Phrase of the day

“The non-governmental sector.” At yesterday’s UNESCO meetings, I heard it at least fifteen times.

Yes I know the term has a (supposedly) legitimate use, but you will never hear it from my lips. How about a sentence like this?:

…non-governmental organizations have made and are increasingly making important contributions to both population and development activities at all levels. In many areas of population and development activities, non-governmental groups are already rightly recognized for their comparative advantage in relation to government agencies.

It’s nice to know that we are good for something!

The bottom line: Tomorrow I fly home.


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