Are NGOs doing the work of the state? Should they?

People in South Africa are used to reports of organisations like Gift of the Givers stepping in during humanitarian emergencies, or service delivery NGOs helping with HIV or tuberculosis programmes. But is there not a risk of the state becoming overly dependent on NGOs, and might this not mask state failure and thereby undermine democratic accountability?

Originally published in Daily Maverick on 05 April 2023. Read the full op-ed below.

Are NGOs doing the work of the state? Should they?

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