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?

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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?

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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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For the disruptors

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 ask “why” in …See More
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A new venture for girls: Can a development practitioner change the world through business?

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.…See More
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Stories still hard to find: The local responses to Ebola

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 EbolaAs KU Hospital tests patient with Ebola-like symptoms, Lawrence agencies coordinate responseDenton City Council to be briefed on virus responseOhio residents fear Ebola precautions could prompt panic (What's up Ohio?)Not exactly what…See More
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Do we need more risk-taking in global development communications?

According to many “horizon scanning” reports for international civil society over the past few years, there are major disruptions ahead in the aid sector. Many predict that if large international organizations are not prepared to adapt, they will not survive.What is the major pain…See More
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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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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
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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
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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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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…

Continue

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.…

Continue

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…

Continue

Do we need more risk-taking in global development communications?

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments

According to many “horizon scanning” reports for international civil society over the past few years, there are major disruptions ahead in the aid sector. Many predict that if large international organizations are not prepared to adapt, they will not survive.

What is…

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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

At 6:58am on July 17, 2012, Joulia Bou Karroum said…

Definitely Jennifer I will, I already visited the website and I really like it.

At 9:51pm on July 10, 2012, Gail Ervin said…

Thanks for the leads, Jennifer! 

 
 
 

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