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Dirty aid, dirty water

For over a decade governments and donors have forced water privatisation on developing countries as a condition of debt relief and aid. This ideological faith in the free market combined with a lack of understanding about alternative solutions has been a disaster for the world’s poor. From Bolivia to Argentina, the Philippines to Trinidad and Tobago, Tanzania to Guinea, case after case shows that privatisation does not work.

Critically, private companies have not significantly boosted the number of people connected to water. Companies are now starting to withdraw from these projects, and the international debate is finally starting to shift away from privatisation, but where is it shifting to ?

The World Development Movement’s (WDM) Dirty Aid, Dirty Water campaign explores the issues surrounding the global water crisis, asking tough questions of the existing trend towards privatisation of water services. It also calls on the UK government to stop misusing aid money to push a corporate takeover of the world’s water and to start supporting public solutions to the global water crisis.

  • Watch the video (16’49) made by the independent film maker Jo Winterburn who has documented the debate surrounding the world water crisis, interviewing grassroots campaigners and policy analysts from both the UK and across the global south.

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