Best of 2015: Our Five Most Popular Blogs

2015 was a powerful and emotional year for storytelling. Accounts from the front lines of Ebola captured the power of human spirit and resistance, while ongoing coverage of the Sustainable Development Goals offered hope for the progress to come. With contributions from staff, members, partners, and academia, InterAction's blog mirrored civil society's conversations in 2015 and offered advice for those looking to further engage with the sector.

Spotlight on South Sudan - What NGOs Should Know

On December 14, I sat down with Lindsay Hamsik, the ‎policy and advocacy advisor at South Sudan NGO Forum - an independent coordinating body of approximately 160 national and 142 international NGOs that serves and facilitates the work of its members to address the humanitarian and development needs in South Sudan - to discuss the crisis currently affecting South Sudan and the challenges NGOs face when providing assistance there. 

Guardian Op-ed: Dear Obama, you can lead the way to protect civilians in conflict

On April 2, the Guardian Development Network ran an op-ed by InterAction CEO Sam Worthington calling on President Obama to lead the way on protecting civilians in conflict and restoring global respect for international humanitarian law.

Eight Steps to Successfully Managing a Founder Transition

The departure and replacement of long-tenured Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of international humanitarian organizations are clearly complex and often go awry. When the CEO is also the founder, the situation becomes even trickier. The issues involved are not unique to social change organizations, but they are perhaps more pronounced. Egos can get bruised, feelings hurt, and people struggle to function in new roles, in part because they are not properly supported. Mission focus gets blurred, if not temporarily lost. 

Q&A with Lindsay Hamsik - Part 2

Lindsay Hamsik is the ‎policy and advocacy advisor at South Sudan NGO Forum. InterAction's blog moderator sat down with her on December 14 to discuss the crisis currently affecting South Sudan and the challenges NGOs face when providing assistance there. 

Q&A with Lindsay Hamsik - Part 1

Lindsay Hamsik is the ‎policy and advocacy advisor at South Sudan NGO Forum. InterAction's blog moderator sat down with her on December 14 to discuss the crisis currently affecting South Sudan and the challenges NGOs face when providing assistance there. 

Reflecting on 2015: What Images Inspire You?

Images can accomplish in a glance what we try to persuade others of every day. We, who fight to end global poverty and promote human dignity, can quickly get into the minutia of microfinancing in Iraq or improving food security in Togo – and that is important.  But we don’t do this work only because it’s technically challenging or innovative; we do it because of how lives can change. 

Spotlight on Somalia - What NGOs Should Know

Director of Somalia NGO Consortium Abdurahman Sharif explains the crises currently affecting the country, including expected El Niño conditions.


For the people of Somalia, expected El Niño conditions threaten to compound an already fragile humanitarian situation.

The Coming Revolution in Development

The prospects for a majority of people in the developing world have radically altered over the last 25 years. Never before has so much changed for so many. Average income doubled and female illiteracy declined by 50%. Six billion people gained access to cellphones and the percent of people living in extreme poverty dropped below 10% for the first time in recorded history.

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