circus, circus

Last week I took my son to the circus. Specifically, a traveling troupe of Chinese acrobats. It was quite clearly the troupe that plays Dushanbe, not the troupe that plays … more Blood & Milk…


Training that Sticks

  This probably falls into the category of stuff everyone already knows, but it’s so important I wanted to mention it anyway. Training is one of the most common interventions … more Blood & Milk…


The Words I Don’t Use

International development is infamous for its constant, jargony, changes in vocabulary. It’s not the third world, it’s the developing world. It’s not the bottom billion, it’s an ascending market. They’re … more Blood & Milk…


Change Hurts

There has been an interesting blogosphere discussion of crowdsourcing in the last few days. The usual crew of people who think about aid – this time humanitarian response in specific … more Blood & Milk…


Why don’t we do better?

I have mentioned two or three or thirty times that I am not the only person in the development world who obsesses about how we could do our work better. … more Blood & Milk…


Sixteen Ways to Tell a Health Project is Doomed

1. It focuses on AIDS, TB, or malaria but is not coordinating or harmonized with global fund activities in country. 2. The staff are all clinicians, with no public health … more Blood & Milk…


How I’m Judging You

These are my (arbitrary, personal, non-evidence-based) rules of thumb for identifying good development work: Bad signs Starting out by buying cars. Claiming to work in “Africa” without specifying a location. … more Blood & Milk…