WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- InterAction—the largest U.S. alliance of international nongovernmental organizations—announced a commitment today by 30 of its members to collectively invest over $1.2 billion in private resources on global humanitarian assistance efforts over the next three years. The pledge announcement comes in advance of President Barack Obama's Sept. 20 Leaders' Summit on Refugees. Global leaders present at the summit are also expected to make new and significant pledges to help address the global refugee crisis.
According to the UN refugee agency, there are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today, the highest number since World War II. By utilizing donations from individuals, foundations and corporations, the NGOs participating in the InterAction pledge will work to provide urgent medical assistance, food and nutrition security, shelter, education and other essential services to refugees and displaced populations across the globe.
"The American people have a long, proud tradition of aiding others in times of great need. Today's global refugee crisis is no exception," said InterAction CEO Sam Worthington. "InterAction is proud to represent 30 of its members in making this important humanitarian assistance pledge. Today's announcement represents a down payment on the ongoing commitment of U.S. civil society to work together with public and private partners to help displaced populations in a time of historic humanitarian need."
USAID, InterAction and its members have a strong history of partnering to tackle critical humanitarian challenges. The InterAction pledge is the latest example of U.S. civil society's ability to collectively harness its resources and partner with public and private sector allies to assist people and communities affected by devastating natural and man-made disasters.
"With today's global refugee crisis straining the world's resources and testing our resolve, the American people have once again stepped up through this extraordinary display of generosity from InterAction and its members," said USAID Administrator Gayle Smith. "This commitment will help galvanize the international community ahead of President Obama's Leaders' Summit on Refugees and spur further action from governments, businesses, and donors to meet the urgent needs of refugees and displaced persons around the world."
Over the three-year commitment period, InterAction will track and annually announce the total private investments by participating member NGOs in humanitarian aid related to refugee services and relief. Additional information and updates will be available online at www.interaction.org.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA); American Jewish World Service; All Hands Volunteers; AmeriCares; CARE U.S.; Catholic Relief Services; Church World Service; Global Communities; Headwaters Relief Organization; Heartland Alliance International; HIAS; International Medical Corps; International Rescue Committee; Islamic Relief USA; Mennonite Central Committee U.S.; Mercy Corps; Operation USA; Oxfam America; Project CURE; Relief International; Syrian American Medical Society; Salvation Army; Save the Children U.S.; Stop Hunger Now; U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI); UNICEF USA; World Food Program USA; World Concern; World Hope International; World Vision U.S.
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InterAction is the largest U.S. alliance of nongovernmental international organizations, with more than 180 members. Our members operate in every developing country, working with local communities to overcome poverty and suffering by helping to improve their quality of life. Visit www.interaction.org.
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