Alanna Shaikh at Blood and Milk reminds that development work in DC or any other well-developed city can be very different than when you’re, to borrow a phrase from Rushmore, in the shit:
In country, though, every success and back-step hits you right in the gut. Your life feels like a series of wins and losses. It’s hard to have any sense of overall progress when you just had a terrible meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture and your training just got cancelled. On the other hand, when things are going well, you’re so full of energy and creativity and passion you can push your work to whole new levels of impact.