World Bank Quietly Funding Massive Corporate Water Grab


Billions have been spent allowing
corporations to profit from public water sources even though water
privatization has been an epic failure in Latin America, Southeast Asia,
North America, Africa and everywhere else it’s been tried. But don’t
tell that to controversial loan-sharks at the World Bank. Last month, its private-sector funding arm International Finance Corporation (IFC) quietly dropped a cool 100 million euros ($139 million US) on Veolia Voda, the Eastern European subsidiary of Veolia, the world’s largest private water corporation. Its latest target? Privatization of Eastern Europe’s water resources.

has made it clear that their business model is based on maximizing
profits, not long-term investment,” Joby Gelbspan, senior program
coordinator for private-sector watchdog Corporate Accountability International,
told AlterNet. “Both the World Bank and the transnational water
companies like Veolia have clearly acknowledged they don’t want to
invest in the infrastructure necessary to improve water access in
Eastern Europe. That’s why this 100 million euro investment in Veolia
Voda by the World Bank’s private investment arm over the summer is so
alarming. It’s further evidence that the World Bank remains committed to
water privatization, despite all evidence that this approach will not
solve the world’s water crisis.”

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About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.