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BELTRAN Elizabeth Peredo

Water, privatization and conflict

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> April 2004, Fundación Solon, 54 p., (pdf)

An analysis of the role of women in the struggle against water privatisation, with a focus on the events in the Cochabamba Valley, Bolivia, where the community was able to kick out the private water company Betchel. « In both city and rural areas, women are at the heart of managing water for their communities (...) In a district where water is scarce, women have been forced to develop strategies to provide water for daily life. Women are the ones who get up at 3 or 4am to collect water from the water truck. In rural areas, women have also played an increasing role in constructing and maintaining the over 200 local and communal safe drinking water systems as well as the irrigation systems. »

The report looks at the context and nature of the privatisation deal between Betchel and Bolivia, along with the role of the IDB, IMF and World Bank, before focusing on the impact this had on women.

date of on-line publication : 5 December 2005

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