RIGHT TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES & NATURAL RESOURCES
In Essential Services and Natural Resources at Risk: Selected Cases of Water Privatization in Asia, JSPMDD looks into the experiences of six countries – Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Philippines – in privatizing the water industry.
In Essential Services and Natural Resources at Risk: Selected Cases of Power Privatization in Asia, JSAPMDD looks into the experiences of nine countries – Bangladesh, India, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the Philippines – in privatizing the electricity industry.
Water, especially freshwater, is fundamental to life. Access to water is a human right. It is fundamental to survival but also to a quality of life that is humane, healthy and sustainable. Water use should be understood not only in terms of urban water consumption or piped-in water services but also as it applies to farming communities and water-dependent communities.
Energy, or access to electricity, has now evolved as one of the essentials for a decent and modern standard of living. Our basic rights are now, in one way or another, connected to the quality of life brought about by electricity; it helps towards the progress, development and even realization of our rights to education, health, among other things.