The Municipal Services Project (MSP) is a research project that explores alternatives to the privatization and commercialization of service provision in electricity, health, water and sanitation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is composed of academics, labour unions, non-governmental organizations, social movements and activists from around the globe who are committed to analyzing successful alternative service delivery models to under- stand the conditions required for their sustainability and reproducibility.
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This paper seeks to record and critically analyze the context and practical experience of labour- community alliances to oppose privatization and promote public services, as they have evolved in South Africa since 1994. In doing so, it poses and attempts to answer three key questions: What are the key factors behind the rise and then decline of labour-community alliances from the early 1980s to the present? What kinds of alliances presently exist? What can be done to reclaim and rebuild alliances?
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Also see the book on Rethinking Corporatization and Public Services in the Global South