Sam Worthington

Sam Worthington is chief executive officer of InterAction, the largest U.S. alliance of nongovernmental international organizations, with more than 220 members and partners. Sam leads the U.S. NGO sector’s engagement at the highest levels with the UN, governments, and civil society groups around the world. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, routinely consults with the administration, speaks to boards and at universities, and is a regular contributor on numerous major national and international media outlets.

Sam is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; serves on the Advisory Committee for Voluntary Foreign Assistance (ACVFA) at USAID and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) at the UN; and sits on the boards of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Van Leer Group Foundation, FORUS, and The Alliance to End Hunger. His numerous leadership roles include serving on the White House Task Force on Global Development and Poverty, working as a founding board member of the ONE Campaign, chairing the global NGO Impact Initiative on behalf of UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery President Bill Clinton, and serving on the steering committee of the NGO Leadership Forum at Harvard University. He was a resident policy fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center.

Sam holds a master’s degree with distinction from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. As a Fulbright scholar he completed postgraduate research at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, and as a midcareer professional, an executive leadership program at the Harvard Business School. Among other awards, he has an honorary doctorate.

Looking Back on 2013

For development and humanitarian actors, 2013 was a year of crisis, change and ambitious vision in which InterAction members continued to carry out their missions around the world while adapting to a rapidly changing funding and policy ecosystem.

A Letter from InterAction's CEO on Typhoon Haiyan

Super Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines last week has triggered a massive and coordinated global response. As our community mobilizes and responds, I want to take a moment to share what we know so far, and to ask for your help.

Aiming High on the Post-2015 Agenda

Some degree of poverty will always exist in the world. But the end of extreme poverty—bringing the number of people living on less than $1.25 per day to virtually zero—is for the first time in history an attainable goal. To achieve it, we must redouble our efforts before the Millennium Development Goals expire, and we must enshrine this bold vision in the goals that replace them.

Celebrating World Poverty Day with a Bold Commitment

We live in a world where more than 1 billion people struggle to find enough to eat every day. More than 1 billion live in homes with inadequate roofs and no latrines. Basic services like schools and health centers are out of reach. For many individuals life remains a struggle to find the most basic human dignity.

This is our world today. But it does not have to be our world tomorrow.

Finding Our Common Voice and Our Collective Power

On June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of InterAction and our coplaintiffs in AOSI vs. USAID, a case challenging a 2003 law that required all groups receiving U.S. government funds for international HIV and AIDS work to have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution. The issue at hand was not prostitution, or its victims, but whether our government has the right to dictate what U.S. NGOs must say as they implement programs with private resources.

Investing in Security in a Difficult Budget Environment

Many of you know the feeling of walking or driving in an insecure environment outside the UN wire or the rush to get back to a compound before curfew. Security has always been a reality for NGOs but increasingly it is central to their work. In today’s economic climate U.S. NGOs are being pressed to deliver more aid with fewer resources. Overhead costs and funds for developing or maintaining agency-wide capacity, including security staff and systems, are often first to suffer cuts.

Using Maps for More Than Just Shipping

Walking around Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the months after the 2010 earthquake, I was confronted with a major challenge. How could InterAction, as the largest coalition of more than 180 U.S. humanitarian and international development non-profits, actually help coordinate the massive engagement of our member NGOs?

InterAction's Food Security Pledge: $1 Billion of Potential Leverage

Last fall InterAction pledged that its member NGOs would spend more than $1 billion (InterAction has since increased the pledge to $1.5 billion) in private resources on food security, agriculture and nutrition work over the next three years.  It may come as a surprise that U.S.-based NGOs have this amount of private resources to commit to ensuring more families worldwide have the food they need. Thanks to support from the individuals, foundations and corporations who believe in their cause and approach, they do. 

It's Time to Move from Rhetoric to Action on Aid Transparency

Today, transparency is thought to be as essential for effective development as gender equality or local ownership. Without transparency, real accountability is impossible. Without accountability, it is difficult to achieve meaningful, lasting results.

Tackling Chronic Hunger Together In 2013

Chronic hunger and undernutrition will be on my radar in 2013 as InterAction’s members intensify their efforts to solve a problem that has no place in the 21st century.

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