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Searching for the nexus: The meme edition

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A meme posted on social media about the "nexus" policy in international aid.
A meme posted on social media about the "nexus" policy in international aid. (Anonymous)
Searching for the nexus

The nexus, if nothing else, is the aid worker jargon that spawned 1,000 memes. Well, a dozen good ones, anyway.

Aid workers can have a sceptical, at times cynical, streak, as well as a taste for dark humour. And the nexus has proved to be full of inspiration for meme producers in the aid community. There’s even an Instagram account devoted to them.

Most of the creators we contacted asked to remain anonymous.

Here's our selection.

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