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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Islamic Relief USA Participating in 2010 InterAction Forum

Islamic Relief USA is at the 2010 InterAction Forum this week in Washington D.C., where we hosted a panel on the first day of programming. Haniya Dar, a regional program coordinator for Islamic Relief Worldwide, spoke on a panel with World Vision on "Distinctive Faith-Based Operational Approaches in Relief and Development: Case Studies from Islamic and Christian Agencies." Dar brings a depth of experience from her work in the "Horn of Africa" investigating financial and programmatic humanitarian issues and also serving as IRW’s donor and grant management liaison. She also is the acting director for IRW's Somalia field office.

This is IR USA's fourth year at the InterAction forum. Several other members of the IR USA team from its domestic and international programming, public affairs, volunteer, fund development, and communications departments are attending conference workshops and participating in networking activities. IR USA also has a booth at the InterAction forum this year.

Christina Tobias-Nahi, public affairs director at IR USA, said there is a wealth of knowledge to gain at the forum. "The [nongovernmental organizations] involved with InterAction collectively serve some of the world’s poorest people," she said. "There's lots for us to learn from our colleagues in the field and knowledge for us to share also from the work we do here at IR USA," she added.

With over 180 member organizations, InterAction is the largest coalition of U.S.-based international NGOs that focus on the poor "most vulnerable people" of the world and work "to end global poverty and deliver humanitarian aid in every developing country."
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