Our Work

International Development

International development has the goal of improving the well-being of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The Sustainable Development Goals and aid effectiveness principles are important reference points guiding InterAction’s efforts to advance key priorities in international development. InterAction works with and through its member organizations to strengthen policies and programs to reduce poverty, hunger, gender and social inequity and environmental degradation in more than 130 countries.  

Successful development requires active collaboration between communities, governments, the private sector and civil society. Participation and partnership are important values for global development work and guide InterAction’s approach to the thematic working groups it convenes in important development sectors. Comprised of the policy and program staff of U.S. NGOs, the working groups collaborate in shaping strategies and approaches in food security and agriculture, livelihoods, gender, nutrition, health, governance, aid effectiveness and evaluation, youth development, environmental sustainability, adaptation to climate change, water and sanitation. Gender equity and environmental sustainability are cross-cutting priorities for the working groups.

InterAction’s initiatives in aid effectiveness, mapping, evaluation and program effectiveness, and best practices and innovations reflect the importance of identifying and disseminating more effective development approaches. By promoting collaborative links and knowledge sharing among civil society organizations and platforms, we help NGOs capitalize on the experience, strategies and networks they co-create with the communities in which they work. InterAction’s mapping initiative collects and displays information on the work of more than 100 U.S. NGOs managing nearly 2,300 development projects around the world.


Sustainable Development Goals - InterAction and its members, more than 180 U.S.-based NGOs that work with the world's poor, have launched a Post-2015 Task Force to collectively and strategically advocate for a framework that is effective in creating a more just, prosperous and peaceful world. 

Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index - InterAction hosted a panel for a discussion of the interplay between NGO operating environments, capacity building of local organizations and sustainability. With the 2011 CSO Sustainability Index (CSOSI) for Sub-Saharan Africa as a touchstone, presenters considered ways that governments, donors and INGOs can better support local CSOs given differing country contexts, challenges and lessons learned.