Public-private partnerships: for people or profit?
Join this interactive panel discussion on 18 January 2019 in London and online, exploring the effects of privatisation on local communities and in increasing inequality.
- Date: 18 January 2019
- Time: 17:30 – 19:30
- Location: Christian Aid Forum, 35-41 Lower Marsh, London, SE1 7RL
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- Luke Espiritu (Labor Leader at the Solidarity of Filipino Workers), a special international guest from the Philippines
- Dr Wanda Wyporska (Executive Director at The Equality Trust)
- Dr Elisa Van Waeyenberge (Senior Lecturer in Economics at SOAS)
- David Hillman (Director at Stamp Out Poverty)
- Dr Matti Kohonen (Principal Adviser – Private Sector at Christian Aid)
Over the past two decades, privatisation has become increasingly embedded into public services both in the UK and across the globe, with Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) now regularly used to fund healthcare provision, transport and education and to finance the construction of schools, hospitals and prisons. PPPs tend to be expensive and produce long-term public debts.
Women, elderly people and those living in poverty rely on high-quality, publicly funded essential services to survive, and the over-use of PPPs is putting access to these at risk. When governments opt for private investment for the delivery of our essential services, inequality increases and the most vulnerable citizens are affected as a result of lacking citizen participation in their design and delivery.
Join this interactive panel discussion featuring a range of experts to discuss the effects of PPPs on local communities and the implications of the growing use of privatisation as a form of development aid, as promoted by the World Bank and the IMF.
Panellists will explore what the effects of privatisation are for inequality and consider what is the alternative to financing essential services and achieving sustainable development.