I completely understand the ethos behind not-for-profit groups, but what bothers me is the wastage involved in these projects.
It seems that throwing tax-payer money (many billions of dollars are spent every year through various government funding mechanisms), yields very little reward.
For example, the USG might fund the building of a new bridge in the recently-created republic of South Sudan. Great. Non-local contractors build a fantastic bridge to help locals get from A to B. They then leave. The locals use the bridge, but as soon as the concrete starts to decay and the bridge starts falling apart, there’s no one there to mend it.
The locals can’t afford to fix it. The local government has squandered any left over funds on first class air fares. And if they ask the USG to come back in and fix it, you have the months-long procedure of procuring funding and selecting a contractor.
So is it really worth it? I don’t have the answer. But I’d like someone to find one.