Equity at Humentum

Equity at Humentum

At Humentum, we commit to prioritizing equity in all we do, both internally and externally. In 2020 we adopted equity principles and a Board Equity Commitment that now help us incorporate equity into all we do.


We are committed to equity throughout all that we do.

  • We are willing to learn, adapt, and stay open to discomfort;
  • We keep equity at the forefront of all our actions and conversations;
  • We acknowledge individual and collective power, and use it for transformation;
  • We strive to be humble and own our mistakes.


At Humentum, we prioritize the use of the term "equity" to describe our work in this area, both internally and externally. We are committed to going beyond 'tick the box' exercises - bringing new people into the room does not mean that they are given power or authority; a place in the room does not mean a place at the table. We believe the term “equity” is inherently about allocating and sharing power by equipping people with what they need to fully participate. We want to make sure we transmit the importance of the reallocation of power to all people.


At Humentum we are committed to “walking the talk” – we will work hard to identify, promote and operationalize best practice for our partners and clients, and will strive to incorporate these practices within all we do internally as well as externally. In 2020 we took important steps to apply equity across our compensation and benefits structure; in 2021 we are focusing our attention internally on:

  • Creating and implementing an equity-oriented performance policy for all staff, with an emphasis on supporting individuals and teams to learn, grow and achieve together. This includes management training for all Humentum staff to provide us all with a shared approach to performance, tools and support for today’s managers, and resources for staff considering a future role in management.
  • Reviewing the language that we use and developing a Humentum preferred language lexicon. This lexicon will replace traditional terms stemming from systemically racist and colonial history with terms that actively represent the equitable future we believe in.
  • Launching a communal exploration of our own perceptions, behaviors and beliefs related to race.

Check out our 2020 Equity Strategy Achievements.

Below we have shared an overview of our work partnering with organizations across the sector, courses and events we facilitate, and a list of timely resources. We will continue to regularly update this page with relevant content, including case studies, surveys and reports.

Build Community

The Humentum community is continuously working together to embed equity principles into daily decisions and actions. Get involved in Humentum Connect, roundtables, and webinars.

Deliver Learning

Humentum Learning Services - DEI/Safeguarding

Humentum members are wrestling with the best ways to create and implement a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture. Check out these e-learning courses we have curated to help support your staff around the topics of DEI and Safeguarding. From Overcoming Your Own Unconscious Biases to Basic Principles of Disability Inclusion and Bridging the Diversity Gap, and more, we hope you will find these useful for you and your team.

Influence Policy

Humentum aligns its government affairs and advocacy efforts with its core institutional values and policy priorities. To further diversity, equity, and inclusion in the development and humanitarian assistance sector, Humentum advocates for donor policies and practices that serve to reduce the barriers to national and local partners' access to funding. Specifically, we encourage greater flexibility in donor compliance regimes, increased harmonization of financial reporting standards, full indirect cost recovery, and greater diversity of actors and experiences in all aspects of the sector. Visit our Advocacy webpage for more information on of Humentum advocacy action items and updates.


PSEAH Safeguarding Initiative

Learn more about how Humentum's approach is intended to make safeguarding investigations training more inclusive, so that community members can become accredited investigators. You can also read about our CHS partnership and project, and don't forget to check out our learning resources. Join the conversation today.

Humentum membership benefit: Are you familiar with the seven dimensions of good safeguarding practice? The Safeguarding Diagnostic is a platform-based digital tool created to support leaders in the humanitarian and development space to ensure they have robust systems, processes, and resources in place to safeguard against sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment across their organizations. Discover how you can reduce organizational risk.


The BRIDGE survey (Benchmarking Race, Inclusion, and Diversity in Global Engagement) set out to baseline diversity, equity, and inclusion at the organizational level across US-based organizations in the international development and humanitarian sector. This effort was led by Social Impact, IREX, Humentum, and the WILD Network and supported by a dedicated working group of partners — Dexis Consulting Group, National Endowment for Democracy, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Solidarity Center, Orbis International, and InterAction. Check out the findings.

Administrative Cost Research Project

At present many international donors discriminate against national organizations, by offering lower indirect rates or different cost recovery policies compared to their international grantees. We are researching how donor funding practices could be made more equitable in providing fair cost coverage to national civil society organizations on behalf of a group of US and European foundations. If you have any queries, please reach out to Tim Boyes-Watson, who is the project director for this research.


International accounting standards exist for the private and public sectors, but there is no equivalent for the non-profit sector.  While countries like the USA and UK have developed national bespoke standards, most countries have not. This creates another barrier for national organizations in demonstrating their credibility to donors, and makes it harder for donors to carry out due diligence and assess their financial health.

IFR4NPO is will help solve this by an initiative to developing the world’s first Internationally-applicable Financial Reporting Guidance for Non-Profit-Organisations.  This ambitious 5-year initiative is, led by Humentum and CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy with oversight from a diverse and international Steering and is taking a radically inclusive approach to standard setting involving stakeholders and national standard-setters from every region of the world and extensive global consultation in the UK. This project will improve the clarity and consistency of NPO financial reports, resulting in greater credibility and trust in the not-for-profit sector globally. Find out how you can help shape the future of non-profit financial reporting.


Humentum recognizes that there is a growing body of important work on DEI in the development sector. Rather than try to provide a full overview of all that is available elsewhere, we are pleased to focus here on resources and tools produced by Humentum for use by its members, clients and the sector community.