The OECD have produced a handbook on contracting out government services in post conflict and fragile situations but are there any organisations offering long term technical assistance to countries to help guide them through this process?
This helpdesk response concludes that there are a large number of consulting firms that could provide long term technical assistance to countries considering contracting out government health services. Comments from specialists about this issue can be found in Section 5 and provide a very useful overview of the situation. A list of organisations providing this form of technical assistance is provided in Section 3.
The main mandate of the Partnership of Democratic Governance, OECD was to set up a “help desk” for post-conflict and fragile countries to implement innovative service delivery mechanisms, including contracting out. Interventions were meant to last for a few years and then be handed back to the national government of the fragile states. However, this closed in June 2011 and the niche the PDG filled as a neutral broker, direct advisor and a source of comparative knowledge remains to be filled by the donor community.
Holley, C. Helpdesk Report: Contracting Out Government Health Services. Human Development Resource Centre, UK (2011) 7 pp.