The ISO is corrupted by feeding the management inspection cartel it spawned. It is outpaced, for example, by the open source software movement. Elsewhere some “quality” sufferers are waking up to the true nature of the hoax.
Nigel Hawkes writes in the BMJ of another world governance organisation in bureaucratic crisis:
“World Health Organization “Irrelevant” WHO outpaced by younger rivals
The World Health Organization’s critics accuse it of being bogged down in red tape and internal politics. However, attempts at reform are raising concerns over conflicts of interest. Nigel Hawkes reports
For as long as many can remember, the World Health Organization has been facing a crisis. From decade to decade, the nature of that crisis might change, but it never quite goes away.
Despite its past accomplishments, WHO fits increasingly uneasily into a world with a growing number of international players who seem fleeter of foot and deeper of pocket. Set up as an agency to provide advice to governments at a time when government health departments were the prime movers in health policy and delivery, it seems passé beside such upstarts as the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the GAVI Alliance (formerly known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization), and private philanthropies such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Setting the agenda of global health?
The existence of such organisations is a reproach to WHO, whose bureaucracy and politicisation have been increasingly bypassed by governments in the interests of getting something done. Jack C Chow, a former assistant director general of WHO, claimed last year that the organisation was becoming irrelevant. It was outmoded, underfunded, and overly politicised, he said. “WHO is no longer setting the agenda of global health; it’s struggling to keep up.” His theme was echoed this year by Barry R Bloom, professor of public health at Harvard, who pointed out that of WHO’s budget of $3.9bn (£2.4bn; €2.7bn) in 2008-9, less than $1bn came from member states’ mandatory contributions. The rest were earmarked funds provided by countries or foundations for specific projects, indicating a lack of confidence in WHO’s ability to set the right priorities if left to itself.
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BMJ 2011; 343:d5012 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d5012 (Published 9 August 2011). Cite this as: BMJ 2011; 343:d5012
See? Global governance organisations can poison themselves and wither.
Unfortunately, the quality cartel’s oppressive system of inspections (and turning colleagues into unpaid informers to conduct audits when the inspectors can’t be there) is better structured to resist this through its inbuilt marketplace coercion.
We live among a zombie populace addicted to debt.
Zombie companies that grow by asset-stripping others rather than serving customers for an acceptable profit; that serve their directors at the expense of shareholders and customers.
Broken, zombie banks kept staggering on by governments stealing more from taxpayers not even born yet.
Zombie benefits and health tourists sucking the last drops from the taxpayer….
But the inspection zombie is not unconquerable.
The ISO can go back to setting merely technical standards.
UKAS can go back to checking balance calibrations.
Workers can be left free to manage themselves.
The market will sort out how well they do that.
If the market is not allowed to, we’ll just have to wait longer for these corrupted systems to collapse more dramatically.