• The Global Ocean Grab: A Primer

    In this primer the most important questions regarding the effects and mechanisms of ocean grabbing are answered. It contains all you need to know to get a good grasp of important processes and dynamics surrounding ocean grabbing.
  • 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.
  • 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

Post Privatisation Challenges of Public Water in Ghana

Leonard Shang-Quartey
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.

Remunicipalisation in Berlin after the buy-back

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.
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Booklaunch: Reorienting Development

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

Publications

The Global Water Grab: A Primer

Gloria Pracucci
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.

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.

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

Paris's return to public water supplies makes waves beyond France

8 July 2014
Paris's move to take back water supplies inspires others

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.