Thursday, February 27, 2014

WHO and commercial interests

Apparently the World Health Organization has an explicit policy that it will only enter into formal relations with NGOs if they are not fronts for commercial entities.  I think that is a great policy, and admirable in this day of uncritical trust in public-private partnerships.  Here is an article about the difficulty the WHO has in weeding out NGOs that are in fact front groups for private companies, from legitimate organizations working for a nonprofit purpose.

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