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2014 Conference

Putting Public in Public Services: Research, Action and Equity in the Global South 
International Conference – Cape Town, South Africa 
April 13-16, 2014 

OBJECTIVES 
This MSP conference brought together researchers, activists, labour representatives, development practitioners and policy makers from around the world working to promote progressive public services, with an emphasis on health, water and electricity. It went beyond a mere critique of privatization to showcase promising service provision alternatives (past, present and future), pushing forward our conceptual and methodological understandings of how public attitudes and practices arise, how they are constituted, and how they might be sustained.

While there can be no universal definition of “public”, the conference aimed to improve dialogue and expand global networks on public alternatives, with a focus on Asia, Africa and Latin America. It offered practical alternatives and helped advance debates about public services in South Africa.

CALL FOR PAPERS & PANELS

You can access the original PDF call here.

PROGRAM

The full conference programme is available below and in PDF version. Conference papers can be downloaded and videos of presentations can be viewed on YouTube by clicking on the links below.

Sunday, April 13

4-5pm
Registration
5-7pm
 
OPENING RECEPTION
Drinks and light food will be served
 
 
Welcome & conference overview
 
Keynote address
 
 
David McDonald and Greg Ruiters,
Co-directors, Municipal Services Project
 
Trevor Ngwane, Univ. of Johannesburg Research Chair for Social Change (video)
 
 
Monday, April 14
 
8:30-9am
Coffee and tea
9-10:30am
 
PARALLEL SESSION 1
 
Public Finance for Public Services
 
CHAIR:
Emanuele Lobina
 
Thomas Marois (Turkey) – Reclaiming state-owned banks (video)
 
 
 
Gendering Justice in Public Alternatives
 
CHAIR:
Bipasha Baruah
 
 
 
Beyond the State
 
CHAIR:
Susan Spronk
 
 
Lisa Hanley (USA) – Public services under austerity: A critical look at the role of social enterprises in Mexico and Colombia (video)
 
Yoswa Dambisya (South Africa) – Faith-based health services in Uganda (video)
 
10:30-11am
Break
11am-12:30pm
 
PARALLEL SESSION 2
 
Legislation and Human Rights
 
CHAIR:
Mary Galvin
 
 
 
Electric Futures
 
CHAIR:
Lenny Gentle
 
 
 
Citizenship and Elected Politics
 
CHAIR:
Azwell Banda
 
 
Leila Harris (USA) – Assessing states and evaluating publics: Narratives of service delivery in Accra and Cape Town (video)
 
 
12:30-2pm
Lunch
2-3:30pm
 
PARALLEL SESSION 3
 
Public-Public Partnerships
 
CHAIR:
Qamar Mahmood
Emanuele Lobina (UK) – Institutional determinants of successful public-community partnerships (video)
 
Radicalizing Universal Health Care
 
CHAIR:
Monica Mutesa
 
 
Luis Hernandez (Mexico) – Universal health systems in Latin America: The contrasting models of Chile and Costa Rica (video)
 
 
Transforming Waste Management
 
CHAIR:
Mary Ann Manahan
Melanie Samson (South Africa) – Including the informal, transforming the public: Insights from innovations in the waste sector (video)
 
 
 
3:30-4pm
Break
4-6pm
 
PLENARY 1
 
The Future of Public Enterprises: A Global Overview
 
Keynote & Book Launches
 
David McDonald, editor of the book and co-director of the Municipal Services Project (video)
 
 
Daniel Chavez, book co-editor and Fellow at the Transnational Institute (video)
Carolina Cosse, President, ANTEL, Uruguay (video)
 
7.30pm
Group dinner (optional)

Tuesday, April 15

8:30-9am
Coffee and tea
9-10:30am
 
PARALLEL SESSION 4
 
Labour-Community Alliances
 
CHAIR:
Tengo Tengela
Madeleine Bélanger (Canada) – Public workers in defense of ‘acueductos comunitarios’ in Valle del Cauca, Colombia (video)
 
 
Michael Blake (South Africa) – Invited spaces and meaningful working class engagement in the City of Cape Town (video)
 
Democratising Public Health: Community-Based Monitoring
 
 
CHAIR:
Yoswa Dambisya
 
Abhay Shukla (India) – People are reclaiming the public health system: Community based monitoring in Maharashtra, India (video)
 
 
Environmental Justice and Public Water in South Africa
 
CHAIR:
Jessica Wilson
 
(no videos due to technical difficulties)
 
 
 
 
10:30-11am
Break
11-12:30pm
 
PARALLEL SESSION 5
 
Post-Privatization Publics
 
CHAIR:
Leonard Shang-Quartey
 
 
 
 
 
Decommodifying Public Health in South Africa
 
CHAIR:
Chris Colvin
 
 
Jane Doherty (South Africa) – The leadership role of clinical staff in district hospitals: possibilities and challenges (video)
 
 
 
Building a Global Pro-Public Movement
 
CHAIR:
Amit Sengupta
 

Mary Ann Manahan (Philippines) – From deconstruction to reconstruction: Lessons from water justice campaigns (video)

Meera Karunananthan (Canada) – Mobilizing for public control of water (video)

Louis Reynolds (South Africa) – Public meanings of Health for All (video)

12:30-2pm
Lunch
2-4pm
 
PLENARY 2
 
Post-Apartheid Publics in South Africa
 

 
Azwell Banda, National Union of Metalworkers of SA (video)
 
David Sanders, Emeritus Professor, School of Public Health, UWC (video)
 
Greg Ruiters, Professor, School of Government, UWC (video)
 
Samantha Ashman, Associate Professor of Economics, University of
Johannesburg, and Co-Director of PERSA (video)
 
Chair: Walter Theledi, General Secretary, SAMWU 
5pm
Farewell happy hour (optional)

Wednesday, April 16

9am-3pm
Field visits: Manenberg Peoples Center, Progressive Youth Movement in Khayelitsha, Hanover Park