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Setting A Bold Agenda

for Relief and Development

300 million
300 million people die each year due to poverty-related causes.

800 million
800 million people go to bed hungry each day.

one billion
Over one billion people do not have access to clean water.
A Closer Look at InterAction...
Our Mission
InterAction’s mission is to:
a Enhance the identity, autonomy, credibility and diverse
perspectives of each member agency.
a Provide a broadly based participatory forum for professional
consultation, coordination and concerted action.
a Foster the effectiveness and recognition of the PVO
community, both professionally and publicly.
a Set a standard of the highest ethics in carrying out its

InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international

development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations.
With 160 members operating in every developing country, we
work to overcome poverty, exclusion and suffering by advancing
social justice and basic dignity for all people.

InterAction is greater than the sum of its parts: a force multiplier

that gives each member the collective power of all members
to speak and act on issues of common concern. InterAction
convenes and coordinates its members so that in unison they
can influence policy and debate on issues affecting tens of
millions of people worldwide and improve their own practices.

Formed in 1984, and based in Washington, DC with a staff of

40, InterAction includes members headquartered in twenty-
five states. Both faith-based and secular, these organizations
foster economic and social development; provide relief to those
affected by disaster and war; assist refugees and internally
displaced persons; advance human rights; support gender
equality; protect the environment; address population concerns;
and press for more equitable, just, and effective public policies.

Reflecting both the generosity of the American people and their

strong support for international development and humanitarian
assistance, our members receive more than $5 billion in annual
contributions from private donors. Neither InterAction nor its
members bear lightly the responsibility of the trust the American
people place in us. As such, members adhere to InterAction’s
Private Voluntary Organization Standards that help assure
accountability in the critical areas of financial management,
fundraising, governance, and program performance.

