About Working Groups
Open to Members only, InterAction facilitates more than 30 working groups—from region-focused to sector-specific—which convene Member staff to share information, organize advocacy, and promote ideas.
Civil Society Advocacy and Education
The Civil Society Advocacy and Education Working Group focuses on efforts to strengthen civil society and to ensure NGO access and space in for all assistance efforts. Through the working group, InterAction Members share best practices, address areas of mutual interest and concern, and advance common advocacy that benefits civil society domestically and abroad.Join Group
Climate Working Group
The Climate Working Group educates and advocates for climate change funding on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people. Its focus areas include international climate funding, the nexus between climate change and international development, and climate insurance. This group grew out of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Working Group as a key area of interest.Join Group
Communications Directors Working Group
The Communications Directors Working Group serves as a forum for senior-level communications staff to network, brainstorm, and collaborate. This group also pulls together common messaging and activities around key development and humanitarian issues and campaigns affecting the InterAction community, including conflict or natural disasters.Join Group
The Disability Listserv promotes inclusion of people with disabilities as a human rights issue and a critical component of effective development.Join Listserv
Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group
The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Working Group provides a collaborative platform to contribute towards and learn from risk reduction, preparedness and resilience best practices and works to ensure member perspectives are reflected in global DRR frameworks and policies. This working group is open to non-members.Join Group
Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Community of Practice
The Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Community of Practice builds the capacity of our Members to measure and demonstrate their effectiveness, and to inform donor policies and practices on monitoring and evaluation. The community of practice also promotes the exchange of information on tools, best and cutting-edge practices, and Member experiences on topics of interest.Join Group
Food Security and Agriculture (FS/AG) Working Group
The FS/AG Working Group provides a venue for Members to come together monthly to share information and to plan and coordinate joint education and advocacy work focused on U.S. government policymakers in Congress and in the executive branch.
This group meets the second Thursday of every month at 10:00 am ET.
Fragility Working Group
The Fragility Working Group focuses on the challenges of transforming unstable, conflict-affected societies into resilient ones. This working group is a space for NGOs to shape current U.S. government and multilateral polices related to conflict and violence prevention, stabilization, security, peace-building, and resilience.Join Group
From Pledge to Action Working Group
The From Pledge to Action Working Group is the central forum for Members to discuss and build consensus around effective approaches to enhance safeguarding and prevent sexual harassment and abuse. Together, we seek to strengthen policies, procedures, reporting mechanisms and survivor support systems, while also sharing best practices and building work cultures that allow staff and local communities to thrive.Join Group
G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance
The G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance is a group of over 40 InterAction Members and allies who work together to influence the annual G7 and G20 summits. The Alliance meets on an as-needed basis beginning eight to nine months before the summits, to select policy issues to advocate around, based on summit agendas. Recent issues have included anti-corruption and transparency, food security and nutrition, financial inclusion, financial transparency and tax fairness, G7/G20 accountability, jobs and employment, and trade. Alliance members form policy teams who draft short briefs used to advocate with the White House, USAID, Department of the treasury, and other agencies. The Alliance has also worked on common messaging for media surrounding the summits.Join Group
Gender-Based Violence Working Group
Great Lakes Working Group
The Great Lakes Working Group meets on an ad hoc basis to discuss operational concerns and to coordinate advocacy efforts. Open to InterAction Members only.Join Group
Horn of Africa Working Group
The Horn of Africa Working Group meets on an ad hoc basis to share information and coordinate advocacy for the Horn of Africa region. Current priorities include humanitarian access, operational constraints, and refugee/IDP issues. Open to InterAction Members only.Join Group
Iraq Working Group
The Iraq Working Group discusses operational challenges in Iraq and advocates for greater funding for continuing humanitarian needs as the response shifts to early recovery. The working group meets on a monthly basis with regular information sharing. Open to InterAction Members only.Join Group
Lake Chad Basin Working Group
The Lake Chad Basin Working Group discusses programming needs and operational challenges in the Lake Chad Basin region including Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. The group also coordinates advocacy for greater funding and humanitarian access. The working group meets on an ad hoc basis with regular information sharing.Join Group
Pakistan Working Group
The Pakistan Working Group meets on an ad hoc basis to share information and to raise awareness about the current humanitarian situation. Open to InterAction Members only.Join Group
Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Community of Practice
The Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Community of Practice provides Members the opportunity to learn from each other and share information and resources on how to effectively prevent and respond to allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse.Join Group
Protection Working Group
The Protection Working Group advances the protection programming and policy concerns of InterAction Members and strengthens the capacity of Members to identify and respond to protection contextual challenges in the field and at headquarters level.Join Group
Public Policy Committee
The Public Policy Committee (PPC) is the central working group for InterAction’s coalition-wide public policy work. It provides a venue for Members to come together twice a month to share information and to plan and coordinate joint education and advocacy work focused on U.S. government policy-makers in Congress and in the executive branch. The PPC also hosts a wide variety of speakers from the U.S. government, giving Members a chance to share their views and ask questions of government officials in a more private setting. While the PPC focuses a great deal on budget and appropriations work, it is also a forum for information exchange and coordination on the full range of policy issues affecting Members.
