The impact of PPPs on gender equality and women's rights
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Public services play a pivotal role in the pursuit of gender equality, and the increasing use of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in their provision has set off alarm bells for many women’s rights advocates. Proponents of PPPs argue they are an efficient way to fund the services and infrastructure that governments could otherwise not afford to provide. But critics raise concerns that PPPs will provide poorer quality services and drain governments of resources, with little evidence of the promised efficiency gains beyond those created by user fees or cuts in labor costs. The promotion of PPPs is instead seen as the latest way in which private corporations are expanding their reach and revenue as part of a broader agenda of the privatization and deregulation of public services.
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