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Confessions of a Forum Moderator

A funny thing happened to me on my way to the InterAction Forum last week: for the first time in a very long time, I was asked not to speak, but rather to moderate a session featuring three very capable colleagues: Jerome Lebleu of Global Communities, Luca Pupulin of the REACH Project, and Seki Hirano of Catholic Relief Services. I’ll confess that it was a pleasure to be asked to listen to them!

A Conversation with Ruth Messinger, 2015 Julia Taft Award Winner

Ruth Messinger will receive InterAction’s 2015 Julia Taft Award for her tireless leadership as an activist and social change visionary at InterAction’s Forum 2015.

Three Reasons to Use Innovative Finance, and three Reasons to Avoid It

Free money is the best kind. But is there such a thing? For NGOs, the closest is grant funding from donors. It may take days, months or years to acquire, but you don’t need to return it once you’ve spent it.

Three things to consider before posting your resume online

Will a CV get more attention if posted to a wide range of job boards, or is less more when it comes to online posting? Our members increasingly ask this question as both general and niche job boards –  including in international development – have cropped up around the world, spurred in part by more accessible and affordable website building tools.

Global development communicators: Stuck between fundraising and reality?

Jennifer Lentfer: What is the state of the "development discourse" in your opinion? How can communicators create a more robust dialogue, embracing criticism and inviting debate?

Message of Hope from Kathmandu

Finally, came back to my workstation after few stressful days. The earthquake last Saturday drained everyone to the core. I spent three nights under the open sky with my family and community, and we were constantly hit by strong aftershocks.

It was hard to believe that this had happened – that we had lost our centuries-old heritage, our identity. I was crying with my family as memories of us roaming around the old city came flashing back. However, as hard it was living in that trauma of 72 hours, it made me realize how everyone who survived that disaster was given a chance.

A Picture of Nepal: The Land, the People, the Response

As a Program Officer at the American Red Cross, I understand the devastating impact disasters have on people and the immense effort it takes to implement a successful humanitarian intervention. In my role, I am responsible for South Asia, which includes some of the most hazard-prone countries in the world. In fact, my first trip to Nepal was unforgettable, not because I was traversing its idyllic countryside, but because I was seized by an absolutely paralytic fear of being in an earthquake (something hard for a California native to admit).

“Typical Kathmandu”

Remix your Role in Tackling Social Problems

Let’s be honest—the business-in-society space is filled with events big and small. Professionals working in development, sustainability, CSR, and related fields could hopscotch to a different conference every week. So why choose the 2015 Shared Value Leadership Summit? What’s different about this event? Here are the top five reasons to come to the Conrad New York this May 12-13—all ways in which you can jump-start a smarter strategy for your organization’s role in society:

New Goals for Reducing Disaster Risks

A focus on health, a larger role for women and a look forward to the Sustainable Development Goals

AmeriCares gathered with 40,000 people in Sendai, Japan, last month for the United Nations’ Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The goal of this high-level international meeting and public forum was to agree on a framework to significantly decrease death and destruction from earthquakes, extreme weather, and man-made and other hazards by 2030.

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