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Wednesdays are for jargon – Budget words

NICRA – Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement. An agreement with the USG government identifying the amount an organization spends on indirect costs. It has to be developed annually according to … more Blood & Milk…


What we call home

Before I came to Kyrgyzstan, I spent three months in Central New York, within a hundred miles of where I was born.  It was the longest time I’d spent there … more Blood & Milk…


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…