UN aid chiefs see 'glimmers of hope' in Syria

The United Nations' top humanitarian officials on Friday welcomed "fragile glimmers of hope" in Syria after a ceasefire allowed more aid deliveries, but warned this progress was "just not enough."

In a joint statement issued ahead of the fifth anniversary of the war, the heads of aid agencies said they were "extremely concerned" about the situation in northern rural Homs and in Aleppo, where 500,000 people are caught behind frontlines.

In the past few weeks, "we are seeing signs of momentum, fragile glimmers of hope," said the 11 signatories of the statement.

Behind the Music: Young Professionals Summit Edition

This is the story of one of InterAction’s premier tracks at Forum 2016. The Young Professional (YP) Summit shines a spotlight on one of Forum’s most interesting and diverse groups.  Let’s hear the story of how it happens.

InterAction’s NGO Aid Map Publishes 11,500+ Projects to IATI – and Counting

Starting today, NGO Aid Map will begin publishing its data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). This means the addition of data from more than 100 InterAction member organizations with thousands of projects, spanning almost all countries and sectors. NGO Aid Map data will be published daily so there is little to no delay between the time we get data from our members and the time it becomes available via the IATI Registry.

Q&A With Abdurahman Sharif

Abdurahman Sharif is the director of the Somalia NGO Consortium, a network of International and local NGOs working in Somalia. InterAction's blog editor sat down with him on Dec. 4, 2015 to discuss the crisis currently affecting Somalia and the challenges ahead for civil society.

 

 

The Right Balance: Reducing Risks while Advancing Human Wellbeing

We usher in a new year where, due to recent terrorist attacks, living in Paris today feels different than it did just a few years ago. And far from a western capital, risks for NGOs are on the rise. Bombings, kidnappings, and gunfire exchange between armed groups makes working in Syria significantly more dangerous than prior to the Arab Spring. No one will deny that the risks we face today are very real and growing.

Youth Leadership and Voice in Post 2015: UN Resolution 2250

It is not new knowledge that half of the world’s population is made up of persons under the age of 35, the majority of whom are youth older than 15. As the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals near, the world will be responsible for achieving sustainable development within only fifteen years. In the absence of the estimated two trillion dollars per year to realize the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals, development initiatives must be implemented efficiently and – ideally – through community leadership to reduce loss of money from trickle-down approaches.

Youth Program Celebrates Success in Mali

In rural Mali, thousands of young people have gained the skills, knowledge, and tools to improve their lives and bolster their communities thanks to the USAID-funded Mali Out-of-School Youth project (PAJE-Nièta).

November marked the successful conclusion of PAJE-Nièta during a special ceremony in Bamako. As part of the ceremony, the project officially transferred basic education materials, developed by EDC, to the Government of Mali, ensuring that they can be used to inform other basic education and youth entrepreneurship development programming in the future.

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