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InterAction Working Groups

One of the ways InterAction aids and supports the work of its member organizations is by convening a wide variety of issue-based working groups where members gather to discuss and share vital information, receive training and produce joint materials or products. Typically, these groups are developed according to member interest in an issue or topic around which they feel their collective voices will clarify or strengthen responses.

InterAction's current roster of working groups is listed below. For more information on a specific working group, click the staff contact's name to send an email inquiry.

To request membership in any working group, you must first log in to the site using a recognized email address of an InterAction member organization, and then return to this page to complete the relevant contact information and check the relevant box(es) at the bottom of this page.

Group Description Staff Contact
Afghanistan Working Group

Meets regularly to discuss the current humanitarian situation, advocacy efforts and the role of NGOs and other actors in Afghanistan. Open to InterAction members only.

Abby Bruell
Aid Effectiveness

This is not an active working group. It only functions as an email list.

Kellie Peake

CEO Task Force on Aid Reform and Aid Effectiveness

The purpose of this Task Force is to advocate for a strengthened U.S. NGO – USAID relationship by engaging USAID in a high-level dialogue with InterAction CEOs and senior policy staff. The Task Force monitors implementation of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation and coordinates advocacy to ensure the U.S. government meets the commitments made in Busan. The Task Force is supported by sub-groups organized around three broad topics: procurement reform, transparency and accountability, and building local capacity and country ownership. 

Mark Lotwis
Civil Military/Counter-Terrorism (CMCT) Working Group

The CMCT meets with U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State and USAID officials to discuss civil military and counter terrorism issues, including training and education of U.S. government personnel, U.S. civil military and counter-terrorism policies, and other relevant topics which impact the operating environment shared by NGOs and military actors.

Julien Schopp
Climate, Environment & Development Working Group

The CED working group supports members in advocating for strong public policies and effective programs to help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change.  The working group pursues these goals through policy dialogue and outreach, information sharing, and in-depth discussion of vital issues at the intersection of development, environment and climate change.

Kellie Peake
Communications Directors Working Group

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. 

Deborah Willig

Conflict and Fragility Working Group (CFWG)

The CFWG’s purpose is to engage meaningfully on issues impacting organizations working in fragile states and works to bring attention to the unique needs of self-proclaimed fragile and conflict affected states stemming from the New Deal. Other areas of focus include including advising USAID’s CMM Office and State’s CSO Bureau, congressional outreach and advocacy, and strengthening links with and support for local civil society peace-building, governance and development efforts in fragile states. It is open to non-members.

Nora Malikin
Disability Working Group

The Disability Working Group promotes inclusion of people with disabilities as a human rights issue and a critical component of effective development.

Delyse Lawless
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Working Group

The DRR Working Group provides a forum to share practical international experiences and knowledge as well as works to improve coordination and raise risk reduction on the international policy and programming agenda.

Abby Bruell

Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Working Group (EPEWG)

Aims to build the capacity of our members to measure and demonstrate their effectiveness, and to inform donor policies and practices on monitoring and evaluation. The EPEWG also promotes the exchange of information on tools, best or cutting edge practices, and member experiences on topics of interest.

Laia Grino

Food Security & Agriculture Working Group

The InterAction Food Security & Agriculture Working Group seeks to support and strengthen U.S. NGOs that are active in advocacy and are implementing of field programs in international agricultural development and global food security. Through information sharing, learning and documentation of effective and cross-sectoral program approaches, the working group assists U.S. NGO staff in strengthening field programs and shaping the policies that guide agricultural development. The working group also maintains a dialogue with the U.S. government and multilateral institutions on strategies, mechanisms and program approaches to effective agricultural development, and focuses on Congressional advocacy to ensure that investments in international agricultural development and global food security are sustained and ideally increased and that U.S. policy on these issues remains strong and inclusive of U.S. NGO goals and expertise.

Joseph McGrann

Foreign Assistance Messaging Working Group

This is not an active working group. It only functions as an email list.

Communications Team

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 prior to the summits to select policy issues to advocate around, based on the summit agendas. In recent years, these 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, which are then used for advocating with the White House, State Department, USAID, Department of the Treasury, and other agencies. The Alliance also has worked on common messaging for media surrounding the summits themselves.

John Ruthrauff

Gender Based Violence Sub-Working Group

Provides a collective voice to advance the GBV programming and policy concerns of InterAction member organizations engaged in humanitarian and conflict programs.

Jessica Lenz

Gender in Humanitarian Action Sub-Working Group

As part of the Humanitarian Policy and Practice Team, this group meets bi-annually to support member engagement in the IASC Reference Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action.  Members are also invited to come to InterAction to call-in together for the monthly meetings.

