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Saturday, November 01, 2003

Beethoven's sonatas helping to provide clean water
According to BBC News Online a pianist, Julian Jacobson, who played all of Beethoven's 32 sonatas in 13 hours hopes to raise £5000 for Water Aid, the UK's charity of the year...

Earth-Info.Net is very pleased to hear this news as Water Aid does excellent work providing clean water + sanitation to some of the poorest people in the world.

If you would like to find out more about what Water Aid do or why providing clean water is so important please click here.

On a more technical level you may also be interested to know that Water Aid + the Tearfund have produced an important report on the role of Private Sector Participation in the provision of water + sanitation services.

This issue is highly contentious, and the report does a good job of examining the pros and cons of involving the private sector (and of offering some much needed evidence + balance to the debate about the role of the private sector) in tackling one of the biggest challenges facing humanity.

See here for the full report entitled New rules, new roles: Does PSP benefit the Poor? The Synthesis report.

See here for a briefer executive summary of the full report which examines case studies from 10 countries and does a good job of urging decision makers to stop talking over the heads of those they wish to help.