Our experience includes conducting global investigations focused on alleged financial fraud, bribery and corruption, unethical conduct, and violations of applicable laws and donor regulations.
All our investigators have a strong background in internal audit with our lead investigators being Certified Fraud Examiners and experienced at managing investigations into programs funded by major donor funders such as USAID, FCDO, SIDA, and others. We can deploy investigators fluent in English and several other languages depending on our clients’ needs, including Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Humentum employs a standardized investigative approach to our work with clients. The aim of our investigations is to gather the information and evidence that will enable our clients to:
Put the needs of survivors of abuse at the core of the investigation and response
Protect and support any whistleblower and/or staff affected by the allegations
Be accountable to the donor if donor funds are involved
Be accountable internally to the organization’s board of directors and externally to the stakeholders, including beneficiaries, and the public at-large
Take appropriate disciplinary measures against the staff members or partners involved as applicable
Manage and help rebuild trust with the relevant stakeholders affected
Learn from the incident investigated and identify improvements to internal controls or other prevention mechanisms to reduce the risk of reoccurrence
While this work is always done confidentially, some anonymous examples of recent assignments include:
An independent investigation into a partner organization in South Africa. In addition to an overall poor relationship with them during the funding period, the partner organization was not using project funds appropriately. The poor relationship had a tangible impact on the delivery of the project: some of the planned project deliverables were not achieved. The investigation assessed the Foundation’s governance, partnership relations, and financial arrangements and provided assurance that the funds provided had been used appropriately and in accordance with the original grant offer and budget.
A full investigation into a large international organization’s staff code and conduct violations as well as potential links between the staff on the ground to a sanctioned group. The investigation was specific to the organization’s Philippines program, in a region which had been scaled up to establish an emergency response to several typhoons in 2014 and 2015 focused on providing access to safe water and sanitation facilities.