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UN poverty expert warns against tsunami of unchecked privatisation

PSI welcomes this ground-breaking new report on "Extreme poverty and Human rights" which finds that "widespread privatisation of public goods in many societies is systematically eliminating human rights protections and further marginalising those living in poverty". "This report will certainly be helpful in pushing for an open debate at the UN on the impact of privatisation and whether PPPs are truly fit for purpose" says PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli.

A project to facilitate greater of the private sector in development initiatives

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to launch a project to facilitate greater of the private sector in development initiatives. “The Project on Public Private Innovation will feature a Data Analytics Hub which will quantify Private Sector contributions to Bangladesh’s Social, Economic and Environmental development. The 2017 pilot will be funded by the UNDP Bangkok Regional Bureau for Asia-Pacific.” However, as the Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 reports (p. 73), research from Dhaka, Bangladesh and Jakarta, Indonesia shows that privatization “has increased the physical and emotional burden placed on women slum dwellers in those cities.”

Source: Prothom Alo

PPP: Corporations divert UN agenda, claims civil society report

New York, 13 July 2017: Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), usually portrayed as a useful tool towards sustainable development, actually “involve disproportionate risks and costs for people and the public purse”, claims a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions in the Spotlight Report 2017 launched earlier this week.

Source: PSI

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