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I get a lot of questions on how to succeed in international development. How to make an internship turn into a job, how to use a bad job to get … more Blood & Milk…


The bare bones of prepping for an international career

I’ve had several requests lately for career advice and assistance. That makes me think it’s a good time to repeat some basic points. Here are Alanna’s essential five things to … more Blood & Milk…


A manifesto of sorts

Development work is designed to change people’s lives. Its specific goal is impacting human beings and the way they live. Done badly, it does damage. This makes it inherently serious, … more Blood & Milk…


Reader Question – Can you share some of your experiences in which inexperienced nonprofits did more harm than good?

Dear Alanna, I too am starting up a very small nonprofit, and I admit that I am not comfortable with all of the issues you raised in your blog on … more Blood & Milk…


The story of FORGE

About two weeks ago, something fascinating happened. Kjerstin Erickson, the director of FORGE, a small NGO that works with refugees in Zambia, posted on her blog at Social Edge. She … more Blood & Milk…


Reader question: When is it okay to start an NGO?

Hi Alanna, I have been reading your blog for some time. I was particularly struck by your entry on founding NGOs. While in the context you are speaking I completely … more Blood & Milk…


Dear everyone who’s ever thought of starting an NGO

Don’t do it. You’re not going to think of a solution no one else has, your approach is not as innovative as you think it is, and raising money is … more Blood & Milk…