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138 groups urge rich countries to pull the plug on World Bank’s push for water privatisation

Author: World Development Movement on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory, FIVAS, Friends of the Earth Intl., Transnational Institute, Published on: 15 May 2007

Over 130 groups from 48 countries will today [15 May] call on donor governments and agencies to abandon support for the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), a highly controversial element of the World Bank’s water privatisation agenda. The call comes a week ahead of a crucial meeting of the 13 donors to PPIAF... Earlier this year, the Norwegian government stated that it will not support PPIAF in the future as it no longer believes it is increasing access to water for the poor. In the letter to PPIAF’s remaining donors,...campaigners say: “The evidence shows that the private sector has shown a great reluctance to commit finance to connecting the poorest people to clean, affordable water…. Our conclusion is that aid could be better spent and we ask donors to withdraw this funding accordingly.”

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