Jennifer Lentfer
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Can we link aid reform initiatives?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mashingaidze Jun 10, 2012. 1 Reply

I'm compiling initiatives/statements by civil society groups in recipient countries to reform international aid. Palestine & Myanmar so far - who else? …Continue

Tags: society, reform, civil, donors, effectiveness

Are you how-matters.org’s first intern?

Started Jan 15, 2012 0 Replies

How-matters.org needs someone to help strengthen its social media presence and to support me in charting the site’s evolution and growth.  At this time, the…Continue

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Would YOU fund this organization?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mashingaidze Jun 10, 2012. 1 Reply

A few years ago, when I was working with a foundation that gives grants to organizations working with children and families affected by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, I received a report from a…Continue

Tags: participation, community, workers, NGOs, Zimbabwe

Grassroots = No Brains?

Started Jan 28, 2011 0 Replies

A tweet caught my attention last weekend on a search that I follow:“I am so tired w/ dealing w/ ‘Grassroots’ organizations here in #haiti Unfortunately…Continue

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Haddy Roche commented on Jennifer Lentfer's blog post White supremacy, black liberation, and global development: The conversations we’re not having
"Jennifer, many thanks for reaching out, and many thanks again for a thought provoking, and humanistic blog. You inspire critical thinking and honesty. I think many beneficiaries or potential beneficiaries of philanthropic gestures and humanitarian…"
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"Thanks Jennifer! Agreed, I think it is vital that we continue to seek various peaceful methods to build bridges as opposed to walls in leveraging global development. Often times we get stuck on a single method so much that people eventually get numb…"
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"Thanks for reaching out Langton! And thanks for sharing your article on cultural intelligence, or cultural competence as we refer to it in our organization. There's power in calling it out and I look forward to sharing your piece! "
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"Hello, Jennifer: Congratulations for the news that you have a book deal. I'm so happy, excited, and ecstatic for you! You are one rare person who writes critically about monitoring and evaluation, not mouthing what grant donors want, but…"
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"Thank you Jennifer for this wonderful piece. It reminds me of Duffield's 'insured'/'non-insured' and Agamben's 'bare life' paradigms. "
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Craig Zelizer commented on Jennifer Lentfer's blog post White supremacy, black liberation, and global development: The conversations we’re not having
"Thanks for the wonderful blog. I do wonder if anyone in the dev or humanitarian sector has been collecting and publishing data about staffing, leadership and diversity among INGOs.  There has been a tremendous push recently in the tech center…"
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White supremacy, black liberation, and global development: The conversations we’re not having

This post originally appeared on how-matters.org.Below all of the talk of “evidence-based approaches” and “taking it to scale,” there is an undercurrent of disquiet.It happens when “local partners’ capacity” is maligned. It happens when two people have the same idea, but it is considered…See More
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"Thank you for your comment on my poem. I am happy that it is resonating with people!"
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"Thank you for your comment on my poem Rey Ty - you inspire me!"
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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I have worked with over 300 grassroots organizations in east and southern Africa over the past decade, focusing on organizational development and learning. Currently, I am the creator/editor/writer of www.how-matters.org, a blogsite aimed at raising the level of human dignity within development aid.

How-matters.org explores the skills and knowledge needed by all “do-gooders” to put real resources behind local means of overcoming obstacles. From my perspective, it's not about what we do, but HOW we do it. Postings include good practices, reflection, guest bloggers, links and resources, and will (hopefully) inspire dialogue among a fuller, more inclusive community of those involved with international assistance around the world.
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individual (professional)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
southern and east Africa, have lived in Zimbabwe, Malawi & Namibia
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
United States, Washington D.C.
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Writer/Consultant
How many years professional experience do you have ?
11-15
What is your personal or organizational website?
http://www.how-matters.org
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Development, Education, Facilitation, Human Rights, Organizational Development, Psychosocial
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Communication, Evaluation, Monitoring, Qualitative Skills, Training

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White supremacy, black liberation, and global development: The conversations we’re not having

Posted on June 28, 2015 at 5:00pm 4 Comments

This post originally appeared on how-matters.org.

Below all of the talk of “evidence-based approaches” and “taking it to scale,” there is an undercurrent of disquiet.

