Privatising water services? Pros and Cons from the real world.

Water Lecture Series

Bonn, 03.12.2015


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Private companies have been involved in the provision of drinking water services in various forms in OECD and in developing countries. Are they the ‘heroes’ helping to overcome bad performance of public service providers while financing urgently needed investments in infrastructure where governments fall short? Or are they the ‘villains’ whose quest for higher profit inevitably leads to rising prices for the consumers and lacking care for water quality and infrastructure maintenance?

Drawing on a number of case studies around the world, Manuel Schiffler (KfW Entwicklungsbank) presented his empirical findings on these questions. He has recently published his book "Water, Politics and Money: A reality check on privatization".

Annabelle Houdret (German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, DIE) and Manuel Schiffler discussed the pros, cons and the future of public and private sector involvement in drinking water services.

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Datum / Uhr
03.12.2015 / 18:30 - 20:00


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Tulpenfeld 6
D-53133 Bonn


Water, Politics and Money. A Reality Check on Privatization
Schiffler, Manuel (2015)
published as eBook

About the Water Lecture Serie

The Water Lecture series is a joint series organized by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the Hydrological Research Group at the Geography Department (University of Bonn), the United Nations University (UNU) and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE )in Bonn.