Procurement, humanitarian payments and NGO tips: For development executives

By Devex Editor 12 December 2016

Here are the most important insights and analysis exclusive for our Executive Members. Photo by: Olu Eletu

In the past month, Devex looked into visiting a USAID mission for procurement opportunities, the difference between open and closed loop systems for humanitarian payments, and branding and innovation for NGOs. Here are the most important insights and analysis exclusive for our Executive Members.

Procurement

Better visibility and more understanding of priorities are some of the benefits of visiting a USAID mission, procurement executives told Devex. But they cautioned that there should be some sensitivity in making such visits with a business-led approach. Devex’s Jennifer Ehidiamen spoke with experts about the benefits and possible downsides of mission visits at an organization that has a lot of power in awarding contracts and grants. Read more about it here: Does it pay to visit USAID missions?

Payment systems

Humanitarian payment systems are a hot topic for the development sector. In order to better understand this complex field Devex explained a key issue — is an open or closed loop payment system the right option for delivering humanitarian aid? Read this DevExplains feature here: Open vs. closed loop systems for humanitarian payments

The practical application of payment systems gets money into some of the world’s most difficult crisis zones. Now emerging digital solutions are creating an opportunity for the development sector to deliver aid quickly and at a larger scale, reaching people in need wherever they are. Devex spoke to MasterCard and sQuid about the future of humanitarian payments — Backpacks of cash: How to make payments when all the options are bad

NGO management

To get their insights on NGO rebranding, Devex spoke to Global Communities, Landesa, and PYXERA Global, who have all recently reimagined their image. Many nonprofits find themselves in need of a brand revamp in order to keep up with evolving priorities and new directions. Here are insights from the three organizations: Considering an NGO name change? 6 tips from those who have reimagined a brand

While innovation is often welcomed in theory, it is often haphazard and lacks the institutional support it needs to yield its full potential, says James Whitehead, global innovation adviser at Oxfam GB. He tells Devex that NGOs worldwide need to look at and embrace new approaches in delivering aid and humanitarian assistance to improve impact. Read more about embracing innovation here: Is the old guard within NGOs impacting innovation? and First steps toward embracing innovation: Tips for NGOs

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