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quango

an acronym derived from the term 'quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation'. It was the name used for a public body established and financed by government but which was still (ostensibly) independent of the government. Such organisations are now known as non-departmental government bodies which acknowledges their role in the processes of government while clarifying that they do not belong to or function under the authority of any government department.