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Explore the latest articles by Humentum staff on topics spanning decolonizing aid, developing financial reporting standards, the future of NGOs, and more.

Section 889: US Chinese telecoms clause causing chaos for NGOs (December 2, 2021)
Read David Ainsworth’s latest Devex article on one of the latest challenges for NGOs, Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act, featuring Humentum’s own Cynthia Smith.

Operationalizing USAID’s New Vision for Global Development (November 29, 2021)
Earlier this month, USAID Administrator Samantha Power outlined “A New Vision for Global Development,” which places inclusive development at the fore of the Agency’s agenda. Humentum’s Cynthia Smith and Jenna Thoretz discuss what is required to turn policy propositions such as these into reality.

One INGO’s Journey to Work Themselves Out of a Job (November 19, 2021)
In October 2021, Health Alliance International announced its intentional dissolution. From the decision-making process and the conditions that enabled it to happen, join Humentum’s Kim Kucinskas as she sits down with Tracy Woodman to learn more.

What Implementing Partners need to know about the USAID Office of Inspector General (November 17, 2021)
We recently hosted a webinar with the USAID Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to explore its current priorities, including misuse of funds, digital fraud and preventing PSEAH. Join Jessica Walker and Cynthia Smith as they walk Implementing Partners through the OIG’s approach.

Opinion: How INGO CEOs are acting their way into the future (October 22, 2021)
Our CEO Christine Sow along with a cohort of other INGO CEOS have been discussing the future of leadership in international development. Learn more in this morning’s opEd with Devex.

SEAH Safeguarding: Operationalizing Preventative Measures (September 20, 2021)
Sonam Penzo and Humentum’s Cynthia Smith discuss the importance of safeguarding measures to prevent SEAH abuses, outlining the proactive steps organizations can take. Learn more about the support Humentum offers to help build an organizational culture that values safeguarding.

Global Development: Reassembling our World of Work (August 3, 2021)
Humentum’s Kim Kucinskas shares our OpEx365 zine—a visual storyboard offering recommendations for acting our way into the future. What does it mean to truly re-imagine our world of work?

Spotlight: Decolonizing Development (July 6, 2021)
Humentum’s Government Affairs and Advocacy Intern Jenna Thoretz examines and unpacks the current dialogue on decolonizing development and offers suggestions for sectoral change.

Opinion: Nonprofits need an international standard for financial reporting (Devex – June 28, 2021)
The existing system is fragmented and working for no one, writes Samantha Musoke, Humentum’s Project Director for the International Financial Reporting for Non-Profit Organisations initiative.

Watch: Who Represents Whom? Decolonizing Humanitarian Governance (June 22, 2021)
The Center for Global Development and Humentum’s CEO Dr. Christine Sow bring together representatives from across the sector to share experiences and lessons learned about why diversity and representation at governance level matter, and how to improve them.

Watch: How the past year will shape NGOs of the future (Devex – June 21, 2021)
In this Devex Live event, we hear from NGO leaders, including Humentum’s Tim Boyes-Watson, about how COVID-19, racial justice movements, and funding challenges in 2020 could be the spark for much-needed change.

Opinion: Benchmarking race, inclusion, and diversity in US dev orgs (Devex – June 2, 2021)
Humentum’s Kim Kucinskas discusses the BRIDGE survey results, which provide a benchmark of diversity, equity, and inclusion among headquarters staff of international development and humanitarian assistance organizations in the United States.

The Post-Pandemic NGO (Devex – May 5, 2021)
A pandemic, an international racial justice movement, and calls for decolonizing aid mean the development sector is changing fast. Devex’s William Worley explains what’s on the horizon.

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Reassembling the Way We Work in Global Development

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