Water Justice

Water Justice

Springs of Hope: Defending, Reclaiming and Redefining Public Water

Mary Ann Manahan, Focus on the Global South
March 2012

For the last decade, the water justice movements from around the world have been struggling against the privatization and commercialization of water. But the big challenge for the movements is always to be one step ahead of the privateers. 

Municipal Services Project Workshop

February 2012

Three sessions deal with firstly the findings of the new book on ‘alternatives to privatization’, then a participatory workshop that explores how researchers and activists can join forces, thirdly the review of five recent case studies on the transfer of water services from private companies to municipal authorities, and that remunicipalisation shows that public can outperform private worldwide.

Public-public partnerships: strengthening public water and implementing the human right to water

February 2012

This workshop provides an opportunity to share diverse experiences with not-for-profit water partnerships, which have achieved very different results compared to Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and privatization. These partnerships are described as public-public partnerships, public-community partnerships and water operators partnerships (WOPs), but are all not-for-profit and based on solidarity. Highlighting the role of communities, trade unions and public operators, this workshop aims to exchange lessons and challenges in such partnerships.

Public water models: ensuring universal access, strengthening and building democratic public water systems

February 2012

This workshop will discuss why and how public water models ensure universal access, as well as equitable and environmentally-sound water provision. Public water operator(s), citizen associations, and trade unions will present how democratic, social, and participatory models can be developed from a diversity of perspective and under diverse conditions. To deepen discussions, we will focus on: 1.How to challenge concrete threats undermining public water, and 2.Financing of public water

the Alternative World Water Forum (FAME)

February 2012

United under the slogan 'Water is life, Not for Profit' 2000 people ended The Alternative World Water Forum (FAME) in Marseilles on 17th March with a protest march. TNI together with Reclaiming Public Water Network partners actively engaged in FAME and contributed to the collective achievement.

Book Launch: Alternatives to privatisation – public services for the future

February 2012

Those who oppose the privatisation of public services are often confronted with the objection of 'no alternative'. However over the last decade, initiatives around the world to democratise public services and ensure equal access for all, resulted in interesting successful alternatives in practice. Two new books, co-published by TNI and the Municipal Services Project, show a wide range of alternatives in the form of successful, non-commercialised public services in health, water, sanitation and electricity.

World Water Forum attendance down as activists ramp up

February 2012

Critics of the triennial World Water Forum are encouraged by the failure on the part of forum organizers to attract large numbers to this year's event taking place March 12-17 in Marseille.

Citizens’ participation is key for water efficiency

February 2012

Active citizens’ participation in water and sanitation initiatives is crucial to ensure sustainable improvements in water services for the poorest. Experiences from Tanzania, Spain, India and Uruguay show how citizen and labour participation can transform public services.

Revival of the public water sector

October 2011

As Amsterdam hosts its first International Water Week, TNI and its allies will be actively promoting Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) between public water utilities as the best means to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

600.000 new water connections due to Asian WOPs

September 2011

Stockholm Water Week included a whole day of seminars with a
regional focus and I opted to attend 'Eye on Asia: Partnerships for
Water: How Can Asia Do More?'