(The Humanitarian Social Network)
Long-haul international flights are a great opportunity to catch up on action adventure movies I’d never bother seeing in the U.S. On my flight from Johannesburg on Friday night, I watched In Time, a Justin Timberlake as Robin Hood sci-fi film in which time replaces money as the world’s currency and presents just as many challenges to the have and have-nots.
This got me thinking about the currencies of international aid. On this trip,…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on June 25, 2012 at 10:46am — No Comments
We all know there are aid donors and international funding partners out there that want to change “business as usual” in development (or at least people inside those institutions that do). We also all know that for various reasons, they’re not moving quick enough for those working on the ground.
New donors could come in and fill the gaps. But more importantly, we need a new kind of donor, whether they are recent to the scene or not.
The organizations that I see doing…Continue
The best piece of advice I ever received was from a professor in grad school who told us that we as aid workers might never be able to unequivocally determine if we are doing things right. However she assured us that if we weren't questioning ourselves, we most certainly were doing things wrong.
Along with the results frameworks and donor pressures that dictate our daily work, our own personal reflection is also a necessary and vital tool in making our role as…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on June 12, 2012 at 3:59am — No Comments
Somehow I had managed to escape the flesh-eating, frenzied swarm of red fire ants that had been circling in the bottom of the boat as I anticipated our arrival. Size certainly doesn’t matter when it comes to fire ants, an entomological force to be reckoned with.
I stepped out of the small wooden canoe-like craft as…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on June 7, 2012 at 3:42am — No Comments