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Privatisation of water services, helpful or hopeless?

The business as usual approach for water and sewerage service provision will not allow us to serve all people of the world with safe water. That was a conclusion of the International Water Decade. Since that time, many new and revived approaches have been tried in order to improve the performance of the sector. One, which has become popular, is "privatisation". Quite often, however, one gets the impression that not all who use the term thoroughly comprehend what it implies. This paper investigates the positive and negative consequences of giving the responsibility for service provision to "market forces" or selling publicly owned assets to national and international enterprises.

TitlePrivatisation of water services, helpful or hopeless?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsWihuri, H.
Pagination2 p.
Date Published2002-06-01
PublisherIRC
Place PublishedDelft, The Netherlands
Keywordsgovernment organizations, legislation, partnerships, policies, private sector, sdiman, sdipol, sewerage, water supply
Abstract

The business as usual approach for water and sewerage service provision will not allow us to serve all people of the world with safe water. That was a conclusion of the International Water Decade. Since that time, many new and revived approaches have been tried in order to improve the performance of the sector. One, which has become popular, is "privatisation". Quite often, however, one gets the impression that not all who use the term thoroughly comprehend what it implies. This paper investigates the positive and negative consequences of giving the responsibility for service provision to "market forces" or selling publicly owned assets to national and international enterprises.

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