• Jakarta Court cancels World's biggest Water Privat...

    The Central Jakarta District Court on 24 March annulled the water privatisation contracts of Suez (PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya – Palyja) and Aetra, finding that the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) were negligent in fulfilling the human right to water for Jakarta’s residents.
  • Our Public Water Future

    Privatisation on the backfoot as new book shows that the growing wave of cities putting water back under public control has now spread to 37 countries impacting 100 million people.
  • The mirage of public-private water

    Public-private partnerships were heralded as a solution to the millions who still lack access to water, but after two decades the evidence is in: they have failed. An unprecedented surge of cities is now bringing water back under public control.
  • 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.

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

World Water Day Statement 2015

We commemorate World Water Day 2015 by celebrating the struggles and victories of the global water justice movements. These achievements are a testament to the strength of our ties of solidarity and the resolve of communities to protect watersheds and maintain control over water services.
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Public and Community Partnership in the Americas

A Uruguayan public utility and union has joined up community-based water managers in Bolivia and Colombia in order to strengthen public and communitarian management of water and stop privatisation.

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.”
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Publications

The Eve of De-Privatisation in Jakarta

Jakarta is currently striving to join many cities around the world and remunicipalising its water. A series of fact-sheets that outline how and why water privatisation failed and the potential for a renewed effective public service.

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.
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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

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.

OP-ED: Citizens Mobilize to Resist Undemocratic Corporate Water Grabs

11 February 2015
On Feb. 5, New Jersey became the latest state to subvert democracy by authorizing the fast-track sale or lease of water utilities without public notice, comment, or approval. The controversial decision highlights the intensifying struggle over who owns, controls, and profits from the most precious - and threatened - resource on Earth.

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.
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