A new website, launched today (Thursday 12 June), reveals how more and more water services are returning to public management, with news this month that water in the city of Paris - home to the world’s two biggest private sector water companies - is to be returned to public control .
The site (www.remunicipalisation.org) will track the “remunicipalisation” of cities, regions and entire countries around the world, providing case studies from places which have already returned to public control and information on campaigns i
Since the mid-1990s (1) , Morocco's economic and political decision-makers have pushed for the liberalisation, privatisation and the lowering of the trade barriers agenda that has been prevalent in the country since 1983. (2) Most public companies were sold.
In March 2009 the Turkish government will host the fifth World Water Forum against a backdrop of what is probably the most sweeping water privatisation programme in the world. As well as privatizing water services, the government plans to sell of rivers and lakes.
The water war in Cochabamba, Bolivia, provided some of the first shots against privatisation of water services heard around world, but necessary institutional and cultual changes, as opposed to symbolic restructuring of the board of the public service institution, have not yet happened.
Mary Ann Manahan, Nami Yamamoto, Olivier Hoedeman (eds)
Compilation of 19 new essays written by civil society activists, trade unionists and other water practitioners in Asia on the fight against water privatisation and the experiences of building progressive public alternatives.