The Municipal Services Project (MSP) is a research initiative that explores alternatives to the privatization of service provision in electricity, health, water and sanitation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is composed of academics, labour unions, non-governmental organizations, social movements and activists from around the world. The first two phases of the project focused on critiques of privatization, but we are now fully committed to analyzing public service delivery models to understand the conditions that make them successful (or not) and the conditions required for their sustainability and reproducibility.
On 15th March there will be workshops of the Municipal Services Project:
- Thursday 15 March from 10am to 12.30pm, Cabaret Rouge 1
Alternatives to Privatization and New Meanings of Public
This workshop presents the findings of our new book on ‘alternatives to privatization’. It looks at water, health care and electricity in over 40 countries in the global South and celebrates the women and men who are reinventing the meaning of ‘public’. We discuss the diversity of public models that exist, how we evaluate their ‘success’ and how they might be reproduced elsewhere.
- Thursday 15 March from 1pm to 3.30pm, Cabaret Rouge 1
Research and Activism: Together in Defense of Public Services
This participatory workshop explores how researchers and activists can join forces in the fight against privatization and the search for improved public services. Examining this relationship is critical to understanding where the movement for public services is going and how research can reinforce action.
- Thursday 15 March from 3.30pm to 6.00pm, Cabaret Rouge 1
Remunicipalisation: Putting Water Back in Public Hands
Remunicipalisation is a growing trend in the water sector. Defined as the transfer of water services from private companies to municipal authorities, remunicipalisation shows that public can outperform private worldwide. This workshop reviews five recent case studies from Argentina, Canada, France, Malaysia and Tanzania, looking at the origin of the process, the transition period, and the public phase. It offers insights into campaign strategies and lessons learned.