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How Civil Society helped block World Bank to privatise water

19 February 2015
The announcement sent a collective sigh of relief to the water corporation staff and civil society activists. After months of negotiation on how to privatize the water supply in Lagos, between the World Bank and the Lagos Water Corporation, the bank has called off the talks.

Water privatisation: a worldwide failure?

3 February 2015
Lagos is among the many cities in the global south where investment in water supplies is desperately needed, yet there is no consensus on whether the answer lies with private management, the public sector, or a combination of both.

Rights groups urge ASEAN to break silence on enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone

15 December 2014
On the second anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, rights groups firmly condemn the Lao government’s ongoing refusal to provide any information regarding Sombath’s fate or whereabouts.

Gestion de l'eau : le secteur public gagne du terrain

27 November 2014
La remunicipalisation de l’eau est un phénomène global et en plein essor. Plus de 180 villes et collectivités de 35 pays ont repris au privé le contrôle de leurs services d'eau, relève un rapport publié jeudi.

Plus de 180 villes du monde ont tourné la page de la privatisation de l’eau

27 November 2014
Au moins 180 villes de 35 pays ont choisi ces dernières années de reprendre le contrôle de leur eau et de mettre fin aux contrats qui les liaient à des entreprises comme Suez et Veolia.

Soaring bills see privatised water services handed back to public sector - report

13 November 2014
Soaring water bills, a lack of transparency and under investment have persuaded governments worldwide to give back control of privatised water services to the public sector, according to a report released on Thursday.

Hamburg at Forefront of Global Drive to reverse Privatisation of City Services

12 November 2014
German municipality to buy back utility grids after referendum vote to end private ownership of gas and electricity networks

Bens comuns: da privatização à democracia real

2 September 2014
Estudo revela: multiplicam-se iniciativas que mobilizam inteligência social para gerir serviços públicos, livrando-os da burocracia estatista e dos riscos de mercantilização

It's time to revive public ownership and the common good

3 July 2014
Despite its dire record, privatisation is rarely questioned. We must push for our shared interests to take precedence

Renowned political activist Susan George to deliver the 2013 Ted Wheelwright Lecture

28 August 2013
One of the world's leading political thinkers and human rights activists, Susan George, will speak out against the growing influence of "illegitimate corporate power" in a keynote address at the University of Sydney this Thursday 29 August.
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