Advocacy Initiatives and Alliances

Advocacy Initiatives and Alliances

Humentum’s network of over 300 member organizations, not-for-profit and for-profit alike, include the world’s largest and most productive implementers of foreign assistance globally. On our membership’s behalf, Humentum undertakes targeted outreach and advocacy with donor agencies in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe. In this work, we identify obstacles to the effective implementation of foreign assistance, articulate our member’s first-hand experiences, and propose dialogue and solutions that enable positive change.

At the global systems level, we advocate for and co-create sector-wide solutions, such as a global accounting standard for non-profit organizations and a system of certification credentials for common operational competencies. As a global network, our approach enables us to work with donors, networks of development implementers, and hundreds of local organizations—either directly or as sub-awardees of our members and partners. At the organizational level, our approach is focused on increasing the impact, cost effectiveness and ethical stewardship of aid programs through efficient program delivery, strong financial management, regulatory compliance, and the elimination of waste, fraud, and the diversion of funding. Through targeted advocacy to address members’ operational needs, Humentum strengthens the delivery of aid.

On May 15, 2020, Humentum conducted a survey of member organizations’ chief financial officers (CFOs) to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their financial health. All told, the  survey results paint a distressing  picture of the current and prospective negative impact of the pandemic on the financial health of our member organizations. This may be particularly true for the respondents to this survey, the majority of whom represent small or medium size NGOs based in the United States, with operating budgets under US $100 million. Download the full survey here.

Humentum Advocacy Priorities
  • Emergent issues impacting efficacy of global development organizations’ operations


-Indirect Cost Recovery

  • Sector-wide initiatives to enhance resiliency of global development organizations


-Money Where it Counts

-Building Local Capacity

Opportunities for member engagement with donor agency policymakers
  • Administrative Rulemaking/Notices of Proposed Information Collection (see submissions under Resources)
  • Humentum Letters to donor agencies on behalf of members
  • Issue Spotting

-Spot Polls - COVID-19

-Google Spreadsheet

Post-pandemic opportunities to grow global development by Dr. Christine Sow, Humentum CEO (April 27, 2020)

- Why we're called upon to be 'trust keepers' by Cynthia Smith, Humentum Senior Advisor for Government Affairs, Regulatory Compliance, and Donor Relations (August 8 2019)

  • Humentum Administrative Rulemaking Submissions

-OMB: 2CFR Rulemaking (March 23, 2020), Comments on Proposed PIF (October 4, 2019), OMB Grant Reform Proposed Guidance (May 31, 2013), OMB Grants Reform (April 30, 2012)

-USAID: Comments on USAID Proposed Education Cost Form (January 16, 2020), Comments on USAID Notice of Information Collection (September 12, 2019)

-DOS: Comments PEPFAR (February 18, 2020), Comments on ECA Notice of Information Collection (February 5, 2020)

Quarterly Updates Archive


 Donor Guidance


USAID COVID-19 frequently asked questions for partners (November, 2020)

USDOS/A/OPE/AP/FA has amended Federal Assistance Management Advisory (FAMA) #2020-02, entitled “Prohibition on Certain Telecommunications Equipment and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment”, which was issued on August 10, 2020. The State Department has received a waiver from the Director of National Intelligence applicable to all Foreign Assistance and Public Diplomacy funded awards. This waiver is effective through Sept. 30, 2022.

Section 889 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Section (a)(1)(B) and Section (b)(1) of the law, went into effect on August 13, 2020. To support the Agency’s work, USAID received a telecommunications waiver for internet and phone services, which was originally scheduled to expire on September 30, 2020. The Agency has received approval to extend this waiver through September 30, 2022. 

USAID will continue to pursue appropriate waivers for the ease of operations overseas. A number of waivers are pending but are pre-decisional and may not be discussed in detail until they are approved.The Agency encourages partners to review ADS 302.mpb and review the Section 889 Partner Information page. Questions related to Section 889 can be submitted to

USAID has partially revised its Mandatory References - Standard Provisions for US Nongovernmental Organizations (Effective 8/18/2020)

July FY2020 Business Forecast Questions and Response (July 2020)

USAID Guidance on Procuring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (July 2, 2020)

USAID FAQs on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (June 8, 2020)

USAID Guidance for Broad Agency Announcements (June 4 2020)

USAID Memo Encouraging Flexibility in Acquisition Instruments (May 8 2020)

USAID Acquisition and Assistance Policy Directive (May 14 2020)

DFID/ IASC/ UN/ The Global Fund

DFID Guidance (March 13 2020)

IASC Interim Guidance (March 17 2020)

UN COVID-19 Communication

The Global Fund Guidance (March 4 2020)