- By Kedar PavgiKedar Pavgi is an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.
This past weekend, Bill Easterly, author and former World Bank Economist, put out a challenge over his Twitter to create "witty decoding for development buzzwords" based on the 40 Publishing Buzzwords. That challenge rendered the AidSpeak Dictionary, a compilation of some of the words that Dr. Easterly picked out and put on his website. Some of the highlights include:
"civil society involvement": consulting the middle class employee of aUS or European NGO –@dangay
"field experience" : I can’t bear DC anymore –@MarianaSarastiM
"innovation" : we’re sexy, you want to be associated with us –@DarajaTz
"sustainable" : will last at least as long as the funding –@thejoeturner
"tackling root causes of poverty" : repackaging what we’ve already done in a slightly more sexy font –@thejoeturner
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the Treasury Department.| Daniel W. Drezner |