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Whose children go to the Bridge International Academies?

ActionAid has unveiled a report on Bridge International Academies, the education privatization company, and is urging the Nigerian government to beware of the proliferation of for-profit schools. ActionAid country director, Ojobo Ode Atuluku said “policy inconsistencies and lack of an integrated national development planning framework have combined to produce the current scenario of the decay in education in general and public education in particular. The privatization of education has failed and has been shown to be unable to deliver universal access to quality functional and productive education.” [Report: Whose children go to the Bridge International Academies?]

Source: www.actionaid.org

Power sector privatisation should be reviewed

ActionAid, the international development organization, says the privatization of Nigeria’s power sector has failed and should be reviewed by the Federal Government if it wants the country to make progress in the electricity industry. Speaking at a press briefing on the state of the nation after the agency’s 9th Annual General Meeting in Abuja, “the ActionAid’s Country Director, Mrs. Ojobo Atuluku, described the privatization as an act of injustice to Nigerians by the Federal Government. She said, given the relevance of electricity to the growth of industry and sustenance and survival of the SMEs, the government can no longer abandon its responsibility of ensuring that the critical sector of power management works.”

Source: Punch Newspapers

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Tax, Education Privatization and the Right to Education: Influencing Education Financing In Ghana

This report has been commissioned by ActionAid Ghana and its main purpose is to examine education financing and the promotion of the Rights to Education (RTE) in Ghana through the provision of adequate financing to the sector. The report concludes that this can only be achieved by government fulfilling its financing commitments, compelled by citizen activism. The report outlines broader issues which must be addressed in order to achieve these rights, through legal accountability of central Government to education financing; improved quality of learning and increased resources for public schools. Ultimately, this report seeks to achieve, amongst other things, a better and fairer financing for free public education for all in Ghana.

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Running on Empty. What Business, Government and Citizens must do to confront South Africa’s water crisis.

In a new report, ActionAid South Africa takes on the issue of water pricing for private companies vs. the public. Johann Boonzaaier, chief executive manager of the Impala Water Users Association, “says privatising water is a controversial topic because access to water is a basic human right.” Emily Craven of ActionAid South Africa says “what worries us is when the monetary value is put into the equation. Because mines are the biggest polluters of the water, essentially what you would have is municipalities buying their own water from the mines that polluted it in the first place.”