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Jennifer Lentfer's Blog – October 2010 Archive (6)

Dipping into the pile: good reading on aid effectiveness



If you’re like me, you have a pile of all the reports, articles, and publications that you’re aiming to get to. And from time to time, I take pleasure in dipping in to explore the new thinking or sound practices in international development and aid effectiveness.



So I’m sharing twelve papers from my pile, featuring excerpts from the 7th page of each, first three sentences… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 31, 2010 at 10:49pm — No Comments

Pity, Pictures and Poverty

What do you do when your personal experience of living and working with people in Africa is so different than what is portrayed in the western media or by many charitable organizations? Confronted with this, Duncan McNicholl, an Engineers Without Borders Canada worker living in Malawi, decided in early 2010 to begin exploring these perceptions of poverty. He took pictures of friends and neighbors in his community as both poor and rich, and then… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 24, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Beyond the Ribbon Cutting

This video by Water for People demonstrates why how matters on this Blog Action Day 2010 for access to clean water. When “solutions” are delivered to disadvantaged people without sufficient thought about how community ownership, maintenance, and long-term access to water and sanitation will occur, here’s what… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 14, 2010 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Changing the system…from the ground up

"‘The system’ whereby foreign donors give handouts, and not sustainable initiatives that are drawn from the needs of the communities, is a problem.” ~R.F.M., Zimbabwe
This post is a continuation of the small series I started in August entitled “Changing the System,” which pulls together quotations from about 150 of my former colleagues, friends, and acquaintances around the world who… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 10, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Waiting for Pennies from Heaven: Fundraising Resources for Community-Based Organizations in the Developing World

Big money is on the table. $2.5 billion here. $40 billion there.



This week it’s SoCap. Last week it was the… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 5, 2010 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Ruminating on the Radio: Advice for International Volunteers & Aid Workers

Megan Schiebe of Travel Volunteer Search interviews Jennifer Lentfer of how-matters.org on blogtalkradio’s Global Humanitarian Discussions. You can listen to the 14-minute interview via the links below:…



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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 4, 2010 at 10:44pm — No Comments

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