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USAID’s Acquisition and Assistance Strategy Brief (March 2023)
In early March 2023, USAID launched its updated Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) Strategy. Read this brief for more information about what the new strategy means for USAID’s operations, its implementing partners, and the movement for locally-led development.

Humentum Response to OMB Request for Information, published at 88 FR 8480-81 (March 2023)
Humentum submitted comments on behalf of our members in response to OMB’s request for information on the forthcoming revisions to title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) subtitle A, chapters I and II.

From Operations to Outcomes: A Policy Blueprint for Locally-Led Development (March 2023)
Twenty global thought-leaders and 2,000 participants from over 100 countries discussed what it will take to operationalize locally-led development. This report outlines insights from those discussions and key policy recommendations for funders and INGOs to consider.

Comments on USAID’s Draft Policy for Localization of Humanitarian Assistance (November 2022)
USAID recently released its draft Policy for Localization of Humanitarian Assistance, which outlines USAID’s phased trajectory for advancing the localization of humanitarian assistance over the next five years, from 2023 through 2028. Humentum appreciates the opportunity to submit comments to USAID on behalf of our membership.

Policy Brief: USAID’s Local Capacity Strengthening Policy (November 2022)
On October 19, 2022, USAID released its Local Capacity Strengthening (LCS) Policy, which is revised from the December 2021 Local Capacity Development Policy draft. USAID updated the policy based on nearly 600 pages of public comments and consultation with local actors. This brief was developed with input from Humentum’s Locally-Led Development Policy Working Group.

Humentum Comments on USAID’s Draft Guide to Collecting Beneficiary Feedback (October, 2022)
Humentum appreciates the opportunity to submit these comments in response to USAID’s draft guide to collecting beneficiary feedback. USAID has asked that the public provide feedback to ensure the guidance serves the needs of implementing partners who must collect feedback from beneficiaries as a required part of their development program. As such, these comments are based on feedback from Humentum’s membership, the majority of whom are implementing partners.

Understanding the 2022 USAID Risk Appetite Statement – Humentum Policy Brief (October, 2022)
On August 22, 2022, USAID released an updated Risk Appetite Statement. First crafted in 2018, the RAS details the Agency’s willingness to absorb, share, and/or mitigate the various risks – which have historically ranged from programmatic, reputational, fiduciary to legal, security, and human capital – related to its strategic objectives. Since these objectives change over time and across administrations, so too must the Agency’s RAS.

Humentum Comments on USAID’s Policy Framework (August 2, 2022)
Humentum appreciates the opportunity to submit these comments in response to USAID’s draft Policy Framework. According to USAID’s Industry Liaison, the Framework “reflects the core priorities of this Administration and the Agency: extending the reach of human dignity by confronting the greatest challenges of our time (compounding humanitarian crises, corruption and authoritarianism, the climate crisis, COVID-19 and decline in global life expectancy, and conflict, inequality, and other barriers to progress), exercising bold leadership and embracing inclusive partnerships to seek progress beyond programs, and ensuring USAID’s enduring effectiveness by investing in our organization.”

Humentum Comments on USAID’s Draft Local Capacity Development Policy (January 31, 2022)
Humentum appreciates the opportunity to submit these comments in response to USAID’s draft
Local Capacity Development (LCD) Policy. In its request for comments, USAID asked the public to identify the sections or statements that it deems essential to the policy; where clarification is needed; and any major gaps or inaccuracies.

Humentum’s Submission of Written Evidence to the UK International Development Committee’s Inquiry on the Philosophy and Culture of Aid (March 18, 2021)
Humentum discusses cultural and philosophical issues in the international aid regime, including barriers to localisation, restrictive funding practices, and lack of internal harmonization.

Comments on USAID Proposed Information Collection, 84 FED.REG.46933-4 (February 19, 2021)
Humentum submitted several concerns regarding gathering data using the Partner Information Form (PIF) to ensure that USAID funds, activities, and resources are not used to support organizations or individuals determined to pose a risk to US national security. Humentum recommended that USAID: (1) reconsider the procedure itself; and (2) clarify the scope, scale, and applicability of the proposed form.

Comments on USAID Notice of Proposed Information Collection–Development Information Solution, as published at 85 Fed. Reg.83027 (December 21, 2020)
Humentum advocates for a revision of the notice which inadequately provides a basis upon which the public can assess the reasonableness of the estimated burden on respondents or the utility of the collection in meeting USAID/M/OAA’s stated objectives.

Humentum’s Feedback on USDOS COVID-19 Guidance for Implementers (April 13, 2020)
Humentum leveraged member comments to make recommendations to the USDOS regarding  inconsistencies in the Agency’s approach and response to requests from implementers for the flexibilities outlined in OMB Memo M-20-17.

Humentum and Bond Letter to DFID on Covid-19 and civil society organisational resilience (April 9, 2020)
In partnership with BOND, Humentum submitted recommendations to DFID regarding civil society organisational resilience. They argued that DFID must pivot and re-programme existing awards and portfolios to respond to COVID-19.

Comments on OMB Notice of Proposed Revision, OMB-2019-0005, as published at 85 Fed.Reg. 3766-3809 (January 22, 2020)
Humentum submits revisions to the OMB proposal to amend and/or add to 2 CFR §§ 200, 25, 170 and 183. These revisions would  further needed policy improvements that will advance OMB objectives of risk management, burden reduction, and emphasis on performance.

Comments on Proposed Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection: PEPFAR Program Expenditures, DOS-2019-0041, OMB Control Number: 1405–0208, Form Number: DS–4213, as noticed at 85 Fed. Reg. 2227 (January 14, 2020)
Humentum urged the USDOS to revisit their proposed collection of PEPFAR Program expenditures due to an underestimated true reporting burden on PEPFAR funding recipients.

Comments on USDOS ECA Notice of Information Collection: SAMS-Domestic Results Performance Module (SAMS-D RPM), DOS-2019-0017, as noticed at 84 Fed. Reg. 67333-4 (December 9, 2019)
Humentum urged the Department of State to provide more detailed and clear information regarding the SAMS-Domestic Results Performance Module to assess the burden on organizations adequately. Humentum also informed the DOS that the burden response time may be significantly higher than originally estimated, putting a strain on organizations.

Comments on USAID Proposed Information Collection (Education Cost Form), 84 Fed. Reg. 232 (December 9, 2019) & as Corrected, in 84 Fed. Reg. 243 (December 18, 2019)
In response to a notice regarding the collection of educational cost data, Humentum submitted three key issues for member organizations to USAID. Humentum expressed concerns regarding the use of the information collection beyond USAID funding, the quality and utility of the information collected, and the burden that collection would place on organizations.

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