Jindra Cekan, PhD

Primary Address:
11814 Sweetpea Ct.
Tampa, FL 33635

Secondary Address:
Kolinska 5
130 00 Prague 3
Czech Republic

Publications / Presentations / Proposals



"Appreciative Strategic Planning at World Vision USA" http://axiomnews.ca/blogs/1966 Axiom News2011

"Improving International Food Security" in LBX Journal (2011) link

"One Chance to Get it Right: 7 Key Pillars for Achieving Food Security" for Women Thrive 2011 link and Gender in Agric Bibliography: link

Presented to the Knowledge Management Group of the Society of International Development on the "Power of the (Appreciative) Question" (2009) link

Published "A Wealth of Knowledge: Case Studies in Learning From a PVO's Most Precious Assets" article in Monday Developments with G. McAuliffe http://www.scribd.com/doc/17003730/MDDec2008

"Armenia Food Security Assessment", Food Aid Management Food Forum newsletter, IV Q, 2001. Washington, DC

Field tools: "ARC Food Security Proposal Review Checklists and Tools", "Food Ration Calculation Exercise", "White Paper". 2001 and in http://www.foodaid.org/food3.htm

"Red Cross' Humanitarian Mission to Assist the Most Vulnerable -- Safety Nets Programs and The American Red Cross." Food Aid Management Food Forum Newsletter, II Q, 2000. Washington, DC

"Food security" chapter in CRS PRA/RRA Manual, Spring 1999. Baltimore, MD.

"Food Security Workshop: Developing Best Practices for Design and Implementation of Food Security Programs" 1999.

"Toward a conceptual framework of household ‘coping’ – reflections from rural West Africa" Co-authored with Alayne Adams and Rainer Sauerborn, Harvard’s Center for Population and Development. Africa. Vol 68, No. 2. Fall 1998

"NGO recommendation for U.S. Action Plan on Food Security: Mini-paper #13 – ‘Food aid to promote food security’’’. Food Forum (FAM). With Ellen Levinson and TJ Ryan. Nov/Dec 1997, Washington, DC.

"Monetization – Links to Food Security?’’’ Relief and Rehabilitation Network Series, ODI. With Amy MacNeil and Steve Loeggering. November 1996. London: UK

"Foreign Aid Cuts - Food Security Effects’’ Bread for the World Annual Report. With Kim Miller. 1996. Silver Spring, MD.

"Listening to One’s Clients: A Case Study of Mali’s Famine Early Warning System (SAP) and Rural Producers". PhD thesis at the Fletcher School 1994.

"Five Malian Villages During the 'Soudure': Counter- Seasonal Coping Strategies Observed" Disasters. March 1992. London: UK.


American Red Cross Programming Guidance – Food/ Nutrition Discussion Papers: "Food Security and HIV/AIDS" (#3, 2003)
"Rapid Rural Appraisal at the American Red Cross – Lessons Learned from Armenia and Kenya" (#2, 2002)
"American Red Cross: Analysis of the Costs & Benefits of Launching a Micronutrient Program" co-authored with Susan Burger and Edith Cheung (#1, 2002)

CRS Small Enterprise Development Occasional Paper Series for Issues in Program Design:
"Understanding the Link: Poverty Lending and Food Security" (#3);
"Reaching the Poorest: Poverty Lending and Food Security" (#4);
"Targeting Women: Poverty Lending and Food Security" (#5); MD, Catholic Relief Services. September to November 1997
"Survey of Title II General Relief and Other Child Feeding Programs in Ethiopia and Kenya". With David Payton. Catholic Relief Services. June 1995

"Livelihood Security Assessment" CARE- Mali Agriculture and Natural Resources Projects. CARE International. December 1995


SPHERE chapters on Food Security (2003) as well as on Food Aid and Nutrition (1998).

Weiss, William, Paul Bolton, Anita Shakar. 2000. "CERTI Crisis and Transition Tool Kit, RAPID ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES (RAP): Addressing the Perceived Needs of Refugees & Internally Displaced Persons through Participatory Learning and Action." 2nd edition, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.