InterAction exists to enhance the effectiveness and professional

capacities of its members engaged in international humanitarian

InterAction seeks to foster partnership, collaboration and

leadership among its members as they strive to achieve a
world of self-reliance, justice and peace.
Investment in Our Community
Last year, InterAction’s leadership worked to Our community is dealing with a fundamentally
better align our members’ common interests with changed environment. Last year brought
external factors affecting our work on behalf of us many challenges: working with the
the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. U.S. government to recognize that poverty
alleviation is an essential aspect of international
Thanks to the efforts of our member CEOs over development policy and our national interest;
six months, we have identified three strategic making sure our aid workers are safe and
goals that we believe will clarify and strengthen protected abroad; and making sure that, as a
our collective impact. The goals are to: voice for the world’s most disadvantaged, our
1. Promote a bold agenda to focus U.S. foreign messages are heard loud and clear.
assistance on the world’s poor and most
The future is likely to present new and greater
vulnerable and advocate for the creation of
challenges. We are strategically positioned
a Cabinet-level U.S. Department of Foreign
now to meet those challenges. The staff of
InterAction, led by new CEO Sam Worthington,
2. Highlight the contributions of the NGO is committed to supporting our collective efforts
community towards achieving the Millennium to provide humanitarian assistance and promote
Development Goals and other key global sustainable development where both are needed
goals and standards. most.
3. Demonstrate NGO accountability and impact
in development and humanitarian action. Through the work of our 160 members, hundreds
of millions of people are enjoying better lives
Our mission now is to realize these goals as and opportunities for the future. The courage of
we work to ease human suffering around the our staffs, volunteers and partner organizations
world and strengthen people’s abilities to help inspires us to continually do better. We are
themselves. We must carefully monitor and dedicated for the long haul, and determined to
measure our success, and tell the story of our continue building a better world for all.
effectiveness. We must work to find the resources
needed to continue to make a difference in the
world. Success will require the input of every
InterAction member. Charles F. MacCormack
Board Chair, InterAction
President and CEO, Save the Children
Our Work, Redefined
Preparing this report gave me the chance to the helm has been exhilarating and purposeful.
reflect on the many roles I have had within The year ahead promises more of the same.
InterAction, first as a member and now on staff.
I bring to the CEO chair my experiences as a Looking back, 2006 certainly had its share of
long-standing member CEO, board committee challenges, but also brought with it a host of
chair and partnership facilitator. Each role has opportunities and a tremendous chance for us to
further strengthened my belief in the value that channel our collective energy into developing
InterAction brings to humanitarian, relief and goals for our community in a way that will
development efforts. secure our place in this challenging political and
economic environment.
As our community’s new president, I fully
appreciate that the power of our organizations’ InterAction is now poised to act boldly on behalf
combined energies, connected by InterAction, will of our members and those we serve. After a
ensure that our voice—and through us the voices year of extensive planning, our staff, board and
of poor and disadvantaged people around the member CEOs have articulated a clear and
world—will be heard loud and clear on key issues targeted set of goals for our organization and
that affect our community. My first six months at our community. These goals will guide us as we
Our Collective Voice, InterAction Members
Academy for Educational Development Action Against Hunger USA ActionAid International USA Adventist Development and Relief Agency
International (ADRA) African Medical & Research Foundation African Methodist Episcopal Service and Development Agency (AME-SADA)
Africare Aga Khan Foundation USA Aid to Artisans Air Serv International American Friends Service Committee American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee American Jewish World Service American Near East Refugee Aid American Red Cross International Services (ARC)
American Refugee Committee AmeriCares America’s Development Foundation (ADF) Amigos de las Américas Ananda Marga Universal
Relief Team Baptist World Alliance B’nai B’rith International Bread for the World Bread for the World Institute Brother’s Brother Foundation
CARE Catholic Medical Mission Board Catholic Relief Services Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) Center for International
Health and Cooperation (CIHC) Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) Children International Christian Children’s Fund
(CCF) Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) Church World Service Citizens Development Corps Citizens Network for
Foreign Affairs Communications Consortium Media Center Concern America CONCERN Worldwide U.S., Inc. Congressional Hunger Center
Counterpart International Direct Relief International Doctors of the World Episcopal Relief & Development Ethiopian Community
Development Council FINCA International Floresta Food For The Hungry Freedom From Hunger Friends of Liberia Friends of the World
Food Program Gifts In Kind International Global Health Council Global Links Global Resource Services GOAL USA Goodwill Industries
International Habitat for Humanity International Health Volunteers Overseas Heart to Heart International Heartland Alliance Hebrew
Immigrant Aid Society Heifer International Helen Keller International Help The Afghan Children Hesperian Foundation Holt International
Children’s Services The Hunger Project IFES INMED Partnerships for Children Institute for Sustainable Communities Institute of Cultural
Affairs International Aid, Inc. International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
International Crisis Group (ICG) International Institute of Rural Reconstruction International Medical Corps International Orthodox Christian
Charities (IOCC) International Reading Association International Relief & Development International Relief Teams International Rescue
Committee (IRC) International Social Service — United States of America Branch, Inc. International Youth Foundation Interplast Intervida
Foundation USA ISED Solutions Jesuit Refugee Services USA Katalysis Bootstrap Fund Korean American Sharing Movement Latter-day
Saint Charities Life for Relief and Development Lutheran World Relief MAP International Medical Care Development Mental Disability
Rights International Mercy Corps Mercy USA for Aid and Development Minnesota International Health Volunteers Mobility International
USA National Association of Social Workers National Council of Negro Women National Peace Corps Association Near East Foundation
Northwest Medical Teams Operation USA Opportunity International Oxfam America Pact Pan American Development Foundation
Partners for Development Partners of the Americas PATH Pathfinder International Physicians for Human Rights Physicians for Peace
Plan USA Population Action International Population Communication Population Communications International Presbyterian Disaster
Assistance and Hunger Program Project HOPE ProLiteracy Worldwide Quixote Center/Quest for Peace Refugees International Relief
International RESULTS Salvation Army World Service Office Save the Children SHARE Foundation Solar Cookers International Stop
Hunger Now Support Group to Democracy Trickle Up Program Unitarian Universalist Service Committee United Methodist Committee
on Relief United Way International USA for UNHCR U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants U.S. Committee for UNDP U.S. Fund
for UNICEF Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation Winrock International Women for Women International Women’s EDGE Women’s
Environment and Development Organization World Concern World Conference of Religions for Peace World Education World Emergency
Relief World Hope International World Learning World Neighbors World Rehabilitation Fund World Relief World Resources Institute
(WRI) World Vision YMCA of the USA

collaboratively engage with those outside our As we pursue these ambitious goals, we look to
sector to work for lasting and positive change. you, our members and donors, to join us on this
journey. It is an exciting one of touching lives and
What’s on the horizon in 2007? transforming communities, but it also requires
hard work, commitment and vigilance. As we lay
a Continuing to strengthen our collective voice
the groundwork for our next steps, our immense
to effectively advocate for issues of importance
gratitude goes out to those who tirelessly worked
to our community by focusing U.S. foreign
with us to identify our goals, and we look forward
assistance on the world’s poor and most
to working with all of you as we implement them.
a Creating a more effective channel to capture
and share collective contributions and the
overall impact of our members’ activities.
a Exploring new and exciting frontiers by Samuel A. Worthington
seeking and creating strategic alliances and President and CEO, InterAction
partnerships beyond our community and with
NGO partners overseas.
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InterAction Members Were There...

