Our most recent animation video asks: Are public services still public?

© Dent de Cuir 2015

Questioning corporatization

The creation of arm's-length public utilities has become a worldwide trend. Is this a positive development in the struggle for equitable services? Or a slippery slope toward privatization?

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Our research explores public health system alternatives for more equitable outcomes. © Dent de Cuir 2013
From private coverage to public care
– rather than the private sellout of health systems – - See more at: http://municipalservicesproject.org/public-finance#sthash.U2RUfxkG.dpuf
The universal health coverage agenda opens the door for privatization of public health systems in the global South. Re-imagining public health care is the way forward.
 

 

Our video looks at the challenges and benefits of reclaiming public water in Buenos Aires and Paris. © Dent de Cuir 2013
Water remunicipalisation works!

After the failures of privatization, municipalities worldwide are taking back public control of their water systems and democratizing services

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What's New

February 27, 2015
Servicios públicos en el Sur Global: Mirada crítica a nuevas formas de gestión. Publicado en febrero de 2015 por Clave Intelectual, el libro ya está disponible en edición digital para comprar en línea.
February 19, 2015
Innovative financial schemes for basic services.

MSP co-director David McDonald will present on alternatives to private, market-driven approaches to financing public services.

February 3, 2015
International seminar: Public enterprises and development. The event will allow in-depth discussion and exchange on national, regional and international experiences with public management of water, electricity, telecoms and infrastructure.

Latest Blog Post

February 5, 2015
What is corporatization? The ‘new’ look of water and power utilities. Corporatization is one of the most popular forms of the renewed interest in government ownership of utilities. Corporatized agencies are fully owned and operated by the state but have separate legal and financial status. Water and electricity utilities are common examples, but the practice extends to a much wider range of goods and services. Is this covert privatization or can this trend serve progressive goals?
October 27, 2014
Sancocho: Defending traditional water systems in Colombia. In the face of systematic dispossession, everything seems to prevent workers and communities from uniting in the global struggle for better public services: organizational culture, geographical distance, class politics. Yet last month in Antioquia, Colombia we saw the most heterogeneous group come together as one to find practical solutions to preserve ‘public’, community ownership of water.
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