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About Us

The Municipal Services Project (MSP) is a global research network that explores alternatives to the privatization and commercialization of service provision in electricity, health, water and sanitation. Much of our work has been on Africa, Asia and Latin America, but we have also been engaged in research in Europe and North America.

The first two phases of the project (2000-2007) focused on critiques of privatization, while the latest phase (2008-2014) focused on analyzing successful public service delivery models to understand the conditions required for their sustainability and reproducibility (learn more about Our Objectives).

The MSP is composed of academics, labour unions, non-governmental organizations, social movements and activists from around the globe. It is coordinated by a Steering Committee of project partners worldwide, with the majority of funding in the past coming from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).