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30 March 2011


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Robin Lillicrapp

This may also alter the historic outlook of local communities in their relations with NGO's and other private sector operators who formerly operated as benefactors, not contractors.

The expectations of locals may be brightened by increased access to services but skewed by traditional partisan rivalry over division of benefit.

I see this especially as Church groups attempt to disseminate aid and services. The potential for them to be diverted from primarily spiritual outlooks to a secular operation bound by administrative paradigms imposed by donor governments is high.

Much wisdom is need by donors and contracted parties to see that fundamental objectives are achieved with minimal loss of independence through overly intrusive interference.

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