In the field of International Development, every organization has something to bring to the table. With strong coalitions and alliances, we ensure we share best practices and thought leadership when it comes to achieving our common goals.
International Development Thought Leaders
InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations. With more than 180 members operating in every developing country, InterAction works to overcome poverty, exclusion, and suffering by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all. InterAction is greater than the sum of its parts, a force multiplier that gives each member the collective power of all members to speak and act on issues of common concern. Plan International USA’s CEO, Tessie San Martin, is currently serving as the Treasurer of InterAction, following her election to that position.
Global Impact is a non-profit federation of more than 50 of the most respected American charities dedicated to serving the needs of the world's poor. It represents these charities in workplace giving campaigns across the nation. Membership in the federation requires that members meet regulatory requirements as well as stringent criteria — they must:
- Demonstrate their commitment to international humanitarian relief and development;
- Devote a substantial portion of their resources to social services, development, or relief programs that directly support the poor overseas or that complement such programs;
- Have a reputation for integrity in program implementation, financial management, and program effectiveness;
- Have programs that seek a broad reach through geographic, programmatic, and ethnic diversity;
- Be dedicated to working with Global Impact to achieve shared goals.
Plan is proud to be a member of this federation and help uphold Global Impact's high standards for those who serve the world's poor.
Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN)
The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) is a reform coalition composed of international development and foreign policy practitioners, policy advocates and experts, concerned citizens, and private sector organizations. MFAN was created to build upon the bipartisan consensus that has emerged over the last decade: the U.S. should play a leadership role in achieving economic growth and reducing poverty and suffering around the world, and we can play this role more effectively, efficiently, and transparently. Plan has been co-chair of MFAN’s Working Group on Local Ownership, which helps developing countries transition to independence from external support.
U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC)
The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.
Society for International Development (SID)
SID sees itself as the Global Town Hall for Development and excels at events and conferences that examine issues of interest to a wide spectrum of the international development community. Plan’s CEO, Tessie San Martin, is a Board Member, and Plan is active on a number of working groups and in SIDS’s annual conference.
Global Health & Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health
Child Survival Resources and Collaboration (CORE) Group
The CORE Group is a membership association of international NGOs whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of children and women in developing countries through collaborative NGO action and learning. CORE's 47 member organizations work in more than 180 countries to address largely preventable diseases like diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia that kill children every day.
Implementing Best Practices (IBP) for Reproductive Health Working Group
Plan is a member of the Implementing Best Practices (IBP) initiative, a uniquely interactive forum through which policy makers, program managers, implementing organizations, and providers convene to identify and apply practices that can improve reproductive health outcomes in their countries.
Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH)
PMNCH is a global health partnership launched in September 2005 that joins maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) communities into an alliance of some 180 members to ensure that all women, infants, and children not only remain healthy, but thrive. The Partnership provides a forum through which members can combine their strengths and implement solutions that no one partner could achieve alone. The Partnership supports country-led efforts towards universal coverage of essential interventions for maternal, newborn, and child health.
American Educational Research Association
Plan is a member of this organization, founded in 1916, which focuses on improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.
Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
CIES was founded in 1956 to foster cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement, and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices. Plan is one of the Society's 1,600 members from around the world and is part of the organization’s African Education Special Interest Group.
Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development (CGECCD)
Plan is a member of the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, which was established in 1983 by a small group of donor agencies and has evolved into a well-respected global network with committed partner agencies, institutions and professionals involved in the field of ECCD at all levels. CGECCD focuses on young children (pre-birth to 8 years old), their families, and communities.
International Reading Association (IRA)
The International Reading Association (IRA) was founded in 1956 as a professional organization for those involved in teaching reading to learners of all ages. Members, including Plan, are dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction; disseminating research and information about reading; and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.
