Original post date: September 9th, 2011 Permalink: http://bloodandmilk.org/2011/09/09/justify/ New-to-me note: I’ve worked peripherally in international development for several years as an editor at a couple of big IGOs, and I studied international service for my BA. Now, however, I’m close to getting off the HQ sidelines and into the mix of things–I’m finally going to school after
So, UNCTAD is a working conference. I’m used to going to health and development conferences, where the purpose of the meeting is to share and discuss information. It’s different being at UNCTAD, where there is an actual task they’re trying to achieve. It’s probably why this conference is so unholy long. Six days is an
I started my day off with a visit to the UNCTAD exhibition hall. I wrote about it in my previous post; let’s just say it left me with some concerns. It does have a free lunch, though, which was exciting to discover. The conference offers snacks all day except for 12-3 pm, when they take
This morning I went to the exhibition hall at UNCTAD. It was a sad little effort. I saw a man weaving a traditional basket while checking his smart phone, a woman doing an oil painting of a horse while checking her smart phone, and an array of food and handicrafts. There were booths from Qatar’s
Day two began with the Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity. This is an inter-agency meeting that only takes place at UNCTAD. Like so many inter-agency meetings, it consisted almost entirely of agency representatives reading prewritten statements and ignoring each other. Some of the prewritten statements were genuinely very interesting, though.
Original post date: May 12, 2008 Permalink: http://bloodandmilk.org/2008/05/12/whats-the-difference-between-relief-and-development-programs/ New-to-me note: Now is as good a time as any to get back to basics and make a distinction between two different categories of international aid programs. Although some of this may seem obvious, for any people new to the idea of doing international aid work, it may
So, today I went to UNCTAD. Well, not UNCTAD exactly. The pre-UNCTAD meetings. Mainly the World Civil Society Forum.
Original post date: May 28th, 2009 Permalink: http://bloodandmilk.org/2009/05/28/a-request-for-useful-information/ New-to-me note: I first became aware of Alanna and this blog thanks to her great rants, so I thought that a good way to start this Friday repost series was with a rant. In my opinion, the whole point of research from “the big guys” should be to
Some tangents I cut out of an essay I provided for a very cool ebook project I’ll tell you about later: Many – in fact, most – donors and activists have never been poor themselves. I haven’t. So when we try to picture poverty, we confuse the concept of poor with the concept of
Hi! I’m Miki, Alanna’s new media assistant (yes, folks, she’s that busy; she’s pretty disturbed by the idea as well). One of my duties will be to pull old Blood and Milk posts that some of her newer readers may not have seen but that are still relevant and interesting, and give a short commentary on