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[PDF] Are the debates on water privatization missing the point? Experiences from Africa, Asia and Latin America

Author: Jessica Budds, doctoral candidate in Geography & Environment at Univ. of Oxford, & Gordon McGranahan, director of Human Settlements Programme, Intl. Institute for Environment & Development, in Environment & Urbanization journal, Published on: 1 October 2003

This paper has two principal aims: first, to unravel some of the arguments mobilized in the controversial privatization debate, and second, to review the scale and nature of private sector provision of water and sanitation in Africa, Asia and Latin America… the paper is pessimistic about the role that privatization can play in achieving the Millennium Development Goals of halving the number of people without access to water and sanitation by 2015. This is...because neither publicly nor privately operated utilities are well suited to serving the majority of low-income households...and because many of the barriers to service provision in poor settlements can persist whether water and sanitation utilities are publicly or privately operated. [refers to Saur (part of Bouygues), Veolia, Thames Water (part of RWE), Suez, Aguas Argentinas (part of Suez), Aguas de Barcelona (Grupo Agbar), Biwater, Maynilad Water (part of Suez), Manila Water (joint venture Ayala, Mitsubishi Corp. & United Utilities)]

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Related companies: Aguas Argentinas (now Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos - AySA) Ayala Biwater Grupo Agbar Manila Water (joint venture Ayala, Mitsubishi Corp. & United Utilities) Mitsubishi Group RWE SAUR (part of Bouygues) Suez Thames Water (part of RWE) United Utilities Veolia (formerly Vivendi Environnement)