Presentation on Appreciative Inquiry at Society for International Development's Knowledge Management group, 12/09 http://www.microlinks.org/multimedia/SID_AI/player.html

Rice Bowl Dinner for CRS "Hunger in Africa" – Washington, DC April 2006.
Peace Corps. "Women: Building Communities and Dreams"- Washington, DC Mar 2006.
Feinstein International Famine Center, Tufts University. "Food Aid/Food Security at ARC" -- Medford, MA. Nov 2000
Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy- Panelist at Alumni/ New Student events 1999-2001
US Dept of Agriculture, Dairy Producer’s Forum: ‘CRS and food aid’ – DC.Oct 1998
AAAS, PVOs in Development: ‘CRS and Food Security' – Wash, DC. Sept 1998
USDA, Women and Agriculture: ‘Ethics’ – Washington DC. June 1998
Lutheran World Relief/ InterAction, African Food Security Forum – Wash, DC. Mar 1998
InterAction, Global Forum on World Food Summit - Wash, DC. May 1997
UNICEF, Office of Emergency Programs – New York NY. Jan 1995
John F. Kennedy School of Government- Harvard University, International Environmental Institutions Seminar – Cambridge MA. May 1993


Title and sector of proposal
Type of proposal (APS, RFA, DAP, etc.)
Donor Role/ $$ successfully funded
2009 Liberia "Multi-Year Assistance Proposal" USAID/ Food For Peace External technical reviewer/ editor- proposal pending approval Mercy Corps
2009 Sierra Leone "Multi-Year Assistance Proposal" USAID/ Food For Peace Researcher, designed proposal approach based on field-visit proposal pending approval ACDI/VOCA with IMC
2009 Haiti Emergency food security proposal concept paper USAID/ Food For Peace External technical reviewer/ editor - proposal approved CARE
2008 Malawi "Multi-Year Assistance Proposal" USAID/ Food For Peace External technical reviewer/ editor- proposal not approved Mercy Corps and Land O'Lakes
2007 Uganda and DRC "Multi-Year Assistance Proposal" USAID/ Food for Peace External technical reviewer/ editor - proposal pending approval Mercy Corps/ International Medical Corps
Ethiopia and Ivory Coast
"New Partner’s Initiative, Technical Proposal"
U.S. Dept of State/ PEPFAR
Lead developer - $12 million
Geneva Global
KUSARD "Women, Families and HIV/AIDS"
RFP from The Collaborative Fund for HIV/AIDS Treatment, Preparedness
Lead developer - pending
Food Security / food aid
USAID’s Multi - Year - Assistance - Programs
Lead Technical Reviewer - approved, praised by USAID but unfunded due to budget cuts
Catholic Relief Services
Various proposals to the ICRC
Internal Red Cross funding requests
Lead developer - $20,000-$50,000
Pan-Africa e.g. Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Gambia, Benin), Balkans (Kosovo, Macedonia), C. Asia, some Central America (Guatemala)/ Caribbean (Haiti)
Multiple Development Activities Proposals, Emergency Operation Proposals for USAID – FFP and PVC (1995-1999 at CRS and 1999-2002 at ARC) + 2 TAPs (now Development Relief Proposals) for USAID at CRS. Many Food For Progress USDA (1999-2001 at ARC)
USAID and USDA: Development Activities Proposals (DAP), Transition Activities Proposals, Food for Progress (FFProgress)
Sectoral Food Security input + parts of problem statement, integration w/other sectors, M&E plan/ indicator, results reporting -- $3-30 million
Catholic Relief Services, American Red Cross
2002 and 1998
PVO - global
ISAs at CRS and ARC
Institutional Support Agreements for USAID
Sectoral input at CRS and Lead developer at ARC - $500,000
Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, India
GAP HIV/AIDS proposal for "Care and Support" – based on RFA from USAID
Multi-year grant from USAID – collaboration with CDC
Co-lead - $3 million