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01. JANUARY 19 05. JULY 12

The Bush administration appoints Randall Hostilities break out along the border
Tobias to the position of Director of Foreign between Israel and Lebanon, beginning
Assistance. The appointment is part of a several weeks of clashes between Hezbollah
larger effort to streamline U.S. foreign aid. and Israeli forces that destroy much of
Lebanon’s infrastructure and endanger cities
02. FEBRUARY 22 and towns in northern Israel. 1,200 Lebanese
and 157 Israelis die. At the peak of the crisis,
The bombing of a Shi’ite shrine in Samarra,
900,000 Lebanese are displaced, though many
Iraq, touching off intense sectarian violence.
return home in a matter of weeks.
Over the course of the year, the violence will
force hundreds of thousands of families to
flee their homes, causing a major crisis for 06. JULY 15-17
refugees and internally displaced persons. The G8 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia
addresses issues of global energy, security, the
03. MAY 5 fight against infectious diseases, education,
counterterrorism, regional conflicts, global
The government of Sudan and the largest
economy, finance and trade and the
Darfur rebel group sign a peace accord in
Abuja. The peace accord comes on the heels
of intense advocacy from Western groups.
However, non-signatories in Darfur dispute 07. JULY 17
the validity of the accord and the region soon A large earthquake again strikes Java,
slides back into chaos, becoming even more triggering a tsunami. 635 people are killed
dangerous for Darfurians and aid workers, and 30,000 people are displaced.
and threatening the neighboring countries of
Chad and the Central African Republic. 08. AUGUST 6
Seventeen staff of Action Against Hunger
04. MAY 27 are killed in their offices in Sri Lanka. 2006
A 6.3 earthquake strikes the city of is especially deadly for aid workers, who
Yogyakarta, Indonesia on the island of Java. also faced dangerous working conditions in
Nearly 6,000 people are killed and 40,000 Afghanistan, Darfur, Iraq and Lebanon.
injured. Hundreds of thousands of homes
are damaged or destroyed.
InterAction’s Annual Conference, Washington, DC

Finding Our Collective Voice

More than 500 leaders from InterAction member
organizations and U.S. and international NGOs, as well as
top officials from the U.S. government, United Nations, the
World Bank and other multilateral institutions gathered
in Washington, DC for InterAction’s 2006 Forum: Finding
Our Collective Voice. The three-day event focused on
international humanitarian and development assistance,
peace and security, and U.S. foreign assistance reform.

The Forum featured former President Bill Clinton speaking

on tsunami recovery, USAID Administrator Randall Tobias,
and a panel discussion on U.S. foreign aid reform with
high-level experts, moderated by noted public radio
commentator Kojo Nnamdi.

At the Forum, President Clinton, speaking as the

U.N. Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, announced a five-
part initiative to review the critical areas still facing
nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in
tsunami-affected regions. He praised InterAction for its
work in holding member organizations accountable for
responsibly spending donations from the U.S. public on
tsunami relief.

“This organization, which is committed to making sure that

NGOs do not live unexamined lives but instead constantly
examine not only what you’re doing but how you’re doing
it and whether you’re working with others to maximum
effectiveness, is profoundly important,” he said.

