The AidSpeak Dictionary

This is a sampling of actual posts on Twitter that I requested (@bill_easterly) last weekend for “decodings of aid/development jargon” .  Inspiration was from 40 Publishing Buzzwords, Clichés and Euphemisms DecodedI dont necessarily endorse any implied viewpoint, if any.

“beneficiaries” : the people who make it possible for us to be paid by other people @monanicoara

“bottom-up” : don’t ask someone what might work, just make something up instead @thejoeturner

baseline : a point which is so low that positive results are the only possible outcome @ANLevine

accountability for results  we keep all our promises by  issuing new promises  @bill_easterly

bottoms-up development: downing single-malt whiskey in one shot at Davos  @Arvind11d123

“civil society involvement”: consulting the middle class employee of aUS or European NGO @dangay

 “community capacity building” : teach them what they already know @fauvevivre

demand-driven approach you create the demand and then you respond to it

“empowerment” : what is left when all the quantifiable variables give non significant results @MarianaSarastiM

entrepreneurial : vaguely innovative and cool, but definitely nothing to do with the hated market @jselanikio

“experienced aid practitioner” : has large number of air miles in account  @thejoeturner

“expert” : I read a book about the place on the plane @savo_heleta

“field experience” :  I can’t bear DC anymore @MarianaSarastiM

“gender” : counting how many women attend your meeting @liamswiss

“Global North” : White academics; “Global South” : Indian academics  @Isla_Misty

“innovation” : we’re sexy, you want to be associated with us @DarajaTz

“leverage” : we’re not paying for all of this @katelmax

“low overhead” : volunteers run headquarters @thejoeturner

low-hanging fruit:  we were already going to achieve this anyway  @Global_ErinH

mainstreaming : forgetting  @swampcottage

microfinance : not as good as sub-prime lending  @lippytak

meetings : our grant said we had to host an event @Global_ErinH

per diem: what we have to pay local officials to attend our meetings @Afrophile

“participatory stakeholders” : people who should solve their own problems –@UCGHR

“participation” : the right to agree with preconceived projects or programs @edwardrcarr

partnering with other institutions : were raising barriers to entry @JustinWolfers

“political will” :  I have no comprehension of the incentives faced by the people who I wish would do stuff I want @m_clem

“practical solutions” : photogenic solutions @thejoeturner

“pro-poor” : the rich know best @james_tooley

“RCT” : research method yielding same results as qualitative work at 10 times the cost –@texasinafrica

rent-seaking behavior : everything not nailed to the floor will be stolen- @charcoalproject

“outreach” : intrude @langtry_girl

“ownership” : we held a workshop @dangay

“raise awareness” :  no measurable outcome @jonathan_welle

“scale-up” :  It’s time for follow on grant @HunterHustus

sensitize : tell people what to do @zw1tscher

sustainable : will last at least as long as the funding @thejoeturner

tackling root causes of poverty : repackaging what weve already done in a slightly more sexy font @thejoeturner

UN Goals: making up targets for problems we dont understand paid for with money we dont have @jacobhorner

Notes: I have done some very minor editing for spelling and clarity. 

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