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authors > Jim Shultz

The Right to Water Fulfilling the Promise

> A chapter from "Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Latin America: From Theory to Practice" (...)

How can we bridge the staggering gap between the declaration of water as a human right and the actual achievement of its fulfilment? Furthermore, what kinds of public policies - global, national and local - will we make sure that those promises are kept? These are the questions the Jim Shultz asks, through his study of how to expand access to water and sanitation and who should pay for it. Following the example of the revolt in Bolivia against water privatisation, the author underlines the flaws he perceives in the theology of privatisation as a means of advancing rights. The article goes on to consider what alternatives exist for financing the provision of clean water and what reforms are necessary to ensure the transparency of these systems.  read

date of on-line publication : 8 November 2005

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