October 18, 2021

Challenging the private water industry: Together, we demand an end to water privatization across Africa

Protesters march during the Africa Week of Action Against Water Privatization. Credit. Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa.

Water privatizers, backed by international institutions like the World Bank, have long had their sights set on the African continent as the next market for water privatization. That’s why, in early October, we supported the mobilization of resistance across the region led by our long-time close ally Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA).

Organizing in solidarity with the newly-formed Our Water, Our Right Africa Coalition, the first-ever Africa Week of Action Against Water Privatisation featured groups from Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda coming together to escalate pressure on corporations like Veolia and Suez, as well as the international entities supporting them, to stop the push for water privatization.

They also released a report on water privatization in Africa and a position statement endorsed by more than 100 groups around the world, garnering significant media attention from journalists across the continent, as well as public support from notable public water champions such as two former U.N. special rapporteurs and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

Your support is generating visibility that will make a significant impression on governments and public officials who are charged with managing water across Africa. And as activists and organizers representing African civil society and labor take action, we hope that you’ll continue joining us in supporting these demands!

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