Connecting local responses around the world
Does snark among aid bloggers go too far? Do aid workers just need and deserve to let off steam? Or does the language we use matter, because it either closes down or opens up dialogue, especially with our partners?
I’m not sure, frankly. (See some others illustrate the points here and…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 28, 2011 at 5:43am — No Comments
This week I re-entered an aid “institution” after five years of working with small foundations and local groups.
After just two short days, I can’t help but be reminded of why I left.
I am once again surrounded by smart, driven, committed people. But unfortunately they are largely a group of people who are also exhausted, overwhelmed, and discouraged by fighting while propagating the very organizations in which they serve. From my still outsider’s perspective, it’s as if the…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 26, 2011 at 7:51pm — No Comments
The annual expressions of gratitude from the U.S.’ Thanksgiving holiday now subsided, I share a poem I wrote yesterday about how hard it is at times to be genuinely grateful.
Over the past year, I have been fortunate enough to live rent-free, staying with friends and family. But that has also meant that I have been someone’s houseguest.
After I wrote this reflection, I wondered: Is there a parallel to be drawn with those at the…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 25, 2011 at 9:05pm — No Comments
This post first appeared on HUMNews for World Pneumonia Day.
"Hillary Clinton unveils initiative on clean cooking stoves," was among last year’s highlights at the Millennium Development Goals Summit. But what has become of The Global Alliance…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 13, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments
Stronger, more sustainable community-based organizations can contribute to a more effective and participatory civil society…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 8, 2011 at 7:28pm — No Comments