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Title:The age of commodity: water privatization in Southern Africa
Editors:MacDonald, David A.ISNI
Ruiters, GregISNI
Year:2005
Pages:303
Language:English
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Earthscan
ISBN:1844071359; 1844071340
Geographic terms:Ghana
South Africa
Namibia
Zimbabwe
Zambia
Subjects:water supply
privatization
Abstract:As globalization and market liberalization march forward unabated the global commons continue to be commodified and privatized at a rapid pace. In this global process, the ownership, sale and supply of water is increasingly a flashpoint for debates and conflict over privatization, and nowhere is the debate more advanced or acute than in southern Africa. This book provides an overview of the debates over water in the region, including a conceptual overview of water 'privatization,' how it relates to human rights, macro-economic policy and international trade agreements. The book then presents case studies of important water privatization initiatives in South Africa, the southern African region (Harare, Lusaka, Namibia), and Ghana, drawing out crucial themes common to water privatization debates around the world including corruption, gender equity and donor conditionalities. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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