Public Services & Democracy Articles & Videos

Dilma Rousseff has a Second Chance to invigorate Brazil’s Foreign Policy

4 November 2014
Article

The South American giant needs to live up to its ideals on the global stage, and civil society activists have a role to play

Podemos and the new political practices

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6 October 2014
Multimedia

What are the reasons for the success of Podemos, its implications for Spanish and European politics and is it possible to imagine a similar development in the Netherlands?

The tragedy of the private

29 August 2014
Article

Throughout the world, public service workers, alongside their fellow community members, are not only defending public services but also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to people’s needs and desires.

How the government is smothering dissident NGOs

23 June 2014
Article

Muzzling NGOs is unbecoming of a democracy. Self-confident democracies encourage, indeed applaud, the involvement of citizens’ associations, including NGOs, in social and political decision-making and development planning. Instead, our paranoid government bullies and terrorises them

Remunicipalisation in Berlin after the buy-back

23 June 2014
Article

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

23 June 2014
Leonard Shang-Quartey
Article

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.

Booklaunch: Reorienting Development

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20 June 2014
Multimedia

State ownership and management as a development strategy in Latin America are resurging following the failure of privatisation in service delivery.

Latin America's social experiments in public electricity

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20 June 2014
Multimedia

Daniel Chavez at the Municipal Services Project Conference in April 2014 in Cape Town.

Assessing the UN Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance

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20 June 2014
Multimedia

Satoko Kishimoto at the Municipal Services Project Conference in April 2014 in Cape Town.

Network movements and the new ‛social atmosphere’

10 June 2014
Bernardo Gutiérrez
Article

New forms of social mobilisation by networked movements have created a new "social atmosphere" that is already having an irreversible impact on other more traditional social and political actors and their practices.