There is significant variability
in the quality and scope of non-state services. There is no reason
why non-constituent civil society organizations (i.e. those without
a membership base), or NGOS, should be any more accountable to
the population than private sector organizations. They may in
fact be more accountable to the international funding agencies
that resource them.
Gilson et al. (1994), quoted in Robinson
& White (1997), conclude that some NGOs have a long-term
and sustained comparative advantage in providing health services
in the areas where they are able to:
- perform better
- access resources not available
- meet a need not currently
met (such as in improving coverage or tapping community potentials).