Featuring high-profile speakers from international politics

and humanitarian aid, InterAction’s annual forum offered
engaging workshops and presented a unique opportunity
for U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations and their
partners to come together to network, pool resources and
discuss issues of mutual concern.
2006 was a year of transition for The work of the Effective Assistance Task Force
and InterAction’s Public Policy staff continues
InterAction—both within the organization and in to build upon InterAction’s Board Statement
the larger world of humanitarian assistance and early in 2006 and on the successful insertion
international development. As our new President, of poverty reduction in the top-line goal of the
Sam Worthington, assumed the presidency of administration’s new Strategic Framework for U.S.
Foreign Assistance.
the alliance, major reforms were taking place in
the U.S. foreign aid structure. Elsewhere in the Gender and Development
world, increasingly dangerous global crises in
places like Darfur and Lebanon put humanitarian In September 2005, InterAction produced a policy
workers under fire. Meanwhile, InterAction and paper on gender and development, Tapping
the Power of Equal Opportunity for Women and
its partners made certain that promises made to
Men—A Proven Strategy for Effective Foreign
developing countries by donor governments in Assistance. Distributed to policy-makers, we
previous years were kept, and that organizations planned to use it in 2006 for ongoing advocacy
were working effectively together on the ground. and more extensive outreach and briefings with
Through the collective strength of its membership, Congress. However, in January 2006 the policy
InterAction and its affiliated organizations environment shifted with the State Department’s
remained at the forefront of advocacy, relief work announcement of the “transformational
and development throughout the year. diplomacy” initiative and our strategy refocused
in response. The gender policy paper served as
an important resource as InterAction developed
its initial position on the emerging reforms. In
Foreign Assistance Reform May, InterAction convened a group of members
particularly interested in the gender equality
Briefings with State Department and USAID dimensions of the reforms. The subsequently
formed Gender and Aid Reform Working Group
In addition to convening a series of brown bag
was very active throughout the second half of the
lunches on foreign assistance reform in coopera-
year and had some impact on specific aspects of
tion with the U.S. State Department’s Office of the
the reforms. In fact, Ambassador Tobias credits
Director of Foreign Assistance (F Bureau), Inter-
the Working Group with his team’s decision to
Action has created a new Effective Assistance
use sex-disaggregated data and to include certain
Task Force to focus on the transformational diplo-
women-specific indicators in the framework.
macy reforms, co-chaired by senior policy staff
from the Global Health Council and World Vision.
This group provides the locus for the best think- The Gender Working Group met initially with
ing on the current reforms and, over time, will members of the F Bureau team and then met
produce alternative recommendations designed directly with Ambassador Tobias to present a
to enhance relief and development effectiveness. list of recommendations in four areas: measure-
These fora have allowed members to raise their ment and indicators; the position of the gender
concerns and provide a critical field perspective function within USAID; proposed changes in the
directly to key personnel at USAID and State, in- USAID Automated Directive System requirements
cluding policy-makers in the Office of the Director related to procurement and gender analysis; and
of U.S. Foreign Assistance. Notable meetings have consultation with women’s organizations in the
included a presentation on the 2008 budget by the field. Throughout the fall, the group continued to
F Bureau’s Chief Operating Officer, Dirk Dijker- meet with senior staff of the State Department and
man, a feedback gathering exercise on the new USAID, as well as congressional staff to advance
State-USAID Five-Year Joint Strategic Plan, and our recommendations. These efforts continue in
meetings with USAID COO Alonzo Fulgham and 2007.
Chief Acquisitions Officer Mike Walsh.
Partnership federations urging our governments to continue to
prioritize poverty reduction and attainment of the
Africa Liaison Program Initiative Millennium Development Goals.