Nora Malikin

Gifts-in-Kind Working Group

Share best practices and trends in the procurement, valuation, management and distribution of gift-in-kind resources.  Provide a collective voice to advance the credibility and accountability of GIK programming of InterAction member organizations and to strengthen their capacity to effectively manage their Gifts-In-Kind programs.  Among the group's objectives are: research new developments in gifts-in-kind standards mechanisms in the U.S. and around the world; and work together to develop updated standards of best practice in GIK programs that reflect the core values of InterAction members, current regulations, and changing global environments.

Delyse Lawless
Global Health Working Group

The Global Health Working Group looks at the “how to” of health delivery and the strengthening of health systems within the relief and development contexts. The working group discusses areas of concern regarding global health, develops specific health policy recommendations and advocates improving health policies and practices across the sector. The group looks for ways to integrate health across other development sectors, incorporate ‘field’ perspectives on health into its messaging and elevate the health agenda in crisis situations.

Erin Rein
Horn of Africa Working Group

Meets regularly to share information and coordinate advocacy. Current priorities include the famine and ensuring humanitarian access. Open to members only. 

Nora Malikin
Humanitarian Partnerships Working Group (HPWG)

The HPWG aims to enhance common understanding, further collaboration and strengthen partnerships with United Nations agencies (namely UNHCR, UNICEF, and WFP) and other key stakeholders within the field of humanitarian response by providing a collective platform for information-sharing, dialogue and action.

Abby Bruell

Mapping/GIS Working Group

An email list for members to learn more about mapping, data management and how to incorporate mapping into their work. 

Mapping Team
Pakistan Working Group

Meets regularly to share information and to raise awareness about the current humanitarian situation. Open to InterAction members only. 

Abby Bruell
Post-2015 Task Force

Launched in February 2013, the TF is convening over the next two years as a forum for strategic information-sharing among interested InterAction members on post-2015 and for collective InterAction advocacy on post-2015 targeting the U.S. government. The TF serves as a high-level forum for engagement with the U.S. government as well as other UN, multilateral, and private sector groups engaged in post-2015 activities. The TF links globally with other civil society organizations on post 2015 related advocacy.

Kellie Peake

Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Sub-Working Group

This group 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. 

Elizabeth Bellardo

Private Sector Working Group

The Private Sector Working Group is a platform for information sharing focused on promoting InterAction members’ strengths as development and relief partners, and also a safe space for dialogue with key private sector actors doing business or expanding into communities where we work. This group caters to and is shaped especially by our colleagues currently in charge of developing and/or managing partnerships with corporations.

Luisa Cordoba

Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) Standards Stakeholder Group

This group is comprised of staff from InterAction and its members with expertise in the various areas addressed in InterAction’s PVO Standards. This group convenes to review and revise the PVO Standards and the Self-Certification Plus (SCP) compliance form to ensure that they reflect current best practice, the demand for NGO accountability and transparency, increasing globalization, and changes in technology. The group is broken into various task forces that focus on specific areas of the standards.

Delyse Lawless
Protection Working Group

Advances the protection programming and policy concerns of InterAction member organizations and to strengthen capacity of InterAction member organizations to identify and respond to protection contextual challenges in the field and at headquarters level.

Jenny McAvoy
Public Policy Committee (PPC)

The Public Policy Committee (PPC) is the central working group for InterAction’s coalition-wide public policy work. It provides a venue for member organizations 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 InterAction 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 our members. 

Caitlin Carr
Security Advisory Group

The Security Advisory Group is comprised of personnel whose responsibilities include the safety and security of their staff. This group is open to those is any InterAction member organization who seek to increase their organization’s overall safety and security capacity. The SAG also serves as an information exchange between members on areas of concern ranging from particular countries to development of policies.

Lauren Rajczak
Shelter and Settlements Working Group (SSWG)

Improving the collaboration, capacity and practice of organizations involved in the humanitarian Shelter and Settlements sector and works towards shared advocacy objectives to strengthen the voice and policy impacts. The SSWG serves as a link to the global efforts with the intent of increasing the contribution and impact of shelter stakeholders in natural disasters and crises. This group is open to non-members.

Mohamed Hilmi
Sudan/ South Sudan Working Group

Meets regularly to discuss programming needs in Sudan, South Sudan and Chad, access and security issues for operational organizations, the implementation of the CPA, and topics dealing with political resolution to violence in the region. Open to InterAction members only.

Nora Malikin
Syria 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. Given the sensitivity behind these meetings, they are closed to members and meetings are not widely advertised.

Abby Bruell

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Working Group

The 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 works hard to encourage partnerships among private, public and non-profit donors in the water sector.

Erin Rein
West Bank/ Gaza Working Group

Meetings monthly to discuss operational concerns and to coordinate advocacy efforts. Open to InterAction members only

Nora Malikin