Evidence has shown the potential for specific challenges for the realisation of human rights that may arise where the private sector participates in the delivery of social services, including water services. The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples, Rodolfo Stavenhagen, concluded that the privatisation of water was among the factors contributing to the growth of social and economic inequality among indigenous communities.

Our work so far has focused on unpacking the human rights framework applicable to the involvement of private actors in water, building on our experience in education and health.