"There's benefits to the intermediation.
Donor W with a budget of £10bn can't think properly in chunks of less than £100m. They don't have time, not without tripling their staff, and they've had a recruitment freeze…"
"Aid organisations will typically take everything you have and ask for more... it is a skill to know your limits and say no. (And yeah sometimes saying no to yourself can be the hardest part.) Extremely long days and extremely high…"