Water Justice

Water Justice

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. 

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

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