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From the Frontlines: Lessons from Ebola

As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa appears to have receded from the deadly highs of the past year, there are many lessons that we can all learn from this tragedy -- from the need to strengthen health systems, to the importance of coordinated responses at all levels, from the local to the international. But for me, from my experience spending the last year on the front lines against the disease, the lessons of the past year are far more simple.

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

InterAction’s 2015 Effective Assistance Photography Award

"He is going to make a friendship with a lion (though not real but still, a lion is a lion) with the lion's favorite dish in his lap."

- Photographer Partha Kar 

For 13 years, InterAction has held a photography contest to highlight the innovation and determination of individuals around the globe. This year, the winner of the Effective Assistance Photography Award is Partha Kar, for his submission Friendship.

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.

Congressional Food Security Briefing Series Officially Launched

The House Hunger Caucus, in collaboration with InterAction and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, launched the international food security briefing series, “What’s Food Got to Do with It?” on Monday, June 15, 2015 with a panel discussion entitled, “The Other Crisis in Syria: Regional Destabilization Due to Higher Food Prices, Lower Wages, and Threats to the Food Supply.”