Fundraising and who does it

There’s been a lot discussion in the development blogosphere lately about fundraising and the images we use to trigger donations. It’s a serious conversation, and one that interests me. Exactly … more Blood & Milk…


Leaving Haiti

The other day, the WHO asked aid groups in Haiti not to leave for at least 60 days. I found that kind of confusing, to be honest, because no aid … 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…


Three bad ideas for helping Haiti

In the rush to engage on Haiti, a lot of well-meaning groups are jumping in to help. Some are brand new, and some have never worked on a disaster like … more Blood & Milk…


Why size doesn’t matter

The most recent installment of the Notes from the Field series on the Aid Watch blog was written by a “veteran NGO leader” from Nepal, Scott MacLennan. In it, he … more Blood & Milk…


What to do instead of starting an NGO

Here’s a nice list of things you can do instead, excerpted from About.com: 1. Seek fiscal sponsorship from an existing NGO. 2. Volunteer for a non-profit that is doing something … more Blood & Milk…


Ah, perspective

  It’s easier to be self-righteous when you’re in DC. At headquarters, things seem clear. Good managers, bad managers, good programs and bad programs – you can tell what works … more Blood & Milk…