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Humentum’s Theory of Change

Humentum is part of a growing movement that seeks to shift to an equity-centered model of development for fair, meaningful, and lasting change.

We believe equitable and locally-led development will only happen when organizations are able to exercise autonomy over their institutional architecture, people, funding, and risk.

Right now, many funders, international NGOs, and local practitioners are at the strategic phase of that work. At Humentum, we build and support equitable, resilient, and accountable (ERA) operating models to create a bridge between strategy and action for better outcomes.


Examples of our approach in action: 

Community: through our CEO and CHRO Roundtables, we discuss practical ways to more equitable recruitment and compensation practices and how to use diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) indicators to track progress.

Training: we equip leaders with the skills to develop and manage sustainable financial plans for accountable decision-making.

Consulting: we use an equity-centered approach to assess and address challenges in organizational structures, human resources policies, finances, risk, and staffing.

Policy & Advocacy: our ground-breaking research on administrative cost coverage will create more equitable access to funding, and guidance on how NGOs can adopt strategies for financial resilience.

Sector-wide Change Initiative: through IFR4NPO, we are channeling input from more than 150 countries to change accounting rules and regulations that prevent national NGOs accessing funding.


Additional resources:

In this article for Devex, Humentum’s Kim Kucinskas touches on the importance of trust, good intent, and shared accountability in INGOs in order to drive long-lasting, impactful change across the sector.

Equitable Development Through Operating Models – Humentum’s Kim Kucinskas discusses our coordinated approach to build and improve operating models to make lasting, positive change. So how do we move from talk to action?

In this article for Devex, Humentum’s CEO Dr. Christine Sow discusses why an equity-centered approach is key to shifting power toward locally-led development.

Why TIME? Why now? – Traci Baird, CEO of EngenderHealth and Humentum’s CEO, Dr. Christine Sow, introduce the Transforming INGO Models for Equity for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (TIME for SRHR) initiative.

In episode 39 of the NGO Soul & Strategy podcast – Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken and Dr. Christine Sow go in-depth on the “sweet spot” of translating aspirational thinking into actual “operational level”  types of change in NGOs.

Project Grants Need Not Be the Enemy—A Three-Part Series: Part 2 – This article introduces results of a new research report from Humentum commissioned by Funders for Real Cost, Real Change.

We help organizations move from talk to action

Contact us to find out how