• Remunicipalisation Tracker

    The Remunicipalisation Tracker documents more than 45 showcases of cities, regions and countries that have rolled back privatisation and embarked on securing public water for all that need it.
  • Here to stay: Water remunicipalisation as a global tren...

    In the last 15 years there have been at least 180 cases of water remunicipalisation in 35 countries, both in the global North and South, including high profile cases in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa
  • 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.
  • Putting Water Back into Public Hands

    An inspiring video animation about how cities are reversing water privatisation to regain public control.

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

Ebb and Flow of Privatized Water – from Buenos Aires to Atlanta, from Mozambique to France

In May 2000, a Fortune Magazine piece claimed triumphantly that the “liquid everybody needs – and will need a lot more of in the future – is going private,” and as a result would benefit “multitudes of poor people.”

Prospects of Quito's Public Water and Sanitation Company's Compliance with the Human Right to Water

Juan Carlos Romero
The 2008 Constitution of Ecuador enshrines the rights of nature and the human right to water. Juan Carlos Romero, former official at the water public utility EPMAPS, argues that guaranteeing the human right to water is not only about providing a service, but also requires mainstreaming environmental, social, financial and political sustainability into the company's activities.

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.
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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.

The Global Ocean Grab: A Primer

Carsten Pedersen, Ricarda Reuter, Mads Christian Barbesgaard
This primer unveils a new wave of ocean grabbing, answering the most important questions about the mechanisms that facilitate it and the impacts on people and the environment.

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.
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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. 
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News

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.

180 cities take back public control of water showing remunicipalisation is here to stay

13 November 2014
More than 180 cities and communities in 35 countries have taken back control of their water services in the last 15 years, a new report released today by the Transnational Institute (TNI), Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) and the Multinational Observatory reveals.
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