InterAction invites you to contribute your expertise by submitting a session proposal for Forum 2018 taking place June 12-14, 2018 in Washington DC

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    Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET on December 14, 2017

    InterAction invites you to contribute your expertise by submitting a session proposal for Forum 2018 taking place June 12-14, 2018 in Washington DC. We are seeking proposals with diverse ideas and perspectives showcasing best practices for our community. Lead the conversation around Innovation, Impact and Inquiry and help shape the Forum 2018 education program.

    Please read ALL of the below information before you submit your proposal.


    Proposals must be submitted via our online system. You will be required to create an account with the system in order to submit your proposal. Once you’ve submitted your proposal, you will have the option to send yourself a confirmation email message from the “Submission Successfully Saved” screen. This is the only confirmation message you will receive, as the system does not automatically send one. The deadline for proposal submissions is December 14, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


    Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Forum Planning Committee, which is comprised of InterAction members and staff with expertise in a range of topic areas. Each proposal will be evaluated according to the general criteria listed below.

    • Overall quality of proposal content
    • Well defined learning outcomes
    • Relevancy of content to Forum audience
    • Diversity among organizations and geographic area


    We will notify speakers about the status of their proposals by January 24, 2018. The session organizer will receive all notification emails and will be responsible for disseminating the information to his/her co-speakers.

    Breakout sessions are intended to educate the Forum audience; not to promote a specific product or service. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are available for promotional purposes. If you are a supplier of products or services, please be sure your content is based on a relevant topic, case study, concept or idea, and not on your products or services.

    Applicants with similar proposals/topics may be asked to combine sessions. The planning committee reserves the right to change or edit the title and description for clarity and marketing purposes.

    To provide diverse sessions and keep content fresh, the planning committee will select a maximum of two proposals from any session organizer or organization. You may propose more than two, but a maximum of two will be selected. Please be sure to coordinate proposals within your organization.


    Session Type: InterAction is looking for proposals that appeal to all types of adult learners. To provide the best educational experience, we want to move away from traditional lecture based sessions to more participant based sessions.

    • Case Study (speakers review a case study and lessons learned)
    • Facilitated Panel Discussion (moderated discussion by no more than three panelists and one moderator)
    • Interactive Workshop (emphasizing interaction and exchange of information)
    • Problem Solving Session (speakers pose a problem and lead attendees through exercise to develop solutions)
    • Single Speaker with Significant Interactive Content

    General Area: You will need to select one of the following general areas.

    Accountability & Learning: NGOs are accountable to multiple constituencies including donors, the public, their board of directors and staff, partners, and the members they serve or represent. This general area includes: accountability, PVO standards, monitoring & evaluation, transparency, leadership development, NGO Futures, and innovative finance.

    Humanitarian Action: The primary objective of humanitarian action is to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity without regard for race, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation. This general area includes: current crisis, humanitarian policy and practice, NGO security, prevention of sexual exploitation & abuse, protection, shelter, and transition from relief to development.

    International Development: International development refers to the goal of improving the social and economic circumstances of the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people in a sustainable manner. This general area includes: aid effectiveness, agriculture & food safety, environment & climate, gender equality, global health, agricultural development, Sustainable Development Goals and WASH.

    Policy & Advocacy: Funding of poverty-focused development programs and humanitarian relief, foreign assistance reform; democracy, rights, and governance; global health; food security and nutrition; water and sanitation; and humanitarian access. This general area includes: budget & appropriations, food aid reform, G&/G20 Summits, international partnerships, protecting NGO space, Together Project, and U.S. Global Food Security Policy.

    Topic: You will need to select one primary topic and one secondary topic.

    • Accessibility/Inclusion of Diverse Profiles
    • Agriculture/Food Aid/Food Security/Nutrition
    • Aid Reform/Evaluation/Program Effectiveness
    • Animal Welfare/Biodiversity
    • Climate Change/Environment
    • Communications
    • Conflict Prevention and Resolution
    • Data and Open Information/Technology/Transparency
    • Democracy/Rights/Governance
    • Disaster Risk Reduction
    • Economic Recovery/Development
    • Gender Equality
    • Health/Health System Strengthening
    • Human Resources/NGO Management
    • Humanitarian Response/Disaster Preparedness
    • Innovative Finance/Resource Development for NGOs
    • NGO Security/Risk Management
    • Preventing Sexual Exploitation/Abuse
    • Protection of Civilians
    • Refugees and Migration
    • Regulations Governing NGOs/ Shrinking Civil Society Space
    • Shelter/Settlements/Housing
    • Sustainable Development Goals
    • Water/Sanitation/Hygiene

    Professional Level Target Audience: You will need to select the professional level of your target audience.

    • Beginner (0-5 yrs. experience)
    • Intermediate (5-10 yrs. experience)
    • Advanced (10+ yrs. experience)
    • All Levels

    Session Description: (100-150 words) You will need to provide enough detail so that reviewers will have a clear idea of the session content and its overall organization.

    Relevance to Forum Audience: (50-75 words) Clear and succinct statement about: 1. Relevance to the Forum audience, 2. Timeliness of the topic, 3. Explanation of what attendees can gain from attending this session.

    Learning Outcomes: A minimum of three learning outcomes are required. Outcomes must be quantifiable and should use active verbs. Ex: “Participants will be able to identify four obstacles to the successful use of WASH.” vs. “Participants will discuss the obstacles…”

    Proposed Handout Materials: Handout materials are required for all sessions and will be added to the mobile app in advance of Forum. We will accept PowerPoint presentations as a handout.

    Speaker Agreement: Should your proposal be accepted, all presenters will be asked to agree to the following: 1) Speaker will disclose any financial or non-financial interest in any product, instrument, device, service, or material discussed during their presentation and the source of any compensation prior to the start of his or her presentation. 2) Speaker is compliant with copyright laws and has ownership or permission to use all materials used in conjunction with the presentation. 3) Speaker will demonstrate high standards of professional conduct and not discriminate against learners based on gender, age, socioeconomic or ethnic background, sexual orientation, or disability.


    Accepted sessions will be scheduled for presentation during the Forum program on June 12 through June 14, 2018. Please confirm your availability to attend Forum before submitting a proposal.


    All speakers, moderators, organizers, assistants, etc. must register to attend Forum. Presenting at a session does not automatically register you as a speaker. Speakers will have the option to register for the full conference, one day of the conference (the day of their presentation), or receive a complimentary pass that provides access only to the session in which they are presenting.

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