Open letter: support for innovative non-profit partnerships in the water sector in ACP countries

(26 November 2013) EPSU, PSI and several NGOs have written to Andris Piebalgs (EU Commissioner for Development) to express concern about the future of EU support for non-profit partnership projects in the water sector in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
There are indications that the development aid funding that was made available for public-public partnerships a few years ago, the so-called EU Water Facility, may be phased out, despite the success of the projects supported so far.

The letter calls upon Piebalgs to extend and up-scale such support in the next round of ACP-EU development aid funding.

EPSU has always promoted public-public partnerships as a means of cooperation between water operators based on not-for-profit principles and solidarity. These partnerships are an answer to the many failures of public-private partnerships, that often were no more than a privatization scheme in disguise through which multinational corporations tried to open “new markets”.
Research by PSIRU has shown the benefits of Public-public cooperation.

- Open letter

- PSIRU research

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