This group meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm ET.
Refugee Policy Working Group
The Refugee Policy Working Group's main objective is to contribute to and inform the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees through advocacy and policy recommendations that aim to strengthen refugee assistance and protection within the humanitarian system in the areas of: root causes of mass movements, self-reliance (specifically education and livelihoods), climate change and environmental influencers, vulnerable populations, and durable solutions and resettlement.Join Group
Rohingya Response Listserv
This is not an active working group. It only functions as an email list.Join Group
The Security Listserv is open to Member staff, whose responsibilities include the safety and security of their staff, as a means to share relevant information on current issues. Ad hoc security-focused meetings are occasionally scheduled and based on Member need.Join Listserv
Shelter and Settlements Working Group
The Shelter and Settlements Working Group provides a platform to improve the collaboration, capacity, practices, and policies of organizations in the Shelter and Settlements sector. It acts as a link to the global and field-level efforts with the intent of increasing the contribution and impact of humanitarian shelter and settlements stakeholders in natural disasters and conflicts. This group is open to non-members.Join Group
Social Media Working Group
The Social Media Working Group is a collaborative space for social media and digital communicators at member organizations. Participants share social media campaign toolkits, news, and best practices. Webinars and networking events provide additional opportunities for Members to connect and learn from each other.Join Group
South Sudan/Sudan Working Group
The South Sudan/Sudan Working Group meets regularly to discuss programming needs in Sudan, South Sudan, and the wider region; access and security issues for operational organizations; the current conflict; and topics around a political resolution to violence in the region. Open to InterAction Members only.Join Group
Strengthening Partnership Initiative
The Strengthening Partnerships Initiative facilitates greater cooperation between the U.S. government and NGO implementing partners to provide for better program design, increased efficiencies, and to engage policymakers and legislators in their efforts to increase the impact of U.S. foreign assistance.Join Group
Syria Response Working Group
The Syria Response Working Group discusses operational challenges in the Syria region, including Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, and advocates for greater funding and humanitarian access. The working group meets on a monthly basis with regular information sharing. Open to InterAction Members only.Join Group
Together Project Working Group
The Together Project Working Group addresses common issues facing U.S.-based NGOs by strengthening collective capacity, sharing best practices, and developing strategies to combat shrinking civil society space. Structured through five workstreams, InterAction Members work collaboratively on topics such as bank de-risking, positive public image, and interfaith connections.Join Group
UNHCR Partnerships Working Group
The UNHCR Partnerships Working Group comes together on an ad hoc basis around UNHCR’s governance cycle and specific UNHCR-NGO Partnership Initiatives. This includes the UNHCR Standing Committee and Executive Committee meetings as well as the annual UNHCR-NGO Consultations. Previous workstreams included the UNHCR High Commissioner's Structured Dialogue with IFRC and the NGOs, partnership strengthening in the field, and snapshots of field-level partnership.Join Group
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Working Group
The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Working Group seeks to improve U.S. government policies related to WASH issues in order to increase sustainable access to these basic services in the developing world, improve the integration of WASH across development sectors, and prioritize service access to communities most in need. The group also encourages partnerships among private, public, and non-profit donors in the water sector.
This group meets the third Wednesday of every month at 3:00 pm ET.
West Bank/Gaza Working Group
The West Bank/Gaza Working Group meets regularly to discuss operational concerns and to coordinate advocacy efforts. Open to InterAction Members only.Join Group
World Food Programme Partnerships Working Group
The World Food Programme (WFP) Partnerships Working Group seeks to leverage the experience and voice of INGOs working with WFP to improve relations, as well as to promote greater programmatic input of INGOs in WFP strategy and programming. The group meets monthly and includes membership from a range of INGOs.Join Group
Yemen Working Group
The Yemen Working Group meets regularly to facilitate the exchange of information regarding operational challenges and to coordinate advocacy efforts. The group's main priorities include: raising awareness of the humanitarian crisis, as well as access and security issues. Open to InterAction Members only.
This group meets the second week of each month.