Keeping Water Out Of Private Hands

Rudolf Amenga-Etego wants to make it affordable for all

Rudolf Amenga-Etego is no stranger to conflict. As a college student in the early 1980s, Amenga-Etego protested Ghana's military rule; government officials threw him in prison and threatened to execute him. A sympathetic army captain helped him escape. These days he's fighting global institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The subject of his protests: water.

Amenga-Etego became interested in water in 1999 when a group of his neighbors in the capital, Accra, complained that their water was cut off after rates nearly doubled and they fell behind in their payments. Backed by the World Bank and...

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