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.

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Opportunities for member engagement with donor agency policymakers

  • 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 in response to USAID/M/OAA’s Notice of Information Collection (December 21, 2020), 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)

  • Issue Spotting

- Spot Polls - COVID-19

Thought Pieces:

Spotlight: Decolonizing Development - by Jenna Thoretz, Humentum's Government Affairs & Advocacy Intern (July 6, 2021)

Opinion: Nonprofits need an international standard for financial reporting - by Samantha Musoke, Humentum's Project Director of IFR4NPO (June 28, 2021)

Watch: Who Represents Whom? Decolonizing Humanitarian Governance - Center for Global Development and Dr. Christine Sow (June 22, 2021)

Watch: How the past year will shape NGOs of the future - Devex live featuring Tim Boyes-Watson (June 21, 2021)

Opinion: Benchmarking race, inclusion, and diversity in US dev orgs by Kim Kucinskas (June 2, 2021)

The Post-Pandemic NGO by William Worley, Devex (May 5, 2021)

Humentum Response to the UK IDC Inquiry on the Philosophy and Culture of Aid by Cynthia Smith and Tim Boyes-Watson (March 30, 2021) 

Opinion: The need for harmonized financial reporting requirements for nonprofits by Samantha Musoke, Humentum's Project Director of IFR4NPO (December 7, 2020)

UK withheld information about aid program cuts from NGOs and contractors by William Worley, Devex (December 4, 2020)

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)

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Contact our Advocacy Team


Email Tim Boyes-Watson - Global Director, Insights & Influence | View profile



Email Cynthia Smith - Director, Government Affairs & Advocacy | View profile



Jenna Thoretz - Government Affairs & Advocacy Intern | View profile



Sonam Penzo - Government Affairs & Advocacy Intern | View profile