New Connectivities: Civil Society, the ‘Third Sector’ and Dilemmas for Socially and Economically Sustainable Healthcare Delivery


Resource authors: Ming Lim et al.
Project: New connectivities: civil society, the ‘third sector’ and dilemmas for socially and economically sustainable healthcare delivery

This project aimed at better understanding the development of new forms of connectivity between health-related civil society organisations, user communities and healthcare stakeholders. Currently, there is little understanding of the strategies of civil society organisations for combining different, and often competing, social and political blueprints of their service delivery roles (Kendall 2009), how they ‘select’ sources of financing, their normative criteria for targeting specific populations (which may not fall neatly within a narrowly defined category of ‘illness’ or ‘disease’) and what input they actually have on policy-shaping and implementation. Also of concern was whether, and how, civil society groups felt they were able to innovate and achieve their transformational potential in a new marketised landscape of healthcare provision and delivery (Ashton, 2010; Dickinson and Miller, 2011). Relatedly, the research sought to discover how these objectives might affect the expression of ‘social compassion’ among civil service groups and, if it did, how the leaders of those organizations would choose to align themselves with prevailing economic, cultural and political imperatives.

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