Nathan Cooper: 'Poverty, Water and Development in the South'

June 2015

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Nathan Cooper will be presenting a paper this week at a conference on 'Poverty, Water and Development in the South' at the Universidade Federal da Integtao Latino-Americana, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil. His paper is titled 'Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink': Exploring the responses of excluded communities to Durban's neo-liberal water experiment.

It examines the challenges around achieving sustainable access to sufficient water in South Africa. It problematizes the relevant legal, regulatory and institutional provisions, and considers the degree to which these perpetuate and embed discriminatory approaches, and asymmetrical power-relations which are at once synonymous with water commodification, and antithetical to a paradigm of genuinely hydro-eco-socio-sustainable development.