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President and CEO

Samuel A. Worthington February 29, 2008
Charles MacCormack, The Honorable Condoleezza Rice The Honorable Jim Nussle
Save the Children
U.S. Department of State Office of Management & Budget
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Vice Chair
Ritu Sharma Fox, Washington, D.C. 20520 Washington, DC 20503
Women’s Edge

Amy Coen, Dear Secretary Rice and Director Nussle:
Population Action International

I write on behalf of InterAction’s 165 member organizations, many
Board of Directors
of which work on the front lines responding to natural and man-
Nancy A. Aossey, made crises around the world. InterAction strongly supports the
International Medical Corps
Kenneth Bacon, Refugees International administration’s pending FY08 supplemental request for funding for
David Beckmann, Bread for the World
Carol Bellamy, World Learning
UN peacekeepers in Darfur, assistance to South Sudan and P.L. 480
Sekyu Chang, food aid to Africa. We remain deeply concerned, however, that
Korean American Sharing Movement
Julius Coles, Africare despite some emergency funding in the FY08 omnibus
Helene D. Gayle, CARE USA appropriations bill, humanitarian account levels remain inadequate to
Anne Lynam Goddard, Christian Children’s Fund
Lee H. Hamilton, meet critical needs. We respectfully urge the administration to
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Neal Keny-Guyer, Mercy Corps revise and increase its FY 2008 supplemental request for
Elizabeth Latham, US Committee for UNDP humanitarian accounts to allow the U.S. to maintain its programs
Lelei Lelaulu, Counterpart International
Jo Luck, Heifer International in ongoing emergency areas and respond strongly to the growing
John McCullough, Church World Service
Stephen F. Moseley, needs of displaced Iraqis and those affected by escalating
Academy for Educational Development humanitarian crises around the world.
Daniel E. Pellegrom, Pathfinder International
Linda Pfeiffer, INMED
Robert Radtke,
Episcopal Relief and Development
The underfunding of these accounts is clear when the current
Yolonda C. Richardson, humanitarian account levels are compared to trends in global needs.
Centre for Development and Population Activities
George Rupp, International Rescue Committee The Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), for example, has
Zainab Salbi, Women for Women International required at least $550 million (including regular and emergency
Ron Sconyers, Physicians for Peace
Kathy Spahn, Helen Keller International funding) in each of the past four years to respond to emergencies
Richard Stearns, World Vision
Tsehaye Teferra, around the world. This year, in the FY08 omnibus, it got $430
Ethiopian Community Development Council million (including emergency funds). The Bureau of Population,
Sam Worthington (Ex-Officio)
Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is similarly underfunded, due to
increased transfers to address resettlement needs.
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While we know there is a supplemental request pending, that request
PHONE: (202) 667-8227 does not include nearly enough to cover these shortfalls, which have
FAX: (202) 667-8236 only grown larger with global events since it was released. It is vital
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conflicts in Kenya and Chad, while also ensuring that we are not
forced to scale back programs that address ongoing—and equally
critical—humanitarian needs in areas like Sudan, Somalia, the
Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Colombia and the Middle

InterAction is a membership association of U.S. private voluntary organizations engaged in international humanitarian
efforts including relief, development, refugee assistance, environment, population, public policy, and global education.
East. Without additional resources, our government will be forced to make difficult
tradeoffs that will result in needless suffering and lost lives.

In addition to adequately funding our government’s own direct disaster and refugee
response, the U.S. should be providing critical bilateral assistance to our allies in the
Middle East that are struggling to accommodate large numbers of Iraqi refugees.
Consistent with legislation recently signed into law, funds are also required to assist
Iraqis receiving Special Immigrant Visas and their accompanying family members.

When the administration’s FY09 budget was released, our expressions of concern at the
low levels requested for the humanitarian accounts were met with assurances that these
accounts would get additional funds in a supplemental. The time to begin making good
on that pledge is now, particularly since the FY08 supplemental will likely be the only
opportunity this year. An updated supplemental appropriations request would clarify the
urgent funding needs and help Congress move quickly to address them.

We will be issuing our updated estimate of emergency funding needs soon and look
forward to sharing it with you and Congress. In the meantime, we welcome the
opportunity to discuss these issues in greater detail and we thank you for giving this
matter your utmost consideration.


Samuel A. Worthington
President and CEO

cc: The Honorable Henrietta Fore, Acting Administrator, USAID

InterAction is a membership association of U.S. private voluntary organizations engaged in international humanitarian
efforts including relief, development, refugee assistance, environment, population, public policy, and global education.