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NGOs Call for Urgent Congressional Action to Prevent and Address Civilian Harm

On November 30, 2021, InterAction and 23 NGOs submitted a letter to Congress calling for urgent and sustained Congressional oversight to address systemic shortcomings of U.S. policies designed to protect civilians in armed conflict and investigate civilian harm caused by the U.S. military. This call follows the recent, high-profile…

November 30, 2021
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A Reflection on Accountability for Chemical Weapon Use in Syria

November 30, the Day of Remembrance of all Victims of Chemical Warfare, is an opportunity to reflect on the devastating history of chemical weapon use. Chemical weapons were first deployed in World War I, resulting in over 1.3 million injuries or deaths. Subsequent chemical weapons use in the second…

November 30, 2021
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Gender-Based Violence: Moving from Response to Prevention

Did you know that the United Nations (U.N.) and WHO estimate that one in three women experiences physical or sexual gender-based violence (GBV) in her lifetime? November 25 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the launch of the UNiTE to End Violence…

November 29, 2021
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NGO Community Consultation on Draft USAID Climate Strategy

On November 16, 2021, InterAction hosted Gillian Caldwell, USAID’s new Climate Change Coordinator; Ann Vaughan, the Senior Advisor for Climate Change in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security; and Kathryn Stratos, the Deputy Director of Climate and Cross-Sectoral Strategy within USAID’s Development, Democracy, and Innovation Bureau to learn more…

November 18, 2021
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NGO Recommendations for the U.S. Government’s Global Water Strategy 2017-2022

Access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) has been a cornerstone of U.S. development and diplomacy policy since the passage of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act in 2005 and its subsequent update in 2014—the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act. As the world…

November 12, 2021
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Statement Welcoming USAID’s Commitment to Inclusive Development

InterAction welcomes Administrator Power’s commitments to make aid more accessible, equitable, and responsive. Her remarks on November 4th recognized the important internal steps that must be taken to re-orientate USAID around inclusive and locally-led development and uphold values of diversity and equity. InterAction applauds USAID’s goal of directing 25%…

November 10, 2021
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NGO Recommendations for USAID’s 2021 Youth in Development Policy Update

In the last decade, the global landscape for children and youth has changed significantly. Climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, new digital risks, and protracted crises jeopardize the development gains made for children and youth internationally. Despite being leaders in the fight against climate change, younger generations are likely to face…

November 9, 2021
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Safeguarding in Faith-Based Organizations

The prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (PSEAH) of program participants is a priority for the international non-governmental organization (INGO) sector. SEAH incidents occur when unchecked power imbalances between INGO staff and program participants are exploited and abused. A healthy organizational culture that fosters an environment of mutual respect…

November 8, 2021
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COP 26: NGO Recommendations for Bold Climate Action

We need ambitious and bold commitments at COP26 to avoid worsening global instability, displacement, and hunger in the world’s most marginalized communities. For years, we were warned that we are in the midst of a climate crisis and that only global collective action and bold political will could solve this…

November 1, 2021
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Letter to National Security Advisor Sullivan on Evacuations of Vulnerable Afghans

On October 28, 2021, over 100 non-governmental organizations, including InterAction, sent the following letter to U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan: Dear Mr. Sullivan: We, the undersigned leaders of 103 non-governmental organizations in the international development, humanitarian, peacebuilding, refugee, immigration and resettlement, and veterans affairs sectors write to express our…

November 1, 2021
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Office Re-Opening and COVID-19 Precautions

As the largest coalition of NGOs in the United States, we understand the need to gather and collaborate. After more than a year and a half of our office being closed to Members, we are excited to announce that we are re-opening our doors on November 1. To ensure staff…

November 1, 2021
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Famine Risk and Prevention Spot Report

Global hunger and food insecurity are not new problems—both have steadily risen every year since 2014. However, as a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and economic downturns, the estimated increase in global hunger in 2020 alone was that of the past five years combined. One…

October 20, 2021