The Africa Liaison Program Initiative (ALPI) works In preparation for the 2007 G8 Summit,
to improve the effectiveness of U.S. assistance InterAction also attended a planning meeting in
to Africa by promoting and supporting strong Berlin in November 2006, organized by VENRO,
partnerships at the country level between African our German counterpart.
NGOs, U.S. private voluntary organizations, and
USAID country missions—three key stakeholders HIV/AIDS – PEPFAR
in development in Africa. ALPI operates in Ghana, Established in 2004 and with approximately 20
Kenya, Mali, Rwanda and Senegal. The ALPI current member organizations, InterAction’s
program strives to create a forum that enables the HIV/AIDS Advisory Group is founded on the
three ALPI stakeholders to: principle that HIV/AIDS must be addressed within
a Discuss common concerns related to their the broader context of development, including
relationships and their working environment. health, nutrition, psychological well-being,
education and economic livelihoods. This requires
a Choose topics for joint work intended to
sustainable, inclusive and transparent processes
improve the ability of all to achieve more
at the local level, involving a wide range of
effective development results.
actors, and building local capacity to provide
services over the long-term. Community-based
Joint work initiated under ALPI has led to
responses are critical for addressing a multiplicity
partnerships among key development actors
of individual and family needs, including, but not
that have expanded beyond the principal ALPI
limited to, the need for health care. By mobilizing
stakeholders. The opportunities generated have,
communities to act, locally led responses can more
for example, opened channels of collaboration
effectively and comprehensively meet the needs
with national governments on food security in
of individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS,
Mali, and the development of NGO standards
thereby maximizing the development potential of
in Ghana and the MCA compact in Senegal. In
the community/society.
Kenya, a shared interest in addressing poverty
provided the impetus for bringing together
In May 2006, InterAction published a policy brief,
NGOs and the private sector. Similar initiatives
A Development Approach to HIV/AIDS. The brief
are underway in Senegal and Mali. Partnerships
endorses a “wrap around” approach, particularly
developed through ALPI have also enabled
as it relates to the needs of people on treatment
InterAction to broaden its information base and
to have access to sufficient nutrition in order to
approach on key issues such as U.S. foreign
ensure the optimal impact of anti-retroviral drugs.
assistance reform. This has, in turn, enabled
The brief was widely distributed prior to the UN
InterAction to leverage its reach both in the field
General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS
and in the U.S. For example, InterAction used the
May 31.
ALPI network of PVOs and local NGOs to collect
preliminary information from the field on the U.S.
foreign assistance reform process.
Millennium Challenge Account
InterAction has three action priorities related
G8 Summit to the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA):
poverty reduction, country ownership and civil
InterAction attended the G8 civil society meetings
society participation, and gender integration.
in Moscow in July 2006, where we were able
InterAction and over 35 member organizations
to take advantage of the opportunity afforded
and allies actively engage Millennium Challenge
to coordinate activities with NGO platforms in
Corporation (MCC) staff to identify the most
the other G8 countries. Our combined efforts
effective means of poverty reduction possible
resulted in a joint letter signed by InterAction
under the MCA methodology, and press for
and our counterparts from the other G8 NGO
their implementation. To this end, we have the
following policy and advocacy goals:
a Consultation and participation. Press the
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) InterAction has a long history of work on effective
to adequately involve civil society groups in responses to the increasing violence against aid
compact development and the implementation workers. Ten years ago, InterAction designed
phase. a security course that became a model for
subsequent NGO training programs. In June of
a Growth, poverty reduction and gender. Ensure
2006, the board approved the incorporation of
that the MCC’s economic growth initiatives are
Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS)
designed to reduce poverty, emphasizing the
into InterAction’s PVO Standards. MOSS requires
impact on women and other vulnerable groups
InterAction members to:
At the field level, although the MCA requires a Have security policies and plans for staff at
that local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) headquarters and in the field.
be consulted during compact development and a Allocate resources for security.
involved in implementing MCA programs, reports a Provide staff with security training.
from InterAction staff field visits in West Africa
a Assure accountability for security
and field-based research in Madagascar indicate
that last year collaboration between governments
and CSOs was, at times, low. However, in a Work collaboratively with other humanitarian
most countries the consultation has since been and development community members on
improved. In April 2006, InterAction organized a security issues.
workshop focused on providing African CSOs and
U.S. NGOs with a feasible groundwork for more MOSS provides suggested guidance to help
strategic and effective civil society participation. members decide how to implement the new
In September 2006, a number of African CSOs standards consistently with their missions and
met with MCA Ghana in Accra to advocate for circumstances.
and provide ideas for the further participation of
CSOs in implementing the Ghana program. 2006 also saw important progress in Saving Lives
Together, a new security accord that gives NGOs
ONE Campaign an opportunity to work more closely with the
United Nations to protect their overseas staff from
InterAction continues to partner closely with violence by giving them access to certain security
the ONE Campaign, which is in the process of services provided to UN agency personnel
becoming an InterAction member. Members of working in dangerous places.
InterAction’s Public Policy and Outreach team
coordinate closely with colleagues at ONE on key In November 2006, following five years of
policy and campaign issues through the Public negotiations, in which InterAction played a
Policy Committee at InterAction, as well as ONE’s prominent role, the accord was endorsed by the
Government Affairs and Field Working Groups. Inter-Agency Standing Committee, the UN-
mandated body that coordinates humanitarian
Women, Faith, and Development Alliance activities by UN agencies, the Red Cross
Movement, other international organizations,
The Women, Faith, and Development Alliance
and three international NGO consortia, including
was formed in 2006 under the leadership of
InterAction’s Commission on the Advancement of
Women, the Center for Global Justice and Recon-
As part of our media outreach, InterAction also
ciliation at the Washington National Cathedral,
worked with the Kojo Nnamdi Show on National
Religions for Peace, and Women’s Edge. The
Public Radio on a segment titled Humanitarian
Alliance’s purpose is to mobilize new connections
Workers At Risk.
among faith and development communities to
leverage our collective impact to expand women’s
empowerment globally and to accelerate poverty
Ensuring High Standards
alleviation within the framework of the Millen- First piloted in 2004-2005, Self-Certification
nium Development Goals. A vanguard group of Plus (SCP), a process for member agency self-
over forty organizations from development, faith, assessment of compliance with the InterAction
and women’s communities, the Alliance is work- PVO Standards, became a requirement for
ing to institute gender equitable approaches in all InterAction members in 2006. To serve our
their own organizations and to impact policies and member organizations in ensuring the highest
legislation that ultimately will result in increased standards of governance and practice, regular
investments in women and girls worldwide. self-certification has always been a membership
requirement. Prior to SCP, members simply
submitted a one-page form affirming their
compliance with the PVO Standards. SCP
includes specific assessment guidelines
and creates a more uniform compliance
assessment process. SCP makes these
internal assessments mandatory
and provides a useful framework for
developing and strengthening systems
that promote improved accountability,
professional conduct and effective
program outcomes, which in turn creates
an important means to meet our obligation
to continue to merit the trust that the
public places in our organizations. Given
the time and depth of the assessment
required under SCP, the InterAction board
of directors has voted to make SCP a Responding to Humanitarian Crises
biennial process, with assessments due for
2006 but not 2007, with the intervening In the summer of 2006, InterAction members responded
year to be used by member agencies to to conflicts in Lebanon and Israel by providing food,
strengthen their systems, policies and shelter, and medical assistance to those displaced from
procedures. their homes or cut off from their livelihoods. Members
also urged the U.S. government for push for a speedy
To assist members, InterAction has ceasefire, and allow unfettered access to humanitarian
produced a resource guide, including workers. Long-term response continues both in the
generic templates for policy statements reconstruction of areas subject to bombing in the
in several areas in which difficulties were campaign, and also to impoverished areas in Gaza and
reported during the pilot stage such as the West Bank.
conflict of interest, document retention
and whistle-blower protection. The Elsewhere, civil conflict in Sri Lanka made conditions
SCP Guidelines and Resource Guide is difficult for aid workers, many of whom were continuing
available on the InterAction website. their long-term response to the 2005 tsunami. The
situation turned especially tragic in August, when 17
As of February of 2007, over 140 member staff of member agency Action Against Hunger were
agencies had completed their 2006 SCP murdered in their offices in a single instance. The
incident bolstered InterAction’s HPPC’s (Humanitarian
assessment and we continue to support
Policy and Practice) advocacy for a safe space for
the remaining 25 with technical assistance
humanitarians to work and access to those in need of
to complete the process. An analysis of
emergency relief.
member submissions will be completed by
fall 2007 and disseminated to all member
Iraq and Darfur, Sudan continued to present a challenge
agencies in an effort to strengthen this
to aid workers, as displaced populations required
self-regulation process. Those who
increased assistance. The February 2006 bombing of a
have completed the 2006 process have
Shi’ite shrine in Samarra intensified sectarian violence
overwhelmingly reported that it proved
in Iraq, which greatly increased the number of refugees
useful, not only in assessing standards
and internally displaced persons fleeing their homes.
compliance, but more importantly, in
Violence in Darfur spilled over into the neighboring
evaluating their internal policies and
countries of Chad and the Central African Republic,
procedures—particularly those related
creating more refugees and internally displaced
to governance, financial management,
persons. In both Iraq and Darfur, the disturbing trend of
human resources—and in assessing their
aid workers being targeted for violence has continued.
mission and program goals.
InterAction member agencies continue to respond to
these crises, and press for more security for aid workers.
A central, essential goal of SCP is to serve
as a catalyst for member agency self-
InterAction, through HPPC, continues to monitor the
reflection that leads to institutional growth burgeoning avian flu crisis by mapping members’
and learning. Ultimately, it is believed response capabilities in high-risk countries. Also
that having the systems, policies and in 2006, InterAction hosted a workshop led by the
procedures needed to meet InterAction’s Building Safer Organizations Project to train NGO staff
Standards will lead to better program to conduct investigations into allegations of sexual
outcomes and impact for the people and abuse and exploitation of program beneficiaries by staff
communities being served. members.
American Council for Voluntary International Action
Statement of financial position as of December 31, 2006 and 2005



