Operational Excellence

Annual Conference Preview – Celebrating a Community of Trust

Twelve hundred experts and practitioners. Two hundred unique organizations. Dozens of presenters and panelists. Close to one hundred providers of solutions for our sector. The Humentum Annual Conference in Washington, DC has become a special event for our community.  This year, we have had a record number of session submissions which demonstrates the generosity and sharing that underpins our global community.

Member Profile: Titus Syengo, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Our Member Profile blog series features Humentum members talking about their work and how they manage the operational challenges within their organizations. This month we feature Regional Director, Program Implementation and Country Management, Titus Syengo of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). Based in Kenya, Titus (seen in photo below) has been working in development for 20 years and has been with EGPAF since 2011.

Aspirations for the New Year

The turning of the calendar and beginning of 2018 inspires new ideas and new possibilities. It prompts us to revisit goals for the upcoming year from individual resolutions to annual performance objectives. As individuals, many of us promise to eat better, exercise more, and better support our friends and families. And from personal experience, I have learned that achieving any of these goals becomes much easier when they are shared with family and friends who provide encouragement and support as the year unfolds.

Survey Says… A Look at INGO Compensation & Benefits in the US

Just a year ago, international NGOs (INGOs) were holding their collective breath as rumors circulated about pending deep cuts in international development and relief funding by the new administration. Organizations were sharing approaches to go “lean”, reorganizing and instituting cost cutting measures. As we start this new year, Humentum looks at the results of its recently published 2017 U.S.

Strengthening Our Foundations

July marks the bicentennial of the birth of Henry Thoreau, the American author, naturalist, and activist. In his most famous work, Walden, he observed: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” Our important and diverse visions, missions, and program strategies within the Humentum membership have this same combination of permanence (castle) and aspiration (in the air) and also require ongoing work to put the foundations under them. 

Spotlight On: Line Nya Ngatchou, Literacy Bridge International

Every year at Humentum’s Annual Conference, we take the time to identify and celebrate a few select individuals who go above and beyond. As we get ready for this year’s conference, we are excited to turn the spotlight on one of these individuals, Assistant Controller Line Nya Ngatchou of Literacy Bridge International, who won last year’s Operational Excellence Award: Cross Operations.

Spinning innovation faster

I was in London at the Bond Conference last month where Humentum, along with its partners, LINGOs, Mango and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, and with the generous support of many members, launched the new FMD Pro certification standard.  This new certification is designed to enhance the financial management capacity across our sector to better enable more value for money, especially in this time of funding changes and pressures.  Essential to this offering is the ability to enhance and improve the financial skills of non-financial profes

Member Profile: Saeed Elnaj, Project Concern International

Our Member Profile blog series features Humentum members talking about their work and how they manage the operational challenges within their organizations. Saeed Elnaj, vice president of global ICT at Project Concern International, joined PCI in 2015 after a distinguished career on the private sector side of information technology. Here he talks about managing IT services across 11 countries, the importance of KPIs, and how partnering with Google on an award-winning project provided his team with learning opportunities.


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