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.
>> Luke Espiritu (Labor Leader at the Solidarity of Filipino Workers), a special international guest from the Philippines
>> 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)
This event will be chaired by Dr Wanda Wyporska (Executive Director at The Equality Trust)
// GENERAL DETAILS //
Date: Friday 18th January
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Christian Aid Forum, 35-41 Lower Marsh, London, SE1 7RL
The event is free and open to all - no need to sign up, just turn up! Nibbles and drinks will be provided.
This event is funded by the European Union and takes place on the first day of the Fight Inequality Alliance’s global week of action, which is bringing together communities across the world to call out corporate greed and demand an end to the global crisis of inequality.
See the full details and sign up on Facebook.