It happens when “local partners’ capacity” is maligned. It happens when two people have the same idea,…

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For the disruptors

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 9:30am 3 Comments

This post originally appeared on how-matters.org

Here’s to the ones who ask “why” openly in meetings because they just can’t tolerate the façade of “doing good.”

Here’s to the ones who ask “why” and are peppered with reactionary questions that reveal the bias of “good enough.”

Here’s to the ones who are learning to…

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A new venture for girls: Can a development practitioner change the world through business?

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

I went out with a new friend back in April, for sushi. Just sushi. And it ended up costing me thousands of dollars.

As Melissa Ovard described how they had formed a company to provide products to make girls’ adolescent transitions easier, I was hooked. Her enthusiasm spilled all over our unagi and seawead salad, and I knew I had to be a part of Girl Lux.…

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Stories still hard to find: The local responses to Ebola

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

This morning when I googled "local response" + "ebola", here's some of the headlines I found:

Nurse's visit spurs Ohio Ebola fears 

Florida: County and hospitals prepare for Ebola

As KU Hospital tests patient with Ebola-like symptoms, Lawrence agencies coordinate response

Denton City Council to be briefed on virus…

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At 11:34am on June 30, 2015, Langton Mahechani said…

Thanks Jennifer! Agreed, I think it is vital that we continue to seek various peaceful methods to build bridges as opposed to walls in leveraging global development. Often times we get stuck on a single method so much that people eventually get numb and defensive to it. Racism, for instance, was simply an idea socially constructed, justified, entertained for centuries before it became the stronghold it is today (both in subtle and overt ways). We have to remember that it was merely put in place to render, selfishly, an upper hand to one group of people over another...i.e., economically, socially & politically. In essence, it was simply a means to an end. Together can we reverse, uproot these ideologies & in time we can help make all things equal again.

At 7:09am on June 30, 2015, Rey T said…

Hello, Jennifer:

Congratulations for the news that you have a book deal. I'm so happy, excited, and ecstatic for you! You are one rare person who writes critically about monitoring and evaluation, not mouthing what grant donors want, but voicing the concerns of the grassroots community members whom we serve, not dictate. Unfortunately, many evaluators parrot what the grant donors say and dictate--from a position of power--looking down on the local people. More people will benefit from your critical reflections and thought. I'm sure your co-writers will provide all kinds of perspectives from which we can all learn. 

Again, my heartfelt joy upon hearing this news.

All the best to you,

Rey

At 2:17pm on May 29, 2014, Daniel ozoukou said…

Hi Jennifer,

So much sorry for replying now. I am really amazed by work and it is a great opportunity to share with you.

Warm regards,

Daniel Ozoukou

At 3:39pm on February 18, 2014, Craig Zelizer said…

Thanks for the wonderful blogging suggestions...

At 7:53am on February 13, 2013, Alpha koroma said…
Thank you and i do hope to following up your post cause it educating.
At 9:51am on February 11, 2013, Arif Khalil said…

My pleasure, that was worth reading, inspiring and motivating :-) even if I am doing things in the right way these writings just bring me back onto the right track to think and evaluate my work, I admit :-) and help in adjusting myself in the big picture :-)

Best wishes for what you are contributing to the world!
ARIF KHALIL

At 6:11pm on August 27, 2012, Ema Miroslava Billings said…

Aloha Jennifer!

I look forward to learning more from your post! Thanks for doing a great job! Ema

At 10:55am on August 26, 2012, Shekhar Karki said…

Thank you very much for accepting me as a friend...

hope it will go longer...

At 8:34am on August 24, 2012, Danielle Bonner said…

Thanks for the request, indeed I will continue to follow how-matters.org :)

At 12:06am on August 17, 2012, Linda Ohlson Graham said…

Jennifer ... TY for -your- comment:

It was a joy last week to be invited to be the -Featured Poet- at Provincetown Library's ~1st Open Mic Night~. It was very well attended and well received.

I received a comment in the guest-book in regards to my -Writings- -Poetry- ... as well as re: the overall event (from Provincetown Art Association and Museum intern Sarena Mitchel):

'Awesome! Amazing! Fantastic!'.

 

http://www.earthoceanheavens.com

http://www.lindaohlsongraham.com.

 

The following morning I was inspired to put energy into:

 

CO Dept. of Peace Poet Laureate for hire:

A modest stipend w/ travel expenses + accommodations and food covered …

** 508-247-7867 eoheavens@gmail.com

 
 
 

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