Indian NGO Manthan Adhyayan Kendra has updated its book Water: Private, Limited. Covering developments since 2002, the book states, “until a few years back the World Bank and other international donor agencies were promoting privatisation as ‘the magic potion’. Now there is a more defensive language on privatisation. However, it would be wrong to see in this a rejection or reversal of the privatisation process.” In the Bank’s strategies for India, it finds pressure for private sector participation and commodification of the right to water. It calls for alternatives such as public sector reform and recognition of the fundamental right to water.
After 4 years of on-off negotiation and public opposition, the government of Egypt has signed a loan deal with the IMF whose impacts civil society fears will encroach upon human rights, social protection and social provision, like health and education, upon which the poorest depend.
Investments by the World Bank-hosted Global Financing Facility (GFF) do not reflect the family planning priorities identified by developing countries and local communities. The GFF also continues to suffer from a lack of transparency and meaningful civil society participation, raising doubts about the new mechanism’s effectiveness.
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