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Children and Youth

Children and youth constitute over half of the world’s population and are the majority population in many countries, putting in sharp relief the urgency of prioritizing their development. Millions of young people have witnessed setbacks to decades of progress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, mounting food insecurity, ongoing conflicts, and more. Through our Members, we’re helping push the world back in the right direction.

InterAction’s Children and Youth programming works to ensure strong and sustainable global development and humanitarian aid outcomes in low- and middle-income countries, focusing on U.S. government policies, programs, and funding that address children and youth’s needs. We accomplish this by echoing the priorities of our Member organizations—both big and small—to influential policymakers.

On the programmatic side, we help Members tailor opportunities and pursue outcomes that are sensitive to a child's individual identity, cultural background, family dynamic, and community environment. Through the Children and Youth Working Group, InterAction shares best practices and information, coordinates and stimulates advocacy, identifies gaps in programming, and integrates this programming across other sectors and subgroups in our coalition.


Global Development

Trailblazers of Today

Globally, children and youth comprise the largest generation in history. Over 2 billion people are under the age of 18—yet they are often…
Caitlin St. Amour
Jun 29, 2022