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Conferencia 2014

Poniendo lo público en los servicios públicos:
Investigación, acción y equidad en el Sur global

Conferencia internacional
13-16 de abril de 2014 – Ciudad del Cabo, Sudáfrica

OBJECTIVOS

La conferencia reunió a investigadores, activistas, representantes de sindicatos, políticos y profesionales del desarrollo de todo el mundo que trabajan para promover unos servicios públicos progresistas, con énfasis en temas de salud, agua y electricidad. Fue más allá de la mera crítica a la privatización y resaltó alternativas prometedoras (del pasado, presente y futuro), haciendo avanzar nuestra comprensión conceptual y metodológica del surgimiento de opiniones y prácticas públicas, su constitución, y su posible sostenimiento.

Aunque no puede haber una definición universal de ‘público’o), la conferencia buscó mejorar el diálogo y expandir las redes globales sobre alternativas públicas, con un enfoque en Asia, África y Latinoamérica. La conferencia ofreció alternativas prácticas y ayudó a hacer avanzar distintos debates sobre los servicios públicos en Sudáfrica.

PROGRAMA

El programa completo de la conferencia está abajo y en versión PDF (en inglés). Las poniencias se pueden descargar y los videos de las presentaciones se pueden encontrar en YouTube siguiendo los enlaces abajo.

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