The long-awaited review of Fighting for Darfur, by Rebecca Hamilton

This is an important, useful, well-written book. And it’s not all that long, so there is really no excuse not to read it. The book looks at the Darfur advocacy … more Blood & Milk…


UN Week Notes: Thursday

I spent the whole day today camped out at the Digital Media Lounge, because I think I have strep throat and schlepping all over town for press events was beyond … more Blood & Milk…


US Congress Discovers Urbanization – director’s cut

I try to keep my blog posts to one major point. If I have a lot to say, I turn it into a series. So when I wrote my most … more Blood & Milk…


In defense of the Millennium Challenge Corporation

I was recently contacted by someone asking me to help in their campaign to get the MCC to reverse their decision on suspending funding to Nicaragua. I declined, and I … 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…


Jargon of the day: CTO

Jargon: CTO Translation: This is a USAID term, as far as I know. CTO stands for cognizant technical officer. The cognizant technical officer is the representative of the contracting officer … more Blood & Milk…


Jargon of the day: BCL

Jargon: BCL Translation: BCL stands for Briefing Checklist. This is a government term, for a very specific kind of document that underlings write and give high-level officials to prepare them … more Blood & Milk…