Water Justice

Water Justice

A critique of the Water Operators Partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean (WOP-LAC)

September 2012

This discussion paper aims to generate much-needed discussions about the experiences with Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs) projects on the ground, in this case in Latin America. The paper highlights a number of serious problems with the WOP-LAC projects, many of which are run by commercially oriented or private water operators.

Citizen-Controlled Water Supply Systems

Ambe J. Njoh
July 2012

The Bonadikombo water supply project exemplifies participatory planning in action. It shows how the various aspects of participation elaborated in participatory planning theory play out in practice by using elements of enlistment, cooperation and consultation.

Strengthening Community Water Management in Africa

Jean-Claude Magalhaes, Yves Duval and Mario Milanesi
July 2012

Over the last ten years, a successful public-public partnership has taken shape between the water users associations in a rural region of Senegal, the French city of Cherbourg-Octeville as well as several other partners including civil society groups in Senegal and Europe.

Drinking Water Protests

Abdel-Mawla Ismail
July 2012

From the second half of 2007 till January 2008, Egypt has witnessed a wave of about 40 protests· about the absence of basic rights with relation to drinking water. This shows that thirst protests or intifadas, as some people have called them, started to represent a new path for a social movement that accompanies protests to obtain bread.

Water grabbing? Focus on the (re)appropriation of finite water resources

Lyla Mehta & Gert Jan Veldwisch
June 2012

The fluid nature of water and its hydrologic complexity often obscure how water grabbing takes place and what the associated impacts on the environment and diverse social groups are.

Jakarta Water Privatization Today: Dried Water Tap or Change

By Irfan Zamzami, Amrta Institute for Water Literacy
March 2012

With protests, rallies and petitions, the message from the public has been clear: the water service in Jakarta should be re-municipalised, to save the water system from financial ruin and the water service from a profit-oriented private sector.

Future of Water Movement Session: A Summary

Mary Ann Manahan, Focus on the Global South; Gabriella Zanzanaini, Food and Water Watch; Claudia Campero, Food and Water Watch/RED VIDA
March 2012

The international water movement has been working for several years with important success in bringing solidarity to local struggles and impacting international policy. Broad consensus in significant issues has allowed good communication, support and collaborative efforts around the globe. However, the changing and challenging context compels us to go further in our coordination efforts and collaboration work.

Buying back the public, 136 euros at a time

Mary Ann Manahan, Focus on the Global South
March 2012

 “They can do whatever they want with us but that will be over our dead bodies”.

Alternatives to Privatisation

Edited by David A. McDonald & Greg Ruiters
March 2012

A book for practitioners, unionists, social movements and analysts who are seeking reliable knowledge on what kinds of public models work and their main strengths and weaknesses.

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. 

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