Water Justice

Water Justice

Remunicipalisation Tracker

September 2014

The Remunicipalisation Tracker documents more than 45 showcases of cities, regions and countries that have rolled back privatisation and embarked on securing public water for all that need it.

Reclaiming Public Water book

Belén Balanyá
March 2007

The groundbreaking book on how reformed public water services can achieve the goal of delivering water for all. Includes additional new chapters.

Prospects of Quito's Public Water and Sanitation Company's Compliance with the Human Right to Water

Juan Carlos Romero
September 2014

The 2008 Constitution of Ecuador enshrines the rights of nature and the human right to water. Juan Carlos Romero, former official at the water public utility EPMAPS, argues that guaranteeing the human right to water is not only about providing a service, but also requires mainstreaming environmental, social, financial and political sustainability into the company's activities.

The Global Water Grab: A Primer

Gloria Pracucci
August 2014

Water grabbing refers to situations where powerful actors take control of valuable water resources  for their own benefit, depriving local communities whose livelihoods often depend on these resources and ecosystems.

Remunicipalisation in Berlin after the buy-back

June 2014

The largest Public-Private Partnership in water sector in Germany ended in 2013 after the longstanding social mobilisation. Remunicipalisation cost a high price for the city of Berlin though. Berliners have striven for new challenges.

Post Privatisation Challenges of Public Water in Ghana

Leonard Shang-Quartey
June 2014

Despite large aid support, Ghana's privatised water utility AVRL consistently failed to meet its contractual commitments.  Water is now back in state hands,  but it will need increased investment and a vigilant civil society to deliver the services Ghanaians need.

Thessaloniki, Greece: Struggling against water privatisation in times of crisis

Lavinia Steinfort
June 2014

Already subjected to the consequences of the European and Greek debt crisis and the resulting austerity measures, privatisation will continue to hit Thessaloniki hard. In a referendum the people voted overwhelmingly against water privatisation. While their struggle continues, they look upon the crisis as an opportunity to intensify the search for democratic alternatives.

Remunicipalisation in the water sector: an unstoppable wave

December 2013

Water remunicipalisation is a growing trend across the world.

Open letter: EU must continue support for innovative non-profit partnerships

November 2013

TNI joined several NGOs and trade unions in calling on Andris Piebalgs (EU Commissioner for Development) to increase EU support for non-profit partnership water projects in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. These projects have proved to be highly successful but funding is under threat.

Bern the first Blue Community in Europe

September 2013

Social justice, environmental, and labour organizations in Europe are applauding the city of Bern for taking a bold new step to protect water as a commons.