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quango

(kwang'gō),
A committee wholly or partially supported by government funds in which some members are appointed by government and others by nongovernmental agencies or organizations; the committee functions as a nongovernmental organization rather than as an arm of government. System used primarily in U.K.
[quasi-non-governmental organization]

quango

A type of non-governmental, “arm’s-length” organisation, devised in 1967 by the Carnegie Foundation’s Alan Pifer in an essay on independence and accountability in public-funded bodies incorporated in the private sector. Such organisations would perform governmental functions at a distance—at a so-called “arm’s length”, i.e., without stringent oversight by Whitehall and central government.
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It is time to reconsider the structure of government support for our tourism industry and assess whether leadership should be provided in-house by the Welsh Government or whether a new independent arm's length body might be best-placed to sell Wales.
and innovative institutional response from the Welsh Government and some form of arm's length body will be required to spearhead it.
It didn't take much foresight to see that the civil service culture - a culture that extols process over outcome and compliance over performance - would render the new system more risk-averse and less innovative than an arm's length body like the WDA.