About: Jennifer Foth

Jennifer Foth completed her undergraduate studies at Middlebury College, majoring in International Studies with a focus in Political Science. After graduation, Jennifer worked for two years at ACCION International, a Boston-based microfinance non-profit organization, where she oversaw the development of the senior management monthly report and partner-wide social performance indicators. Jennifer received her Masters in Public Health in International and Environmental Health from Boston University School of Public Health in September 2012. She recently returned from Ethiopia where, as part of her required Masters practicum, she completed a child needs assessment for Betasab, an organization that provides housing, education, and health care services to OVCs in Addis Ababa. As a 2012-13 Global Health Corps Fellow, Jennifer is currently working as Health Sector Quality Improvement Coordinator for Millennium Villages Project in Zomba, Malawi.

Recent Posts by Jennifer Foth

Much ado about Madonna

The recent media frenzy over Madonna's activities in Malawi shows how closely we scrutinize celebrities' philanthropy and advocacy. But why? And with our attention focussed on Madonna, Bono, and George Clooney, are we paying enough attention to NGOs themselves? Jennifer Foth explores the intersection of celebrity, philanthropy, and development. ...
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Brand Aid Solutions: a response to ‘Stop branding aid’

In a recent post on WhyDev, Josie Stewart provides a sharp critique of the branding practices of aid agencies such as USAID and DfiD. Here, Jennifer responds, arguing that we need to harness the potential of branding in creating awareness and demand, particularly for smaller, national NGOs....
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Social entrepreneurship and the millennial generation: all about altruism?

In development circles, few things right now are as hot as social entrepreneurship. And millennials have demonstrated particular enthusiasm for social entreprise, looking to become social entrepreneurs to fix everything from poverty to pollution. Yet as Jennifer Foth explains, there may be motivations other than altruism at play....
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