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From privatisation to corporatisation and the need for a counter-strategy

This report explores the development from privatisation to corporatisation within neoliberal policy on urban water services in developing countries. The findings call for the water justice movement to update and adjust its strategy, in order to counter
the neoliberal tactical shift towards corporatisation. Corporatisation reform entails the implementation of commercial neoliberal management principles within public sector water utilities.
It argues that the strategy of the water justice movement against neoliberal water services has largely focused and concentrated its efforts on privatisation – and therefore has to direct more attention towards resisting corporatisation. This is necessary for the counter-strategy to be sufficiently up-todate, relevant and precise. The neoliberal project should not be allowed to succeed in its attempt to counter or circumvent resistance.