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How much does the US government spend on foreign aid? (And 4 other things you might not know)

Few would disagree that the aim of US foreign assistance to developing countries must be to help people help themselves. But did you know…?1)   Foreign assistance is a bargain.For the last few years, the US devoted just 0.7 percent of the federal budget to poverty-focused foreign assistance. In FY2014, the US government spent $23.4 billion on it around the world. Cutting foreign aid will not…See More
Apr 2
Jennifer Lentfer commented on Jennifer Lentfer's blog post How would you teach "international development" to public relations/communications students?
"Love this idea Sarah! Might be a great way to sum up the class on our final meeting."
Feb 2
Sarah Davitt commented on Jennifer Lentfer's blog post How would you teach "international development" to public relations/communications students?
"There's lots of "Rural marketing" and "social marketing" being done in India.  For example trucks painted with "Hum do hamare do" -- a slogan about family planning.  And "Avoid AIDS, use a…"
Feb 1
Weh Yeoh liked Jennifer Lentfer's blog post How would you teach "international development" to public relations/communications students?
Jan 16
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How would you teach "international development" to public relations/communications students?

2014 begins a new endeavor - my first foray into teaching. Beginning this week, I'll be leading International Development Communications at Georgetown University's Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications program. The class is associated with the Center for Social Impact…See More
Jan 6
Jennifer Lentfer posted a blog post

“Create” nothing: A new social good mantra

Aid workers and development practitioners, how many times have you seen a paragraph like this in a proposal?“Community Mobilization: To ensure communities are… community management committees (CMCs) will be formed. Based on accepted cultural practice, CMCs will be chosen by the community members themselves with strong encouragement on establishing a gender-balanced CMC. The CMC will represent the community and be responsible for ensuring effective community participation. Training events will…See More
Nov 25, 2013
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Nov 21, 2013
Jennifer Lentfer posted a blog post

Moving day: An aid analogy

What does it feel like to be a citizen on the receiving end of international aid? Here’s an analogy to try to help us understand:Let’s say you’re moving across town. You have to be out of your old apartment by 5pm that day. You’ve got the boxes already packed and the moving van rented. All you need is some muscle to help you move the heavy stuff. You ask your friend to come over early. The plan is to load your bed and couch and…See More
Aug 23, 2013
Jennifer Lentfer posted a blog post

Time to listen? Time to address our personal barriers

When Time to Listen: Hearing people on the receiving end of international aid came out earlier this year, I was excited to see how many organizations, including my own, were interacting with the multi-year study and its authors. (See previous how-matters.org posts …See More
Jul 26, 2013
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Something "knowing thyself" requires

When emotional intelligence is missing in a leader, everyone knows it. Ian Thorpe on KM on a dollar a day yesterday discussed the elements of this and the challenges in developing one's self-awareness in aid work, a subject near and dear to this blog as well.He describes it as, "recognizing and understanding who you are and where you…See More
Jul 19, 2013
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Spotting community ownership: A reminder

These days I spend more of my time talking country ownership than community ownership, but they are one in the same, just at different units of analysis.So reposting a part of "Spotting Community Ownership" to remind myself as much as anyone.***The processes of decision-making within local relationships and…See More
Jun 18, 2013
Weh Yeoh liked Jennifer Lentfer's blog post I just came from Haiti too...
Jun 5, 2013
Jennifer Lentfer's blog post was featured

To change the world, a pulse is required

No matter how self-aware we are when we come into international aid, philanthropy, or social enterprise, most people, especially in the beginning, operate from a worldview in which change in poor people’s lives is possible with our help.As I've written before, the jury is still out on this in my mind.In my career, I have had to fight hard to…See More
May 29, 2013
Jennifer Lentfer posted a blog post

Preserving the "I don't know" within big data

My main concern with an increasing reliance on big data is that the space for possibility and the need for control or certainty too often operate in an inverse relationship. In international aid and philanthropy, our work is often focused on unanswered questions. But are some unanswerable questions?…See More
May 28, 2013
Jennifer Lentfer posted a blog post

I just came from Haiti too...

A blog comes in handy at times, like when Nora Schenkel's piece in the New York Times yesterday was not open for comments. "I Came to Haiti to Do Good..." is one of those pieces that elicits mixed feelings for me as I just came from Haiti just last week.…See More
May 17, 2013
Jennifer Lentfer posted a blog post

7 things you need to speak truth to power

Financial mismanagement. Lay-offs of local and international staff. Inappropriate conduct by leadership. Finally, a visit planned from headquarters to see what’s going on. What do you do?A superior continues to make passes at you. You find out you’re paid less than someone doing your exact same job. Someone takes undue credit for work you did.The rules don’t work for us? Guess we have to…See More
May 16, 2013

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What I do
Aid/NGO worker based in HQ or a Regional Office, Consultant
About me
Jennifer Lentfer has worked with over 300 grassroots organizations in east and southern Africa over the past decade, focusing on organizational development and learning. Currently, she is the creator/editor of how-matters.org, a blogsite aimed at raising the level of human dignity within international assistance. In working with international NGOs and philanthropies over the years, Jennifer found herself continually experiencing the limitations of donor-controlled, project-based funding and the need to place community-driven development initiatives, which are genuinely responsive to local needs, at the forefront of aid. Her work is an expression of a professional, but more importantly, a personal resolve to support aid practitioners to pay more attention to the concept of organization itself and the practice of facilitating the development of authentic and sovereign local organizations and social movements.
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http://www.how-matters.org/
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http://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferlentfer
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Jennifer Lentfer's Blog

How much does the US government spend on foreign aid? (And 4 other things you might not know)

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:00am 0 Comments

Few would disagree that the aim of US foreign assistance to developing countries must be to help people help themselves. But did you know…?

1)   Foreign assistance is a bargain.

For the last few years, the US devoted just 0.7 percent of the federal budget to poverty-focused foreign assistance. In FY2014, the US government spent $23.4 billion…

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How would you teach "international development" to public relations/communications students?

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 4:30am 2 Comments

2014 begins a new endeavor - my first foray into teaching. Beginning this week, I'll be leading International Development Communications at Georgetown University's Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications program. The class is associated with the Center for Social Impact…

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“Create” nothing: A new social good mantra

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 6:47am 0 Comments

Aid workers and development practitioners, how many times have you seen a paragraph like this in a proposal?

“Community Mobilization: To ensure communities are… community management committees (CMCs) will be formed. Based on accepted cultural practice, CMCs will be chosen by the community members themselves with strong encouragement on establishing a gender-balanced CMC. The CMC will represent the community and be responsible for ensuring effective community…

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Wanted: Films that illustrate how aid works

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 10:30am 0 Comments

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The Social Impact Media Awards, organized by DEEDA Productions, have announced their 2nd annual call for submissions for their juried 2014 awards. Filmmakers and do-gooders, show us your video-based products that portray people grappling with the realities of aid programs on the ground!

SIMA is looking for…

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