Mental Health, Psychosocial Support for Women in the Wake of Crisis

Natural disasters, armed conflict, and other humanitarian catastrophes affect millions of people around the world. They can result in emergency situations marked by extensive mortality and morbidity rates, mass displacement of people, malnutrition, disease, and the destruction of political, economic, and health care infrastructures. In 2015 alone, about 150 major natural disasters affected millions of people worldwide.

The 2016 G7 Summit: Successes Thus Far

As with most major international summits, real, change-affecting policy is written long before the heads of government arrive in the host nation. This year is proving to be no different.

U.S. Zika Funding: A Race Against the Rain

TJ McCloud, OneWorld Health's Central America Director, speaks to the emerging threat of the Zika virus, the need for action and the preventative steps being taken to combat the disease throughout Nicaragua.

Serving the Rohingya Community at Home and Abroad

Omar has spent almost 29 years of his life in search of a real home that he could call his own. As a Rohingya Muslim from western Myanmar, he had to leave his home country, where he was neither recognized as a citizen nor given basic civil rights. After three difficult, precarious decades in several countries he arrived in Chicago, where he was finally able to settle down in safety. Here, he joins the steadily growing number of fellow Rohingya refugees and hopes to enjoy, at last, the comforts of a safe and welcoming community.

The Clock Is Ticking in the Horn of Africa

The scorched husks of withered plants lie scattered across a sprawling plane of dried mud. The vast basin was once covered with a glimmering lake fed by the rushing currents of a local river; now a choking wind blows over the cracked earth.

Why Our Brilliant Ideas Don't Work

Recently, I have been privileged to attend a workshop on women empowerment in Washington, D.C.  Three speakers presented their organizations’ works and efforts to help vulnerable women around the world.  Shiny presentations were shown on big screens, followed by vibrant discussions and rounds of applause.  There was clearly no lack of good intentions and an honest willingness to help less privileged communities.

Reflecting on Gayle Smith’s Message of Hope

One of the things I enjoy the most as CEO of InterAction is the chance to bring together the NGO community and its partners each year at our annual Forum. It's always a tough task in deciding how to allocate the limited amount of time we have available, though each year we are thrilled and grateful for the insightful dialogues that ensue over the three days.

This year we had a special honor and treat – a keynote address by recently appointed USAID Administrator Gayle Smith. Her remarks were not only poignant and captivating, but timely.

Fears of Famine as East Africa Drought Leaves Thousands of Animals Dead

As dead animals line the road, the Muslim Charities Forum is calling for urgent action before East Africa’s severe drought becomes a famine.

The goats were first to die, followed by the cows. Now even the bodies of drought-resistant camels lie by the side of the road.

The fear in Somaliland is that people will be next. Two years of below-average rainfall has pushed this self-declared independent state to the brink of famine and, after walking hundreds of miles and finding no water, nomadic pastoralists have watched their livestock die in droves.

InterAction Announces Patricia McIlreavy as New Vice President of Humanitarian Policy and Practice

WASHINGTON – On April 18, 2016, InterAction officially announced the selection of Patricia McIlreavy as the vice president of humanitarian policy and practice. McIlreavy was chosen to head InterAction's humanitarian team after an extensive international leadership search.

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At a Glance: Member Insights on Proposed FY2018 Budget

On Tuesday, May 23 the White House released its budget plan for fiscal year 2018, which proposed slashing funding for effective, life-saving programs that help create a safer and more secure world. InterAction joined 82 member organizations in a statement calling on members of Congress to sustain support for a robust International Affairs budget in FY2018. See more information on InterAction's recommendations for funding poverty-fighting accounts in Choose to Invest FY2018.

 

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