Briefing Note on Privatization and Public-Private Partnerships


This briefing note outlines the human rights implications of privatisation policies, with a focus on their impact on the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights. It highlights public-private partnerships as a key instrument being promoted by international financial and political institutions, as part of a broader trend towards increased privatization of public assets and services. It focuses on the privatization of public services and natural or common resources, including land, and considers accountability gaps associated with such practices.  

Also included is a selection of resources that are helpful for understanding the human rights impacts of privatisation policies and public-private partnerships, as well as the broader political and economic context.

This briefing note was originally developed in August 2016, following a mapping of ESCR-Net members focused on economic policy and human rights in 2015-2016 and reflects one of the key themes identified by members for further analysis and potential collective action.

View the complete paper here.

Developed thanks to the collective work of ESCR-Net Members
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