- 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