Helping professions, by design, were meant to be some kind of temporary relief to people who are in positions of vulnerability. In my field of social work, we employ an empowerment approach in the intervention process, such that we intend for individuals receiving welfare support to be better off than before they were enrolled. This is the very reason I fell in love with the profession and daily why I look for ways of to improve the lives of individuals and families.…Continue
Added by Clement N Dlamini on May 13, 2013 at 11:25am — No Comments
Many Government Organizations (GO), Non Government Organizations (NGO) and international Aid Agencies work in many countries for social and economical development. There are various types of projects and programs implemented for developing the socio-economic conditions of those countries, especially in developing and under developed countries. Since hundreds of years, the development agencies have been working in many countries only for doing various development issues. Thousands of…Continue
Added by Suman Chowdhury Mony on December 12, 2012 at 3:11am — No Comments
Without sounding ungrateful one wonders if aid agencies or development partners are as effective in helping Third World countries in their course towards sustainable development. In Swaziland it began as an emergency response where food aid is concerned, but it later became an annual event. Some communities have become perpetual beneficiaries of food aid despite having received good rains, farm inputs, etc. They simply will not apply any effort towards producing their own food. This has…Continue
Added by Clement N Dlamini on November 14, 2012 at 7:56am — No Comments
Many Donor organizations and countries of the world have been donating or lending billions of money as aid for long time in many third world countries and underdeveloped and developing countries for organising various types of social and economical development programs including poverty alleviation. Many countries do their development works by using the foreign assistance. There are many NGOs and Government Organizations establish for doing various types of development activities…Continue
Added by Suman Chowdhury Mony on October 3, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
After working in global health for over 30 years, Ruth Stark wrote a book to guide her daughter, Taryn, also an aid professional. To celebrate Mother’s Day, I’m sharing a chapter from it, which Ruth graciously agreed to have appear on how-matters.org. (You can see my March review of How to Work in Someone Else's Country …Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 13, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
Rich countries delivered $3.2 trillion of aid to poor countries between 1960 and 2008 (World Bank, 2011). Yet only 36% of aid workers think projects achieve their intended impact (McKinsey & Devex, 2011).
Aid recipients agree, calling for a change in aid’s business model—from that of delivery of goods and…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 9, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments
I've often said that it was easier for me to move to rural Zimbabwe than to Detroit. When people ask me why this farm-girl-turned-aid-worker devoted myself to placing community-driven development initiatives at the forefront of aid, here’s why:…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 7, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments
“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…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 5, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 19, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
"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…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 18, 2012 at 6:48am — No Comments
Below are some other posts featuring local champions on…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 16, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments
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.
The idea of different categories of people--donors, government representatives,…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 1, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 12, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments
I won’t share the video that many of my fellow bloggers reacted to today. Because of its slick production value, Invisible Children’s Kony2012 campaign will get plenty of attention without a link from me.
I did attempt to watch the whole video, but I have to confess that I stopped when Invisible Children’s founder asks his 3-year-old to explain who the “bad guys” are and what daddy does, i.e. he goes after them. The simplistic narrative of heroes and villains – this, among other…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 7, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments
Do you have a colleague that just won’t shut up about the fight he’s having with his sibling over their family's vacation home? Or one who dressed way too provocatively when you were on that field visit last week? What about the person who constantly blames everything that doesn’t go their way on the incapacity or corruption of “the locals”?
We have all worked with these people. Perhaps we have even been these people at times. We didn’t know any better…until we did.…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 5, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
1. ergh: used when in a state of disgust, confusion, frustration, or convulsion. "ergh, I just threw up all over the keyboard." "ergh, that's wrong." (from Urban Dictionary)
It’s proposal purgatory time at the aid agency where I’m currently working. And one of the joys, the inescapable joys of this time, is completing the accompanying …Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 26, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Re-posting this series from the early days of how-matters.org…
Adapted from: The Barefoot Collective. (2009). The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organizations and Social Change. Cape Town: Community Development Resource Association. www.barefootguide.org
In order to build authentic relationships with grassroots organizations, these qualities,…
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 23, 2012 at 10:27pm — No Comments
We don’t talk about our hearts nearly enough in international aid and philanthropy. But this Valentine’s Day seems like a good time to do so. Our hearts draw us to this work, and if we keep them open enough, they are what tie us to this work when the frustrations and obstacles seem insurmountable.
A community leader and member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska,…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 14, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 10, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
Weh Yeoh of whydev.org argues that everything that we do in international development is about selling a message. But how do we convince people when a message goes against the grain of what they already believe?Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 7, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments