• 2 Million signatures across Europe

    The national branches of the right2water.eu campaign have handed in the signatures collected to the respective national authorities. Now we demand the European Commission to implement the Human Right to water and sanitation in European Union basic legislation.
  • Struggle for water is struggle for democracy

    As thousands of water specialists gather in Stockholm for World Water Week, there will be a lot of discussions around technical and efficient delivery of water but too few conversations on the nature of water as a public and democratic good.
  • Remunicipalisation

    After decades of failed water privatisation, cities like Paris are starting to bring water back into public hands. Download this free 'must-read' book for policy makers and activists looking to democratise water services.
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    Putting Water Back into Public Hands

    An inspiring video animation about how cities are reversing water privatisation to regain public control.
  • Reclaiming Public Water book

    The groundbreaking book on how reformed public water services can achieve the goal of delivering water for all. Includes additional new chapters.

Water Justice project, run jointly by TNI and Corporate European Observatory is engaged in the work of building viable alternatives to water privatisation, focused on how to reform public water systems in order to make the human right to water a reality for everyone. Read more about this project

Articles

Forced Privatizations in Greece

Olivier Petitjean
The Greek government and its creditors seem bent on imposing policy whose economic merits and democratic legitimacy seem rather dubious. A French company is especially active among the candidates for privatizing water in Athens and Thessaloniki: Suez Environnement.
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All for one and one for all

An inspiring story of how women in a poor neighbourhood of Cochabamba, Bolivia used partnership and collaboration to provide water services when state, local governments and the private sector failed to deliver.

Global public water alliance must not be allowed to evaporate

David McDonald
A UN-founded organisation devoted to defending public water services needs to resolve internal tensions if it is to stay afloat

Publications

Reorienting Development: State-owned Enterprises in Latin America and the World

Sebastian Torres
Reorienting Development analyses what the nature, advantages, limitations and challenges of public companies are. It also offers new theoretical and conceptual insights on the nature and roles of the state and the controversial meanings of development.

Privatising Europe

Joseph Zacune
This working paper and infographic provide an overview of  a great ‘fire sale’ of public services and national assets across Europe that is providing profits for a few transnational companies but is often fiercely opposed by its citizens.

The Global Water Grab: A Primer

Water grabbing refers to situations where powerful actors take control of valuable water resources  for their own benefit, depriving local communities whose livelihoods often depend on these resources and ecosystems.

Events

April 2014

Putting Public in Public Services

A 3 day conference gathering people working to promote progressive public services. Daniel Chavez will launch the new book Reorienting Development: State-Owned Enterprises in Latin America andthe World
November 2013

Rescuing water in Catalonia

Platform Aigua és Vida and Reclaiming Public Water network invite you to learn more about the growing international trend towards remunicipalizing water, and what can be done to bring water services back into public hands in Catalonia.
November 2013

Strategy meeting on the Future of Public Water

This meeting will be an opportunity for strategising between public water operators, civil society, trade unions and researchers, within and associated with the Reclaiming Public Water Network. The aim is to strengthen the global coalition for democratic public water provision. 

News

Mirjam van Reisen benoemd tot nieuw bestuurslid Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken (AIV)

3 May 2013
Net voor haar abdicatie heeft Koningin Beatrix Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen beëdigd als bestuurslid Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken (AIV) en daarbinnen voorzitter Commissie Ontwikkelingssamenwerking; het instituut dat de regering en de Staten-Generaal adviseert over het buitenlandse beleid.

Our Democracy instead of Their Austerity

13 November 2012
We call for a European permanent mobilization to support the fights against the crisis and build a future for everyone in Europe and in the world.

Final Declaration 9th Asia- Europe People’s Forum

23 October 2012
Over 1,000 women and men, representing people’s organisations and citizens from Asia and Europe joined together at the 9th Asia Europe People’s Forum under the title “People’s Solidarity against Poverty and for Sustainable Development: Challenging Unjust and Unequal Development, Building States of Citizens forCitizens”