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VOICE has started a campaign against the privatization of essential services such as health, education and especially water. World Bank and IMF structural adjustment programmes have pressured the government into cutting spending in these sectors, to the detriment of people of Bangladesh, especially in the middle- and lower- income groups. We are advocating for increased and sustained spending in these sectors, especially if debt cancellation were to occur.
We are particularly interested in the fundamental right to water as a common resource and not as an economic good. The ADB is currently proposing to commercialize the water sector, and have even conducted studies claiming that the poor are ready to buy water. We are actively campaigning against this. Bangladesh, as a nation of rivers, should not have to pay for water.