Water Privatisation and Renationalisation in Bolivia: Are the Poor Better Off?

Author: Degol Hailu ,Rafael Guerreiro Osorio ,Raquel Tsukada
Thematic Area: Social Protection

Abstract:The water sector in the Bolivian cities of La Paz and El Alto was privatised between 1997 and 2005. When the concession contracts were drawn up, the government and the private company agreed explicit coverage targets. The agreement was to install 71,752 new water connections by 2001—roughly universal access in La Paz and 82 per cent coverage in El Alto. However, by 2005 the private contracts were terminated and the sector was renationalised. What happened?

Keywords:Water Privatisation, Bolivia, Poor
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