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[Correspondence] Uncivil and skewed language on civil society?

In his Offline, Richard Horton (March 12, p 1041)1 summarised comments from a forum on the role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in global health. The Offline echoed a prevalent systematic bias in the treatment of NGOs. NGOs are diverse and dynamic entities that are responsive to social, cultural, and political trends, with varying missions, foci, technical acumen, religious affiliation, experience, and quality assurance standards. The one-size-fits-all label of NGO is outdated. To tackle serious problems, we need to evolve our language, and be both more specific and more systemic.

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