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Title:The Politics of Urban Water Reform in Ghana
Author:Whitfield, Lindsay
Year:2006
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:33
Issue:109
Period:September
Pages:425-448
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:privatization
political conflicts
water supply
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Politics and Government
Urbanization and Migration
Development and Technology
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240601000812
Abstract:The nature of representative democracy in African countries and the performance of their democratic governments must be understood and evaluated within the context of the foreign aid regime. Private sector involvement in the provision of water services is advocated by all major international lending agencies and most bilateral donor agencies. In 1994, the government of Ghana decided to pursue private sector participation in the context of the global push for water privatization. This paper examines the government's plan for urban water privatization and the public debate and opposition that it continues to generate. It shows that, in this story of water privatization, Ghanaian citizens are bargaining for greater accountability of public management and transparency in government. Donors, through the nature of their involvement in policymaking processes and public debate, obstruct those bargaining efforts. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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