Connecting local responses around the world
Or donc, je me promenais entre la Bourse et l'Eglise St Catherine à Bruxelles, nous fréquentons cet endroit, Kim et moi-même, pour y retrouver certaine senteurs et atmosphère de l'Asie. C'est toute une expédition pour les bouseux des cantons périmés, que nous sommes et nous sommes toujours attentifs aux indigènes du coin, qui semblent finir par nous accepter.
Bref, mis en confiance, nous nous dirigeâmes vers un restaurant chino-vietnamien, petit couloir encombré de tables ne…Continue
Marc Maxson is not your usual aid worker.
Yes, he is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, lives in Kenya, works for a Washington D.C.-based non-governmental organization, and is married to someone also employed in aid.
But Marc Maxson also has a PhD in neuroscience.
So what does that enable Marc to do as an aid worker? Marc develops new conceptual approaches to solving "impossible" problems, of which there are many in international development.…Continue
I will start this article by first defining SALT; as defined by “Heinemann English Dictionary”; a white compound, sodium chloride (formula NaCL), widely used to flavor and preserve food;…informally “experience” can make one salty.
As a verb we add salt in order to season or preserve food; informally it can be introduced to give a false impression of “value”.
My recent learning experience with youths in “camp blossom” (an opportunity to practice…Continue
Malaria Competence Approach is having tremendous impact in reducing malaria sicknesses and deaths in the community particularly children and women in Imperi Chiefdom as reported by the local communities.
Article about the work in Imperi chiefdom.
The Malaria Competence Approach is one of the community-based interventions whereby communities locally respond to malaria. Malaria in the…Continue
When SALT is a lifestye practice you seek out opportunity to apply this. Recently during a Savings and Internal Lending Community (SILC) event, I sought for opportunites to apply SALT, ha! It eventually came. What are the qualities of a good Facilitator? I say SALTy: Stimulate - one's capacity to stimulate local response to ensure ownership and responsibility; Appreciate strengths that already exists and encourage building on these strengths; Learn from the communities strengths, how they…Continue
I was so impressed with this man in Myanmar...
We were visiting a temple near Inlay lake, a very touristy area in Myanmar. Everywhere there are people selling…Continue
At this point I realized that the closest people in my life, the ones I love so dearly were far from something so dear to me, my job, my passion for SALT and at that exact moment I decided not only to explain what I did to the fullest but to have them experience it too.
"Tricia, what exactly do you do?” And that was how it began, on a hot weekday afternoon in February 2011. I visited my eldest sister and my baby nephews, as I always do the day before I leave on one…Continue
Last week I had the pleasure of talking with Judith Madigan, Co-founder and Director of BrandOutLoud, who reached out following my recent post, “Do CBOs have an image problem?”
BrandOutLoud works with aid organizations, local and international, to transform the pity-laden us/them paradigm used in many communications strategies to one that portrays the strengths and…
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This is a new feature I’m introducing on Fridays on how-matters.org, the sharing of poetry related to aid and development work. First off, a treasured poem by Akwasi Aidoo, Executive Director of Trust Africa.
We are a developing…Continue
Activity: Frontier Process
Location:Uruk Otong Corps (AISW Division)
Date: 13th July-4th August 2011
Thanks to have reading ARH on ning. Even not much additional information ARH Competence has been improving in number of groups. Newly recruited facilitators and me keep promoting this. At Bandung West Java Province at least there are two schools and six universities that adopt ARH Competence. One project will be presented at the ICAAP as poster presentation. The issues also becoming wider. It's now dealing with youth competence (life skill education, English, proposal/abstract writing class,…Continue
A very important question was posed in response to how-matters.org's recent guest post, "Participation: Reality or the Promised Land? A View from South Sudan, which is "What can development professionals who believe in and practice participatory processes do to promote it?"
It’s a tough question to answer, especially for people on the “inside” of the system, because this often means…Continue
My experience thus far facilitating S.A.L.T.
Presently I am supporting/stimulating, appreciating, listening, learning and transferring with 29 youths all under 17, the youngest being 12…it is truly amazing to see cold, defensive youths who were severely abused, truly open up when they are asked about their dreams,, hopes, concerns…empathetic listening truly breaks down barriers.
There was this particular beautiful girl child who did not want to speak to me in the…Continue
I’m currently in Santa Fe, New Mexico and last weekend I stopped in at a favorite place of mine here, the Museum of International Folk Art. A current exhibit, “The Arts of Survival: Folk Expression in the Face of Disaster,” had caught my eye and I wanted to check it out.…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 15, 2011 at 10:42pm — No Comments
In response to an earlier post on how-matters.org, “Sorry but it’s not YOUR project,” a reader offered the following guest post. Andebo Pax Pascal shares his experience as an aid worker in Africa’s newest country.
My friend Tom is working for “Aid Agency X”, which has prided itself in working ‘with’ and not ‘for’ the people, a sign that it is ready to involve the community in its development…
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 13, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments
I want to share an experience on creating a new framework and would like your input on my main question: when is a framework most effective?
Creating a Self Assessment Framework in Surinam
We're applying the CLCP to WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) in 16 villages in Surinam. During the first week of the project we transfered the process to 30 trainers and facilitators. During this week we also created the…Continue