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Abuja Water Summit Rejects Privatisation Projects

Unions, civil society organisations and allies convened a Water Summit in Abuja on 29-30 January to call a halt to the water privatisation plans being foisted on the government of Nigeria and state governments by the World Bank, by the US Millennium Challenge Corporation and other groups ideologically committed to privatisation and market control.

Global Labour Remunicipalisation workshop

A growing body of research and documentation shows that cities, communities, and in some cases states, are increasingly bringing back public services from private to public ownership due to the failure of privatization to keep its promises in term of cost effectiveness, service quality and user access. PSI recently held a workshop bringing together trade unions and allies from around the world to share experiences of remunicipalisation and strategies for bringing public services back in-house.

Source: peopleoverprof.it

How commercial scholarly publishers put the future of scientific knowledge at risk

On Tuesday 13 November, during Education International’s 11th International Further & Higher Education & Research Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, we will be releasing our latest report produced as part of the Global Response to the growing commercialisation and privatisation of education. Democratising Knowledge: a report on the scholarly publisher, Elsevier, aims to provide the foundations for a critical study into Elsevier’s business model and practices. The study also aims at contributing to developing policy objectives relating to open public access to research and educational materials, academic freedom, researcher autonomy, and the scholarly communication system. This research will form a key part of Education International’s Global Response campaign on the commercialisation and marketisation in and of education aimed specifically at the further and higher education and research sector.

EI on the World Development Report: “One must have a vision to have hope”

Education International urges the World Bank to radically change its approach, which is damaging to workers, democracy and the future of our societies. In an open letter to Jim Yong Kim, Director of the World Bank, general secretary of Education International (EI) David Edwards raises the global union’s concern about the policy views and values contained in the Draft 2019 World Development report (WDR).

Development, Untied: Unleashing the catalytic power of Official Development Assistance through renewed action on untying

In 2015 alone, donor governments around the world spent around US$55 billion – or more than 44 per cent of Real Official Development Assistance (ODA) – on the procurement of goods and services. Such high budgets have the potential to catalyse far-reaching change in the global south. ODA procurement can build local supply chains for essential goods such as foods and medicines; it can incentivise local companies to act in equitable, socially responsible and environmentally sensitive ways; and it can start a chain reaction of local economic growth by getting vital cash into the hands of small businesses in the global south.

Source: eurodad.org

Sustainable development needs fundamental policy changes

New York, 9 July 2018: “The world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development and fundamental policy changes are necessary to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs.” Global civil society report assesses obstacles and contradictions in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This is the main message of the Spotlight Report 2018, the most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The report is launched on the opening day of the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York by a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions.

Source: www.world-psi.org

Mumbai to host Peoples' Convention on Infrastructure Financing from 21st June

Raising the serious issues of social and environmental costs in infrastructure projects, its economic burden on public and financial non-viability, the civil society organisations and social movements are set to organise a three day convention on Infrastructure Financing from June 21 – 23rd in Mumbai parallel to the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank’s third Annual Governors Meeting slated for June 25-26 in the same city. Almost 90 regional, national, and international grassroots and research organisations have come together to organise 20 workshops related to Infrastructure Financing; Development Financial Institutions; Policies and Safeguards; Urban Development; Transport; Port and Coastal Infrastructure; Energy and Energy Finance; Trade and International Financing; Water and Water Sector Reforms; Privatisation and PPPs, Gender; Social Marginalisation among other areas.

Source: http://www.uniindia.com/~/csos-to-organise-workshops-parallel-to-aiib-agm/States/news/1260675.html

A privatization push across the Middle East and North Africa will act as a siren call to investors around the world

Control Risks, a risk assessment consulting corporation, says “a privatization push across the Middle East and North Africa in 2017, including in Algeria, Egypt, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, will act as a siren call to investors around the world. As foreign companies prepare bids for new projects and tune into public debates about the benefits that privatization offers, they should closely inspect what is on offer—and from whom.”

Source: BizNis Africa

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