Cash 811,964 324,066
Investments 2,396,974 2,200,945
Accounts receivable 57,895 62,335
U.S. government grants receivable 57,496 69,938
Prepaid expenses 30,716 47,949

Total current assets 3,355,045 2,705,233


Furniture and equipment, net of accumulated
depreciation and amortization of $80,883 and
$67,446 for 2006 and 2005, respectively 128,985 25,103

Security deposits 69,834 18,694

TOTAL ASSETS $3,553,864 $2,749,030



Accounts payable 81,440 13,000
Accrued employee benefits 413,438 351,572
Refundable advance 43,913 -

Total current liabilities 538,791 364,572

Unrestricted 1,864,636 1,958,900
Temporarily restricted 1,150,437 425,558

Total net assets 3,015,073 2,384,458


American Council for Voluntary International Action
Statement of activities and changes in net assets for the years ended in December 31, 2006 and 2005

FY 2006 FY 2005
Temporarily Temporarily
REVENUE Unrestricted
Total Unrestricted

Grants from U.S. government 1,690,066 - 1,690,066 1,414,775 - 1,414,775

Foundation awards - 1,544,785 1,544,785 - 1,324,662 1,324,662
Member contributions 102,695 - 102,695 218,866 - 218,866
Membership dues 1,555,880 - 1,555,880 1,601,125 - 1,601,125
Publications 228,654 - 228,654 304,390 - 304,390
Forum, meetings and workshops 185,415 - 185,415 167,645 - 167,645
Interest and investment income 76,148 - 76,148 85,316 129 85,445
Other income 23,702 - 23,702 14,680 - 14,680
Net assets released from restrictions 819,906 (819,906) - 1,605,363 (1,605,363) -
Total revenue 4,682,466 724,879 5,407,345 5,412,160 (280,572) 5,131,588

