Alternatives to Water Privatisation

22 January 2007 - Event
22 January 2007 to 24 January 2007

1. Reclaiming Public Water! Improving water supply through democratisation and Public-Public Partnerships
Date: Monday, 22 January
Time: First Period (8:30 to 11:00am)
Venue: Room 3IN (Lower access gate)

Co-organised by National Coalition Against the Privatization of Water (CAP), Ghana, Council of Canadians, World Development Movement, Public Services International, Corporate Europe Observatory, Transnational Institute, France Libertés, Engineers Withour Borders Cataluanya and others.

The seminar will present a range of experiences from Africa and elsewhere with improving public water delivery through democratisation and other progressive reforms. Another major focus will be how to unlock the potential of Public-Public Partnerships in accelerating improvements in access to clean water and sanitation.

Chair: Vicky Cann (World Development Movement, UK)


  • Abu O. Alhassan (Savelugu Water Board, Ghana): the experiences with community controlled water management and public-community partnership in the town of Savelugu.
  • Peter Werikhe (Public Employees Union, Uganda) on the reform experiences of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation.
  • Mussa Billegeya (TANGO, Tanzania) about the failed privatisation in Dar es Salaam and options for improving the performance of public water operator DAWASCO.
  • Carlos Pedro Bastos (Vice-President of ASSEMAE, Brazil): democratisation of water management in the municipality Santo Andre and elsewhere in Brazil.
  • David Boys (Public Services International): Public-Utility Partnerships (PUPs) and the new UN Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs) initiative.

2. Rural water challenges
Date: Tuesday, 23 January
Time: Second Period (11:30am to 2:00pm)
Venue: Room 4IN (Upper access gate)

SEMINARCo-organised by Ghana CAP, Council of Canadians, Corporate Europe Observatory, Transnational Institute, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Engineers Withour Borders Cataluanya and others.

Through presentations on community-managed water systems and other forms of public management in rural areas, the seminar will assess the challenges in rural drinking water supply and sanitation systems in Africa and elsewhere, and explore ways forward. The seminar aims to develop an action plan for advancing the democratisation of rural water management.

Chair: Olivier Hoedeman, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO).


3. Group name: African Water Network
Planned date: 24 January

Group Description: NCAP (Ghana), South African Coalition Against Water Privatisation(South Africa), Council of Canadians, France Libertes, Food and Water Watch (US), World Development Movement (UK), CEO and TNI

This workshop aims to launch an African Water Network of activist in African countries and share experience in the struggle against water privatisation and building people's alternatives. A series of sessions are being organized through an international participatory process and we ultimately aim to make a contribution to the development and existence of the African Water Network.

Workshop will have a couple of speakers and will have a lot of time to discuss among participants initial strategies and activities of African Water Network.

Audience estimation:101-200 people

Participatory process:

The international committee (comprising representatives from Ghana, South Africa, Canada, US and elsewhere) were formed to prepare water activities in Nairobi collectively. Through organising series of activities, we aim to launch African Water Network inviting as many as African water activists to work together beyond Nairobi to fight against corporate privatisation agendas and to promote people-centred alternatives.

Possible partners: Sustainable Development Institute(Liberia), APDC (Association pour la De'fense des Consommateurs)(Cameroon), Friends of the Earth Togo, Savelegu Water Board(Ghana), National Society for Human Rights(Namibia), Bread of Life Development Foundation(Nigeria), Campaign for Good Governance(Sierra Leone), Tanzania Water and Sanitation NGO(Tanzania),Consumer First Network(Kenya), CCFMC KISUMU(Kenya)