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Strategic Goals


GOAL #1:
Promote a bold agenda to focus U.S. development and humanitarian assistance on improving the
conditions of the world’s poor and most vulnerable.

Engage with the USG to advance poverty alleviation and humanitarian relief as major
independent US foreign assistance priorities.

Advocate for the creation of a Cabinet-level US Department of Development and Humanitarian

InterAction, as the main coalition of U.S.-based international NGOs focused on global poverty, will urge the U.S.
government to expand and improve U.S. foreign assistance focused on the world's poor and most vulnerable people.
To improve the human condition, InterAction upholds social justice, local ownership, empowerment, and gender

In poor communities throughout the world, InterAction members meet people half way in expanding opportunities in
education, health care, agriculture, small business, and other areas. To forestall or recover from the violence that
impacts millions of innocent civilians, InterAction exercises leadership in conflict prevention, the peaceful resolution of
disputes, and peace building initiatives in post-conflict situations.

The U.S. public expresses its support for advancing human dignity and peace in the world through contributions to
InterAction members totaling around $5 billion annually. InterAction will leverage the impact of this private support by
advocating for the expansion of U.S. Government investments and by insisting that policies and programs are
responsive to the realities of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.

InterAction is targeting the State Department-led aid reform process and US government agencies, specifically the
Millennium Challenge Corporation and PEPFAR. InterAction believes efforts to improve the conditions of the world’s
poor and most vulnerable ultimately need to be institutionalized by establishing a US Cabinet-level Department to
elevate poverty alleviation and needs-based humanitarian relief as a priority in U.S. relationships with the developing

2007 Objectives:

1. Increase Budget (2009) allocations and appropriations (2008) for the Core Accounts, PEPFAR, MCA, and
humanitarian work. (Targets to be determined)
2. Ensure poverty alleviation and humanitarian relief are both stated and actual top line goals of the foreign
assistance and ensure the State Department’s Foreign Assistance Bureau implements a systematic plan for
a deliberative consultation.
3. Develop proposal(s) for a cabinet level department of development and humanitarian assistance.
4. Support members in their advocacy on anti-poverty, non-appropriation legislation as the need /opportunity
arises. (e.g. MCA reauthorization, PEPFAR, GROWTH Act, Global Poverty Act)
5. Ensure the June 2007 G8 Summit in Germany seriously considers appropriate solutions for Africa’s
development and humanitarian problems including HIV/AIDS.
6. Respond to conflicts, emerging humanitarian crises, and broader humanitarian policy concerns through
timely and effective advocacy.
7. To protect humanitarian and development space from encroachment by external forces such as the military,
contractors, and onerous regulations.

GOAL #2:
Demonstrate and enhance NGO accountability and impact in development and humanitarian action.
Focus on aggregating the contributions of the NGO community towards achieving the Millennium
Development Goals, on broadening compliance with the Sphere Project’s Minimum Standards in Disaster
Response, and on aligning with other key global frameworks that advance development efforts and
enable humanitarian action.

Drawing on the uniquely field and practitioner-based expertise of our members, InterAction will compile data on the
impact of NGO programs, particularly as they relate to progress towards achievement of the MDGs and adoption of
the Standards of the Sphere Project. InterAction will use a range of communications vehicles to disseminate this data
widely throughout the international development and humanitarian assistance communities.

This includes using the MDG framework to begin to evaluate and catalogue the contribution of member activities to
global efforts for alleviating poverty; assessing member commitment to sustaining the lives and dignity of those
affected by calamity or conflict; adopting more rigorous procedures for holding the InterAction community accountable
to the PVO Standards, particularly those that relate to our organizational systems, the quality of our work, and its
impact on beneficiaries; taking steps to preserve a humanitarian space for NGOs and security for humanitarian
efforts; and promoting the development of common indicators for measuring results in the communities where
members work and support joint impact assessments and other collaborations in the field.

2007 Objectives:

1. Identify the challenges members face in fully complying with the standards and SCP and will assess
readiness for moving toward specific means of external verification. Using this information, InterAction will
develop a plan to provide needed technical assistance.
2. Test a new process for aggregating NGO contributions to the attainment of MDG 1 (Eradicate Extreme
Poverty and Hunger) working in three countries. As part of this process, IA will assess members' capacity to
measure and verify impact.
3. Assess utilization of the Sphere Standards, identify lessons learned, best practices, and identify challenges
and needs entailed in compliance.
4. Identify best practices and lessons learned in projects contributing to the attainment of MDG 1 (Eradicate
Extreme Poverty and Hunger), MDG #3 (Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality). and MDG 6
(Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and other diseases).

GOAL #3:
Be the voice and prime representative of US international NGOs in building alliances and common
agendas with NGO networks around the world and with other strategic partners.


InterAction exists in an external environment where many groupings of agencies are taking the lead on program
strategies, evaluation, and advocacy in development and humanitarian assistance. InterAction will bring the values
that we represent into this broader community through the development of strategic alliances with a prioritized group
of organizations around particular issues and objectives. These partnerships will leverage InterAction’s political,
intellectual, and financial capital. Our future is one of strategic alliances.

To this end we will promote inter-agency development and humanitarian cooperation in the field and press for
genuine effective partnerships among all agencies; reach out to NGO platforms in G-8 and non-G-8 countries to
encourage and support their participation in international NGO fora and their adoption of the quality and
accountability initiatives.

2007 Objectives:
1. Improve internal communication and cross-unit interaction in order to achieve organizational effectiveness.
2. Improve IA’s understanding of our members in order to better serve our members and provide leadership in
our sector.
3. Increase the visibility and credibility of InterAction as the leader of the NGO sector with critical stakeholders
in the development and humanitarian community in the US. (donors, think tanks, higher learning institutions,
Congressional staff, etc.)
4. Strengthen InterAction’s relationships with other international NGO platforms to influence and shape
humanitarian and development assistance policy and practice, and advance civil society governance.
5. Actively seek and deepen relationships with Southern NGO Platforms in order to formulate and enact joint
actions around poverty eradication and other social justice issues.