Jennifer Lentfer's Blog – April 2012 Archive (6)

And while we're talking jargon...how about "innovation"?

From yesterday's “But will this be sustainable?” also comes...

“This project will be innovative.” 

The development aid sector is not lacking in ideas or methods and it's hardly appropriate to declare one's self "innovative," right?

Last year when I found the one-page piece I wrote about a local implementing…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 19, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Sustainability--some clarity please!

"But will this be sustainable?"

This is a question I find it harder and harder to tolerate it in discussions about international development. (Luckily, due to my nature and to this blog, I rarely have to bite my tongue.)

I share this though because we as aid workers and funders need to challenge this notion of the necessity of the "sustainability" of activities within aid projects. Basic services to people must be sustainable. Training…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 18, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

What's needed to put local champions at the forefront?

My video contribution to A Day Without Dignity 2012 on how-matters.org's YouTube Channel. Click here to watch it!

Below are some other posts featuring local champions on…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 16, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Bigger than Kony: An Open Discussion

Sharing a link to my storify-ed livetweets from last night's panel discussion on foreign policy and humanitarian aid efforts in Uganda and the Congo in response to the international media attention garnered by Invisible Children’s KONY 2012 campaign. Panelists included Maurice Carney of Friends of the Congo, Milton Allimadi of …

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 14, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

“With the available resources we had…”

Understanding the organizational dynamics of local, indigenous, community-based groups directly serving vulnerable families is vastly different from the project-based, accountability-by-paper world of the aid industry. While those in the aid system may acknowledge local groups’ resourcefulness in mobilizing local resources, their language and cultural competencies, and responsiveness to communities’ needs, there are challenges in working with local groups that many organizations are not up…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 8, 2012 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Whom do I actually serve?

Andebo Pax Pascal shares his experience as an aid worker in Africa’s newest country in his second guest post By examining beneficiaries’ place (or lack thereof) in two projects, he explores whether the development discourse has drifted into the abstract, beyond those he serves.

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The idea of different categories of people--donors, government representatives,…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 1, 2012 at 9:09am — 3 Comments

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