Humentum Coronavirus Updates

Humentum Coronavirus Updates

As a member network, bringing people together is what we do, and that has been going stronger than ever as we lean on each other to get through this crisis. We are consistently updating this page with the latest in donor guidanceupcoming COVID-19 eventsimportant global health updates, and more. We are here for you.

A note from our CEO:

Dr. Christine Sow, Humentum’s CEO and former CEO of the Global Health Forum, is an epidemiologist closely tracking the spread of the coronavirus and staying up to date on the latest impact on the social sector. Her commentary will be an ongoing feature of Humentum’s member roundtables: weekly Thursday roundtables, weekly Monday senior leader roundtables, and monthly CEO roundtables. She is also available to speak at your organization regarding COVID-19 as requested. Contact her.

Read Dr. Sow's April 27 oped in Devex on the future of global development post-COVID-19, and her past interview with Devex at the start of the US wave of quarentine on March 20.


Upcoming COVID-19 Related Events

Every week, we are surveying our membership as the coronavirus rapidly evolves to get a pulse on the NGO community's response and prepardness. The spot poll is open Monday-Wednesday, and every Thursday we are sharing and discussing results in our member-only virtual roundtables. Those results are also shared below. We are also hosting one-off webinars and other virtual events to help our members manage staff and programs during this unpredictable time, and sharing partner virtual events with the same goal. 

Free May webinars for African NGOs to strengthen COVID-19 resilience Learn More 

Next weekly COVID-19 virtual roundtable: Thursdays, 10:00 AM EDT - REGISTER

26 courses on COVID-19, remote working, staff welfare and more, FREE to Humentum members - Learn More

Nomadic Learning Remote Working Bootcamp Program - evergreen! - Learn More & Register

Options for Senior Leaders during COVID-19:
Senior Leader COVID-19 Roundtable, Mondays (weekly), 12:00 PM EDT:  register

CEO Roundtable, Tuesdays (Monthly), 11:00 AM EDT:  register

CFO/FD Roundtable, Wednesdays (Bi-weekly), 11:00 AM EDT:  register


Humentum Updates

Humentum is leaning in to our online learning expertise now more than ever. We have a robust catalog of online courses open to anyone, as well as many other courses available through Humentum Learning Services for subscribers and Humentum members. We would also be happy to discuss with you about options to customize a virtual training option for your team. 

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Conferences: In light of the Kenyan government’s ban on international conferences, and in alignment with Humentum’s commitment to the health and safety of our event attendees, we are changing the format of OpEx East Africa, originally scheduled for March 31 – April 2, 2020. Instead of hosting an in-person event, we will be offering this conference virtually in early June, now called OpEx Africa Online. We are also reworking our annual event in Washington, DC currently and will have exciting updates soon.

Member Communications: Join our channel on Humentum Connect, our online member community, called Coronavirus (COVID-19) where Humentum members can exchange with peers regarding organizational challenges and responses to the COVID-19 outbreak, and where we will post information and resources as they become avaiable. Join the COVID-19 channel here (Humentum members only).


Donor Guidance

We will share updates as we receive them on our Advocacy page as well as in the COVID-19 community on Humentum Connect (members only). We will share a summary of latest memos from USAID in regards to program funding in light of COVID-19 below.

USAID has also setup this webpage and this FAQ document (updated on May 22) to respond to the COVID crisis. You can also view a summary of USAID's global survey of the impacts of COVID-19 on its implementing partners hereDFID's current COVID-19 Guidance can be found here.

NEW: USAID/M/OAA issued Acquisition and Assistance Policy Directive AAPD 20-03 on USAID’s implementation of Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Section 3610 of the CARES Act allows agencies to reimburse, at the minimum applicable contract billing rates (not to exceed an average of 40 hours per week), any paid leave, including sick leave, a contractor provides to keep its employees or subcontractors in a ready state during the public health emergency declared for COVID-19 for the period March 27, 2020 to September 30, 2020. For more information see resources available on the Small Business Administration’s websites here and here. If, upon review and consideration, a contractor decides to request reimbursement of paid leave as authorized under Section 3610 of the Act, the contractor must submit, at a minimum, the following information to the Contracting officer. 

  • Contract/Order number;
  • The total number of employees to whom the contractor plans to provide such leave;
  • The amount the contractor has paid or will pay for leave provided during the period March 27, 2020 through September 30, 2020; 
  • For each individual, an explanation why the claimed hours cannot be worked; and 
  • Detailed information on what other assistance under the CARES Act and other statutes the contractor has used for relief to its employees, including credits allowed. 


Past Weekly Spot Poll Results

April 16 In-Webinar Poll

We've moved away from the weekly spot polls this week and instead are doing LIVE polling during our weekly virtual roundtables. This week, we polled attendees on difficult decisions around staff, planning timelines, and future strategic decisions. Note: participants are largely US-based HQ staff. Download report here.

March 30 spot poll/Roundtable Results:

This week’s poll shed light on financial status and mitigation measures, indirect cost rates, and COVID-19's impact on program delivery and staff ability to work. Download the full report here.

March 26 spot poll/Roundtable Results:

This week’s poll focused on guidance and protocols for staff, challenges in creating fit-for-purpose business continuity plans, and considerations for short and long-term disruptions to program implementation and organizational sustainability. Download the full report here.

March 16 Spot poll/Roundtable Results:

This weeks poll focused on guidance and protocols for staff, challenges in creating fit for purpose business continuity plans, and considerations for short and long-term disruptions to program implementation and organizational sustainability. Download the full results here.

March 11 Spot poll/Roundtable Results:

This week’s poll focused on international and domestic travel restrictions, remote work decisions, and business continuity planning. Instead of a summary here like last week, we invite you download the full results here

March 5 Spot poll/Roundtable Results:

Humentum hosted a roundtable to source questions from our membership and spot poll results on COVID-19 on March 5. We discussed the second spot poll Humentum did on the subject, from Mach 2-4 among our members. Please sign in to Humentum Connect to get the full PowerPoint summary of the March 5 roundtable call. We have a dedicated Connect channel for COVID-19 which you can join here. This connect channel is also where we will share policies and a library of resources and templates from our member organizations.


Past Weekly Digests

In the spirit of collective action and knowledge sharing, we released weekly digests  during March and April at the onset of the pandemic to help organize the large volumne of information available. These summarize for each week: what we discussed in our senior leader forum, our virtual roundtable, global health updates, donor guidance releases, and what was collected from our membership via weekly spot polls. 

Download the April 17 Weekly Digest

Download the April 3 Weekly Digest

Download the March 27 Weekly Digest

Download the March 20 Weekly Digest

Download the March 13 Weekly Digest

Download the March 6 Weekly Digest

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