Jennifer Lentfer's Blog Posts Tagged 'Development' (13)

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Three people I know and admire are getting the recognition they deserve this week and I want to take a moment to celebrate their achievements on how-matters.org.

1) Mulugeta Gebru, founder of Jerusalem Children and Community Development…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 14, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Development is like music

A guest post on how-matters.org by Oscar Abello 

That video of Victor Wooten doing a solo electric bass performance of Amazing Grace just blows my mind. (See it on YouTube here.) In a recent TEDed video, he plays a slightly toned-down…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 11, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Development Work: A Labor of Love…and Paradox

We are celebrating Labor Day today in the United States, a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the everyday efforts of American workers. What better day to share my thoughts on a book I’ve been reading on the lives of us, the development laborers?

Inside the Everyday Lives of Development…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 4, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Real Experts

This post on behalf of REPSSI originally appeared on A View from the Cave.

The first and most challenging exercise of the day when I took a seminar from The OpEd Project required me to fill in the following blanks and share with the group:

Hello, my name…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on July 19, 2012 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Does your organization unleash demand-driven development?

Thankfully, the “expertise infusion” aid model is currently being transformed. Aid funders tend to think too much about the supply side of development, and very little about where the demand is coming from. More and more international actors are focusing on building their own skills to accompany, support, and relate more effectively to local institutions and organizations, rather than overpower or co-opt them.…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on June 26, 2012 at 5:58am — 2 Comments

Does international aid need a 12-step program?

“Let go and let God.” It’s a mantra of Alcoholics Anonymous. And after the last week or so, I’m wondering if it’s time for international aid to adopt the same approach to recovery (with more politically correct secular references of course).

Last week I attended the “Summit for Aid Effectiveness in Global…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 5, 2012 at 7:07am — 1 Comment

Friday’s Poetic Pause: "The Development Set" by Ross Coggins

I remember first reading this poem as I was waiting for an appointment with my advisor in graduate school. It was taped to his door. The second time, it was read to a group of us at our fellowship orientation as we officially entered the corporate aid world.

I also remember both instances to be extremely disappointing.

As I discussed how-matters.org's "Poetry Pause" with someone recently, they reminded me of the…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 10, 2012 at 11:54am — No Comments

A tale of two realities

I attended two entirely different Washington D.C. aid industry events yesterday.

The first was a Society for International Development panel entitled, “M&E in the For-Profit and Non-Profit Sectors: Differences and Shared Advantages” and the second was “…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on December 14, 2011 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Hallowed Halls or Ghost Towns?

This week I re-entered an aid “institution” after five years of working with small foundations and local groups.

After just two short days, I can’t help but be reminded of why I left.

I am once again surrounded by smart, driven, committed people. But unfortunately they are largely a group of people who are also exhausted, overwhelmed, and discouraged by fighting while propagating the very organizations in which they serve. From my still outsider’s perspective, it’s as if the…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 26, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Can allies help Palestinians to reform aid? How?

Dalia Association, Palestine’s first and only community foundation, recently launched an advocacy campaign to address the issues facing grassroots civil society as recipients of international aid in Palestine. Nora Lester Murad, Dalia’s founder and former executive director, shares the organization’s progress and the questions they face going forward.

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We at Dalia Association in Palestine have an…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 19, 2011 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

What’s missing from the aid effectiveness debate? Overlooking the capacity of local organizations

Check out my post today on The Broker Online, "What’s missing from the aid effectiveness debate? Overlooking the capacity of local organizations", in which I argue that rather than being the lowest common denominator of international assistance, local indigenous organizations should be regarded as the fundamental unit of… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 5, 2011 at 10:46pm — 1 Comment

World Bank and IMF, Don’t Just Develop Capacity – Unleash It

The World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings start this week. My colleague, Tom Grubisich and I have put together a panel during the Civil Society Policy Forum entitled, "Winds of Change: Will it bring a new development paradigm?" It will take place on Friday, April 15th at 2pm EST (6pm GMT). The session overview, webcast links, and bios of participants (an exciting group if I do say so!) are featured below.



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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 10, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

A New Discipline for Development Practitioners

Excerpts from: The Barefoot Collective. (2009). The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organizations and Social Change. Cape Town: Community Development Resource Association.



You never change anything by fighting existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 17, 2010 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

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