As with the private sector,
there are important questions about how national health priorities
and standards are maintained in non-state providers, through
regulatory, incentive, inspection and partnership systems.
In South Africa, for example,
provincial health departments subsidize NGOs to provide a service.
In so doing, they monitor and evaluate NGO performance and select
those that are best organized and have the required skills. They
aim to move towards contracts which contain service standards
and to bring in NGOs through tenders (Klugman
& McIntyre, 2000). For international NGOs, it is important
to strengthen, rather than bypass, this link between the state
and NGOs, in a manner that does not weaken the strengths or inputs