Development jargon as order words

The authors examine the use of development jargon as commands, or `order words'. `Participation' and `appropriate technology' are discussed as examples of development jargon which, through unquestioning usage, becomes `so entrenched that no NGO could dare contest' them. The result of continuing to use these words without allowing their meanings and implications to be contested will be the deterioration of these terms until they are no longer of analytical use.