The debate over the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and its impact on the provision of water is highly controversial. Both sides have overstated its impact on the provision of water services in the developing world. GATS will not transform the prospects of those who currently lack access to safe drinking water by facilitating a huge growth in international private sector investment in the water sector. But nor will the withdrawal of water services from GATS negotiations do much by itself to address poor people's lack of access to safe drinking water, particularly in the poorest rural and urban areas.
This report from ippr's high level summit in March 2005 explores the legitimate concerns on this issue and suggests practical ways forward.
Health leaders, charities, experts and campaigners urge Chancellor to take action on ‘concerning’ state of UK health to deliver prosperity at Spring BudgetLeading health voices have written to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to urge him to deliver a bold strategy to transform UK health and deliver nationwide prosperity.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.