Wednesdays are for jargon

I’m bringing back a feature from years ago. Every Wednesday I’ll unpack some development jargon for you. HIV jargon PEPFAR – President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, an anti-AIDS program … more Blood & Milk…


The Questions I Ask

Americans are weirdly private people. Nearly every other culture I’ve experienced involved sharing more personal information with strangers than your average American wants to provide. It used to feel really … more Blood & Milk…


Blog Posts I Will Apparently Never Write

1. Jargon is generally accused of being 1) a sign of fuzzy thinking and 2) a tool for oppression and exclusion. Sometimes even by me. It has struck me lately, … more Blood & Milk…


Five fast facts about Bishkek

  I moved to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan a little more than two months ago. It’s always hard to start a new posting in the winter, but I have been coming here … more Blood & Milk…


China’s labor migration

Last week, the Washington Post ran a great article about economic growth in China, and its impact on one young couple who migrated from their rural village. It starts out … more Blood & Milk…


The Easy Answers

Sometimes people ask me what they should know about international development. Sometimes they’re new professionals in this field, or people who want to be educated donors. Sometimes they’re health care … more Blood & Milk…


Humanitarian Response, Complexity, and UHC: My High Hopes for 2014

  These aren’t predictions, exactly, or New Year’s wishes. More like positive signs I am hoping will occur. Clues that we’re getting our act together as an international system.[1] The good … more Blood & Milk…