FY 2006 FY 2005
Temporarily Temporarily
EXPENSES Unrestricted
Total Unrestricted

Program services:
Member services 1,261,598 - 1,261,598 1,100,235 - 1,100,235
Federal and non-federal awards 2,499,972 - 2,499,972 3,020,138 - 3,020,138
Legislative activities 167,066 - 167,066 173,487 - 173,487
Total program services 3,928,636 - 3,928,636 4,293,860 - 4,293,860
Supporting services:
General and administrative 860,917 - 860,917 753,319 - 753,319
Fundraising 127,200 - 127,200 78,349 - 78,349
Total supporting services 988,117 - 988,117 831,668 - 831,668
Total expenses 4,916,753 - 4,916,753 5,125,528 - 5,125,528
Changes in net assets before other item (234,287) 724,879 490,592 286,632 (280,572) 6,060

FY 2006 FY 2005
Temporarily Temporarily
OTHER ITEMS Unrestricted
Total Unrestricted

Unrealized gain on investments 140,023 - 140,023 21,127 - 21,127

Changes in net assets (94,264) 724,879 630,615 307,759 (280,572) 27,187
Net assets at beginning of year 1,958,900 425,558 2,384,458 1,651,140 706,130 2,357,270

NET ASSETS AT END OF YEAR $1,864,636 $1,150,437 $3,015,073 $1,958,899 $425,558 $2,384,457
Publications Member Profiles 2007-2008
(Available in Fall 2007)
Member Profiles provides a detailed
portrait of over 160 U.S.-based
Monday Developments nongovernmental organizations
Monday Developments provides in-depth news and commentary working in international
on global trends that affect relief, refugee and development development, disaster relief,
work. It features the latest information on the work of InterAction humanitarian assistance and aid. The
members around the world and keeps readers up-to-date on directory comes with a companion
legislative action in Congress that could impact U.S. foreign CD-ROM that is fully searchable and
assistance to developing countries. Monday Developments also gives users the ability to download
describes new resources for relief and development workers, information.
professional growth opportunities, upcoming events and
international employment openings. In 2006, InterAction added OFDA/InterAction Shelter
featured topics and updated the magazine’s look. Workshop Report (2006)
Report of the September 22, 2006,
Shelter and Settlements Workshop
Foreign Assistance in Focus (2005) co-sponsored by USAID/OFDA and
Foreign Assistance in Focus, a striking collection of InterAction. Nearly 70 participants
photographs illustrating effective assistance programs, is a representing a diverse cross-
compilation of winners of the InterAction Annual Effective section of humanitarian actors and
Assistance Photography Contest. This book highlights the institutions engaged in the shelter
successes of effective assistance and heightens awareness sector, including non-governmental
about the benefits of development and humanitarian organizations, academics,
assistance. international organizations,
consultants, and U.S. government
agencies convened in response to
an open invitation to address a wide
Revealing the Power of Gender Mainstreaming: Enhancing range of shelter and settlements
Development Effectiveness of Non-governmental issues.
Organizations in Africa (2005)
This publication tells the story of the profound links between Enhancing the Millennium
gender equality and poverty alleviation at the community level. Challenge Account: Lessons From
The study examines the how-to’s and the impact of innovative Madagascar (2006)
gender mainstreaming strategies of five NGOs in four African This report is the outcome of a
countries. This seminal study, which shows how gender four-month study commissioned by
mainstreaming can be a driving force for development, provides InterAction to analyze the level and
an invaluable resource for development organizations on the quality of civil society consultation
journey toward equitable development. A six-page report is in the MCA process of Madagascar.
also available in French and English. As the first eligible country to sign a
MCC compact, Madagascar was an
Tsunami Accountability Report 2006
InterAction Member Activity Reports optimal case study to provide broader
insight into the early implementation
Member Activity Reports provide information on InterAction’s
of the MCA legislation. The report
member organizations in selected countries. This information
provides a set of recommendations
is distributed to a number of entities including our members,
that aim to strengthen the
UN offices, USAID offices, State Department Offices, partner
MCA process, calling for greater
agencies, and the public. 2006 reports focused on the
communication and consultation
following countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal,
between MCA Madagascar officials
Sudan/Chad, and Northern Uganda. Also available: Tsunami
and representatives from civil society
Accountability Report (2005, 2006)
Produced by Hillary Hosford
With the Humanitarian Policy & Practice Unit, InterAction
And with the support of a cooperative agreement with USAID/OFDA
organizations and donor agencies.
Published in English and French.

