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[Comment] Offline: Uncivil society

What can be bad about non-governmental organisations (NGOs)? They are essential voices in a discordant global health conversation often dominated by risk-averse multilaterals, corrupt governments, and neo-colonial donors. NGOs democratise global health by rebalancing the dialogue towards those who have little or no voice. They advocate for issues too sensitive for others to mention. They are instruments for accountability. And increasingly, they deliver services that weak governments simply cannot provide.