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Hi John, I suggest it depends on the nature and value of the work, location, local custom, and your experience with the available contractors. In general it is much more important to have a contract which is properly understood by the contractor and which they are likely to observe, than one which is legally comprehensive and watertight. In general an NGO is unlikely to resort to legal action so apparently tight conditions are likely to be meaningless. So I believe a concise, plain language, simple contract is the most effective with the work well defined in scope, time and quality, milestone payments, and the basic ‘what ifs’ covered - e.g. changes to the work, delays, unforeseen events etc. The important thing is to choose a contractor you believe can get the job done, and you trust to do so, then talk through the contract with the contractor in detail before signing, with practical illustrations of the various sections so that they and you fully understand what is being agreed and believe you can both do your part. Frankly, without capability and commitment, you’re not going to get what you want whatever the contract says. As a reference I believe NEC is the best for ideas. Good luck!