Water and Sanitation
Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global multi-stakeholder partnership and membership organization that works to save lives and improve livelihoods by enhancing collaboration among sector agencies and professionals who are working to improve access for the 2.6 billion people without safe sanitation and the 0.9 billion people without clean drinking water. Through its work, WSSCC contributes to the broader goals of poverty eradication, health, and environmental improvement; gender equality; and long-term social and economic development. Plan supports WSSCC through participating in WSSCC’s steering committee, partners locally with WSSCC national coalitions, and acts as an executing agency for the Global Sanitation Fund in several countries.
Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)
SWA is a global partnership between developing countries, donors, multilateral agencies, civil society, and other development partners working together to achieve universal and sustainable access to sanitation and drinking water, with a immediate focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Millennium Development Goals in the most off-track countries. This transparent, accountable, and results-oriented framework for action provides a common vision, values, and principles that support a goal for everyone in the world to have sustainable access to sanitation and drinking water. Plan International USA actively contributes to the partnership.
HIV and AIDS
Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG)
IGWG's Technical Advisory Group, its strategic planning and advisory body, has identified four priority technical areas for its work in addressing gender equity issues and needs as they arise in the reproductive health field: gender-based violence; youth and gender; gender implications and vulnerabilities of HIV and AIDS; and constructive male engagement.
The ONE campaign is an ongoing effort to rally Americans -- ONE by ONE -- to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty. The ONE Campaign is engaging the U.S. public everywhere we gather -- in churches and synagogues, on the internet and college campuses, at community meetings and concerts.
Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)
OVC Task Force
Plan serves as one of the founders, chair, and coordinator of the OVC Task Force, a coalition of major private voluntary organizations.
OVC Policy Roundtable
Plan is a member of the OVC Policy Roundtable.
Coalition for Adolescent Girls
Supported by the Nike Foundation, the Coalition for Adolescent Girls brings together more than 40 international organizations that design, implement, and evaluate programs that benefit girls who are trapped in cycles of poverty throughout the developing world.
Girls Not Brides
Girls Not Brides is a global partnership to end child marriage. The partnership aims to give a voice to girls at risk of child marriage, defending their rights to health and education, while seeking to provide them with the opportunities that are needed to fulfill their potential.
10x10 is a groundbreaking film, a global social action campaign, and an extraordinary opportunity: investing today in adolescent girls living in the developing world creates a ripple effect that transforms families, communities, and entire countries for generations. By harnessing the power of media and forging relationships with forward-thinking, action-oriented nonprofit and corporate partners, 10x10 brings together a global community with a common purpose— to remake the future.
10x10 affects change in three ways: (1) by driving resources to girl-focused programs already operating on the ground that are proven models for change; (2) by penetrating the public consciousness and creating a vast grassroots network; and (3) by using that groundswell of support to provoke governmental, institutional, and policy changes that empower adolescent girls, the world’s single most powerful untapped resource.
Catapult is young crowdfunding platform that’s already making a huge impact for girls and women. Catapult connects a new global audience directly to organizations working on the front lines for girls and women's rights. Since launching in October 2012, Catapult has already funded hundreds of projects worldwide. Catapult helps people use the open democracy of the web to choose girls’ and women’s projects closest to their hearts, and track progress and results. This approach – participating in the solution – is key to today's young and rising global citizenship movement.
The Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD)
AIYD is a community of practice and advocacy platform of leading U.S.-based youth and community development organizations. The Alliance provides an opportunity for engaged organizations and individuals to share effective practices across all sectors of international youth development, and to inform programs and policies that support and impact youth. AIYD draws on its collective expertise to advocate for informed and targeted investments for young people globally.
Disaster and Emergency Assistance
InterAction Disaster Response Working Group
Plan is a member of InterAction's Disaster Response Working Group, a committee that coordinates with the State Department's Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.
The Sphere Project
The Sphere movement was established in 1997 as a voluntary initiative that brings a wide range of humanitarian agencies together around a common aim -- to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance and the accountability of humanitarian actors to their constituents, donors, and affected populations.
The Sphere Handbook, Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response, is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized sets of common principles and universal minimum standards in life-saving areas of humanitarian response.