The African Center for Advocacy (ACA) has been named one of the finalists for the Transformative Cities People’s Choice Award 2021-2022, joining 11 other finalists that are up for votes starting from today (October 6th, 2022) through November 6th, 2022.
ACA initiative, “Keep Water in Public Hands!” was selected for the Transformative Cities People’s Choice Award 4th edition 2021-2022 in the water category.
The Transformative Cities initiative was launched in 2019 in partnership with civil society organizations, media, labor unions and grassroots movements to stop corporate’s agenda of forcing the Cameroonian government to privatize again, the water sector.
ACA Programme Officer, Younoussa Abbosouka said: the “Keep Water in Public Hands!” initiative reinforces our argument that the Cameroonian government must not make similar mistake like in 2008, when under the pressure from the World Bank, it privatized the water sector.”
He explained that the privatization of water led to various crisis arising from rate increases, lack of public accountability and transparency, higher operating costs, poor customer service and loss of jobs.
According to him, the “Keep Water in Public Hands!” initiative is one of the 12 finalists selected because of the community buy-in and support for the cause that seeks to leave no one behind.
“The provision of decent social services by the public sector or government is at the center of the struggle for democratic control and ownership of the water sector.”
“The recognition of the Keep Water in Public Hands Campaign is an opportunity to popularize and share our fighting experiences against inequality, corporate abuse, social exclusion and the violation of the human right to water.”
To vote for the “Keep Water in Public Hands!” initiative, the public is to log-on to: https://transformativecities.org/2022award/
About African Center for Advocacy (ACA):
ACA is a non-profit organization based in Yaounde, Cameroon. We Put People First. Our mandate is to address issues related to the human right to water, climate change, health and governance.
Younoussa Abbosouka, +237657720275, firstname.lastname@example.org