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Open letter to European World Bank Executive Directors on WBG promotion of public-private partnerships

Added 08 Jan 2020
Wednesday, 8 January 2019 Eurodad, along with 34 other CSO organisations, have today sent an open letter to the European World Bank Executive Directors (EDs) regarding the WBG's promotion of public-private partnerships (PPPs).

In the letter, the signatories call on the European EDs to "bear a particular responsibility to ensure that the PPP model, that has proved so problematic in Europe and other countries from the global north, is not exported to other countries."

Specifically, Eurodad and the other signatories urge them to work with World Bank management to:
  • Develop and open for public consultation the necessary tools to assess thoroughly the private versus the public options for financing and delivery of public goods and services, including considerations around development additionality, equity, human rights and value for money.
  • In regard to education, we urge the Bank to stop promoting and financing market-oriented education PPPs and focus on expanding quality public schooling as a human right for all.
  • With regard to health, we urge the Bank to stop promoting market-based approaches to reach Universal Health Coverage. Instead, the WB should work with countries to strengthen national health systems that are publicly financed and delivered, which has proven to be key in addressing socio-economic and gender inequalities in healthcare access.
Read the full letter here