Privatising water services? Pros and cons from the real world

December 3, 2015 | 17:30 h - 19:00 h

Our next Bonn Water Lecture will be with Manuel Schiffler, KfW Entwicklungsbank
on “Privatising water services? Pros and cons from the real world” .

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5.30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Venue: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, DIE, Tulpenfeld 6, 53133 Bonn.

About the lecture:
Private companies have been involved in the provision of drinking water services in various forms in OECD and 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) will present his empirical findings on these questions. Recently, he has published book on "Water, Politics and Money: A reality check on privatization".

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

About the Water Lecture Series: The Water Lecture series is a joint series organized by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik/German Development Institute (GDI-DIE) and the Hydrology Working Group of the Geography Department at University of Bonn).



Alma van der Veen