A Development Approach to
Ensuring Successful Partnerships: A Toolkit (2006) HIV/AIDS (2006)
Based on the collaborative work of the Africa Liaison Program
This paper presents the case for U.S.
Initiative, the Partnership Assessment and Monitoring Tool
Government entities and the Office
(PAT) was designed to help partners in the important work of
of the Global AIDS Coordinator
assessing how their relationships are working in practice. This
to go further in adopting and
toolkit uses a methodology of self-assessment to evaluate the
implementing a development
quality of partnership relations from the perspective of the
approach in its response to the
partners themselves. Published in English and French.
HIV/AIDS pandemic. A development
approach to HIV/AIDS recognizes
the interplay of scientific, political,
Additional Publications economic and cultural forces that
shape the impacts of the pandemic.
Advocacy Toolkit: Creating Campaigns that Change the World (2006)
Diversity Recruitment Resource Guide (2005)
InterAction Board Statement on U.S. Foreign Assistance Reform (2006)
Seeing the Whole Picture: Building a More Secure World with Effective U.S. Foreign Assistance (2006)
Trade Toolkit: What is Trade Capacity Building? (2006)
Who We Are
Executive Office Team
Samuel A. Worthington, President and CEO
Cynthia Osorio-Florez, Executive Assistant
Board of Directors
Luisa Cordoba, Senior Development Associate Charlie MacCormack, Save the Children (Chair)
Cherri D. Waters, Senior Advisor Ritu Sharma, Women’s Edge (Vice-Chair)
Allen Abtahi, Managemnt Information Systems Consultant Amy Coen, Population Action International (Treasurer)
Samuel A. Worthington, InterAction (Exo-officio)
Strategic Impact Team
Suzanne Kindervatter, Vice President of Strategic Impact
Sylvain Browa, Senior Manager, Partnership and Development Impact Nancy Aossey , International Medical Corps
Thu Cao, Senior Program Associate, Commission on the Advancement of Ken Bacon, Refugees International
Women Rev. David Beckmann, Bread for the World
Kimberly Darter, Program Associate, Partnership and Development Impact
Carol Bellamy, World Learning
Hilary Nalven, Program Associate, Strategic Impact
Sekyu Chang, Korean American Sharing Movement
Humanitarian Policy and Practice Team Julius Coles, Africare
James K. Bishop, Vice President of Humanitarian Policy and Practice Helene Gayle, CARE
Linda Poteat, Senior Program Manager, Disaster Response Geeta Rao Gupta, International Center for Research on Women
Veronika Martin, Senior Manager, Protection and Refugee Affairs Neal Keny-Guyer, Mercy Corps
John Schafer, Security Coordinator Lee Hamilton, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Elizabeth Bellardo, Senior Program Associate
Lelei Lelaulu, Counterpart International
Heather Powell, Program Associate, Protection and Refugee Affairs
Lavinia Limon, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Jillian Robbins, Program Associate
Jo Luck, Heifer International
Public Policy and Outreach Team John McCullough, Church World Service
Todd Shelton, Senior Director, Public Policy and External Relations Ruth Messinger, American Jewish World Service
Nasserie Carew, Director of Public Relations Steve Moseley, Academy for Educational Development
John Ruthrauff, Senior Manager of Member Advocacy Sarah Newhall, Pact
Estrellita Fitzhugh, Program Manager, Government Relations Ray Offenheiser, Oxfam America
Kenneth L. Forsberg, Senior Legislative Associate
Dan Pellegrom, Pathfinder International
Julie F. Montgomery, Senior Communications Manager
Evan Elliott , Senior Advocacy Associate Linda Pfeiffer, INMED
Joshua M. Kearns, Communication Associate Bill Reese, International Youth Foundation
Robyn Shepherd, Media Specialist Yolonda Richardson, CEDPA
Leonard Rubenstein, Physicians for Human Rights
Membership and Standards Team George Rupp, International Rescue Committee
Barbara J. Wallace, Vice President of Membership Richard Stearns, World Vision
Kenneth J. Giunta, Senior Director, Standards & Member Services
Cassandra Kennedy, Senior Program Associate

Finance and Administration Team
Rishi R. Bhatia, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration
Devinder Jaitly, Accounting Manager
Karthi Luneburg, Administrative Manager
Mariam Ehsanyar, Accountant
Mattie Ressler, Receptionist

Special Thanks to Our Donors

Generosity and support from the following organizations have allowed InterAction to carry out its
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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
CARE Indonesia; Free Burma Rangers;
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Karl Grobl; Tanya Habjouqa; Darcy
David and Lucille Packard Foundation Keifel; Sandy Krawitz; Jiro Ose; Save the
Rockefeller Brothers Fund Children; John Stephens; Kimberlea Tracey;
University of Toronto; www.christianpost.
United Nations Millennium Campaign com;;
Africa Bureau, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID A special thanks to Darcy Keifel for
donating her photograph for the cover.
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