I felt the need to put the following statement from Irish Aid’s policy on civil society, beside a sample service level agreement which the HSE signs with those organisations it funds.

“In the past, civil society organisations often established parallel service delivery functions and tried to replace the role of the state in service delivery. The limitations of this approach are now widely recognised and civil society organisations now tend to seek a complementary role in service delivery, combining service delivery with advocacy  for improved responses from the state” (Irish Aid, 2006: 8)

“The organization must not use the grant for…(b) campaigns whose primary purpose is to obtain changes in the law or related government policies, or campaigns whose primary purpose is to persuade people to adopt a particular point of view on a question of public policy…” (Section 2.8, Standard Service Level Agreement between the HSE and civil society organisations)