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Oxfam report on provision of health, education, water services says companies have role to play but should not be substitute for govts.

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1 September 2006

In the Public Interest

Author: Oxfam

Our special report, In the Public Interest outlines what governments, rich and poor need to do to reach the Millennium Development Goals and address the chronic inequalities of access to public services in poor countries...Oxfam is calling for:...six million more teachers, nurses, and doctors worldwide...; No fees...; Public not private - Civil society organisations and private companies can play a crucial role but they must be properly regulated and integrated into strong public systems, and not seen as substitutes for them. Only governments have the capacity to deliver on the scale required.

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1 September 2006

[PDF] full report: "In the Public Interest - Health, Education, and Water and Sanitation for All"

Author: Oxfam

[scroll to pg. 59 for Chapter 4: "Rich country governments: pushing for private provision, and breaking aid promises"]...instead of using their influence to revitalise public services, rich country governments too often push private sector solutions to public service failures, despite the evidence that this does not work...This chapter briefly reviews the evidence on private provision, and explores the role of rich country governments, the World Bank, and the IMF. [refers to Biwater, Suez, Edison, Bechtel]

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