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Three more reasons I won’t hire you

You show disrespect for host country staff. These people have been in country their whole lives, most of them have been doing this work longer than you, and their language [ read more brave ]

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Three Magic Job Interview Questions

That title is clickbait. There are no magic questions. However, these are three good questions to ask at an interview. They’ll impress your interviewers and give you good information about [ read more brave ]

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Things I’d write about if I had time

I received press releases about these two initiatives, and they both sound genuinely intriguing. If I wasn’t so busy right now, I’d follow up to find our more. First, we [ read more brave ]

Seeing from another angle

Five years ago, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, I wanted to dye Easter eggs with my kids. It was a couple days before the holiday. I had the food coloring and the [ read more brave ]

American anarchists, a Kurdish nationalist leader, and radical feminism: welcome to Rojava

Rojava is a region in Northern Syria under Kurdish control and governed according to the ideas of Abdullah Öcalan, a Kurdish nationalist leader who believes that “a country can’t be [ read more brave ]

Stuff I’m not getting paid to read

“Ten striking facts about agricultural input use in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Food Policy Volume 67, February 2017, Pages 12–25. A serious, research-grounded look at actual agriculture in SSA. “Inside the Hunt for [ read more brave ]

Five simple ways to make your proposal more competitive

  Read the call for proposals and take note of the scoring. Spend your time accordingly. If the management plan is worth five points, don’t spend two days of meetings [ read more brave ]

Peace Corps and Persistence

  Excerpts from emails I sent today: 1) About President Trump I think our goal is to make this a four year presidency. He can do terrible harm in four [ read more brave ]

Aid work and failure

A lot of aid money gets spent on activities that just don’t work. Well more than half, I’d guess. But the thing is, you don’t always now which activities are [ read more brave ]

Stuff Translators Hate

I’ve spent the last two weeks as part of a multinational health sector assessment effort, and we’ve worked through interpreters the whole time. I’ve obviously worked with translators before, but [ read more brave ]