The trouble with acronyms

is that sometimes minor differences in the sequencing of letters are lost on people. Especially if those people happen to be hopeful and expectant.

Today, I saw a house in Lower Manya (Eastern Region, Ghana) that had been painted bright yellow and the home-owner had made sure he wrote ‘EGC-025’ (the markings made on a corner of his wall during our survey’s household listing phase) on all sides prominently. Apparently, the man had confused EGC (Economic Growth Centre, Yale University) for Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and had assumed that the houses marked out were next in line for an electricity connection.

Lesson for us – one can never be too careful! Clear and honest communication is key.


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