InterAction FY18 Community Sign-On Letter

April 7, 2017

Dear Member of Congress,

We, the undersigned members and partners of InterAction, urge you to support funding in FY2018 for poverty-focused international development and humanitarian assistance accounts at no less than the levels outlined in the attached recommendations and our accompanying Choose to Invest FY2018. We also urge you to fund the International Affairs Budget (function 150) at no less than $60 billion.

In a world of complex challenges, it is vital that the United States continues its role in global leadership and engagement. Currently, there are over 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide, with almost 21.3 million of them having fled outside their countries of origin as refugees. In addition, over 20 million people face famine, or near famine conditions in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.

There are also global successes; due in large part to U.S. investments, and continued efforts can bring increased stability, improved resilience in the face of disasters, and life-saving humanitarian assistance. Due in part to U.S. assistance efforts, more children survive into adulthood, polio has been nearly eradicated, and poverty has been cut in half since 1990.

With the release of the White House budget blueprint and proposed cuts to the Department of State, USAID, and other related agencies, we call on Congress to preserve U.S. global leadership and support policies and programs that are in our national interest. The continued bipartisan support for development, diplomacy and defense is crucial to maintaining global peace and stability as well as adequate and timely responses to ongoing crises.

U.S. investments in development and humanitarian assistance programs contribute immensely to our national security, benefit our economy, and fulfill America’s deepest moral values. At less than 1% of the total U.S. budget, these programs build sustainability; fight global diseases; improve maternal and child health and nutrition; help smallholder farmers; educate children; support democracy and good governance; promote human rights; provide access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; strengthen civil society; foster equitable growth; advance gender equality; empower women and girls, and protect people from violence, exploitation, and trafficking.

We fully understand the critical need to protect every taxpayer dollar and to ensure these programs generate real and lasting results. That is why we advocate for greater transparency and accountability. The fact is, U.S. foreign assistance delivers results and saves lives.

Assistance efforts are evolving as nations, donors, civil society and the private sector join the U.S. in results-oriented partnerships, that are more effective and efficient, to reduce extreme poverty and help developing countries build self-reliant and independent economies.

Please contact Soshana Hashmie at shashmie@interaction.org or 202-667-8227 for more information. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

1. ACDI/VOCA
2. Action Against Hunger
3. Alliance for Peacebuilding
4. Alliance to End Hunger
5. American Academy of Pediatrics
6. American Red Cross
7. Americares
8. Amref Health Africa
9. Association of Volunteers in International Service, USA (AVSI USA)
10. Basic Education Coalition
11. Better World Campaign
12. Bread for the World
13. Chemonics International
14. ChildFund International
15. Church World Service
16. Combat Blindness International
17. Concern Worldwide US
18. Congo Investment Company Services
19. Congressional Hunger Center
20. CORE Group
21. Creative Learning
22. Doctors of the World USA
23. Education Development Center
24. Episcopal Relief and Development
25. Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB, and Malaria
26. Global Citizen
27. Global Communities
28. Global Health Council
29. HIAS
30. Habitat for Humanity International
31. Handicap International
32. Heart to Heart International
33. Heifer International
34. Helen Keller International
35. HelpAge USA
36. IHC Global Coalition for Inclusive Housing and Sustainable Cities
37. IMA World Health
38. InsideNGO
39. InterAction
40. International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
41. International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
42. International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
43. International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
44. International Medical Corps
45. International Rescue Committee
46. International Youth Foundation
47. IntraHealth International
48. Islamic Relief USA
49. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
50. Juarez & Associates, Inc.
51. Keystone Human Services International
52. Life for Relief and Development
53. Lutheran World Relief
54. Management Sciences for Health
55. Mercy Corps
56. Mercy-USA for Aid and Development
57. Millennium Water Alliance
58. NCBA CLUSA
59. Norwegian Refugee Council USA
60. Operation USA
61. Oxfam America
62. PAI
63. PATH
64. Pathfinder International
65. Planet Aid
66. Plant with Purpose
67. Population Communication
68. Presbyterian Church (USA)
69. Project Concern International
70. Project HOPE
71. Refugees International
72. ReSurge International
73. Rise Against Hunger
74. RTI International
75. Sabin Vaccine Institute
76. Save the Children
77. Seva Foundation
78. Solar Cookers International
79. Solidarity Center
80. The Hunger Project
81. The Nature Conservancy
82. Transnational NGO Initiative, Syracuse University
83. Trickle Up
84. U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
85. UNICEF USA
86. United Methodist Church, General Board of Church & Society
87. United Nations Association of the USA
88. Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)
89. War Child Canada
90. Water for South Sudan, Inc.
91. WellShare International
92. Women Thrive Alliance
93. Women's Refugee Commission
94. World Food Program USA
95. World Hope International
96. World Institute on Disability
97. World Learning
98. World Neighbors
99. World Renew
100. World Vision

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