Things I don’t believe in #10 – Donating stuff instead of money (June 2008)

Note: August is looking like a crazy and stressful month for me, with no time to blog here. To make sure no one gets bored and abandons me, I am … more Blood & Milk…


Jargon of the day: Cash for Work

I have always thought the phrase “cash for work” was kind of crazy. Isn’t cash for work called employment? In practice, however, cash for work is a specific kind of … more Blood & Milk…


Links: jargon, politics, humanitarian relief, and a contest

This glossary is a resource for deciphering development jargon. The Huffington Post asks if Republicans are better at foreign assistance. Statistics on humanitarian relief from the excellent new Change.org humanitarian … more Blood & Milk…


How you can help – Gustav

The Hauser Center has a great blog post on where to give to help victims of Gustav. It advocates for thoughtful giving to local groups, with which I wholeheartedly agree.


How to help in Georgia

Georgia is a developing country, but not among the poorest of the poor. It’s not Haiti or Bangladesh. Therefore, the displaced persons who fled probably have some level of savings, … more Blood & Milk…


Jargon of the day: NFIs

Jargon: NFIs Translation: NFIs stands for Non-Food Items. This is a package of household items such as blankets, utensils, and cooking pots given to refugees or internally displaced persons to … more Blood & Milk…


Thinking about reconstruction

I heard a speech the other day on post-conflict reconstruction and state building by an analyst from a prominent NGO, and it made me do a lot of thinking about … more Blood & Milk…