The consultancy conundrum

India’s rapid development needs help, but are the consultants value for money or just cashing in on another big project?

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China’s concern over data security, geopolitical tensions, and regulatory changes pose challenges for businesses dealing with competing compliance demands.

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There is no question that we need a more active, creative and capable public service. To do that education and research in the area needs urgent attention.

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The use of consultants in the public service has gone too far, but reform shouldn’t wind back the clock for answers. The challenge is to get the balance right.

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As the climate crisis unfolds, the big consultancy firms are attempting to offer advice to government and the major polluters.

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Conflicts of interest, poor culture, and lack of transparency in the consulting industry cost the public billions and hollowed out public institutions.

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In the absence of any specialist government department to deal with specific emergencies such as COVID, politicians tend to spend big on consultants.

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Private consultancy companies have governments addicted to their services and the bill continues to balloon year on year as the ties that bind get tighter.

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