The Eve of De-Privatisation in Jakarta



Publication date:

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.

About the eve of de-privatisation in jakarta

Publication type

Amrta Institute for Water Literacy (Indonesia), Jakarta Water Trade Union (SP-PDAM Jakarta), Transnational Institute (TNI) and Public Services International(PSI) present the eve of de-privatisation in Jakarta series.

The Central Jakarta District Court is expected to reach a decision February 2015 on the lawsuit to challenge the legality of Jakarta water privatisation filed by the Coalition of Jakarta Residents Opposing Water Privatization (KMMSAJ). Read the article in the Jakarta Post.

We have produced these fact-sheets to highlight different angles of problems of the privatisation in Jakarta.

1. It is Time to End Water Privatisation
2. The Impact of Water Privatisation in Jakarta
3. The Unfair Cooperation Agreement on Water Privatisation
4. The Reliable Performance of Public Water Services

The privatisation of water services by two private operators started in 1998. The main purpose of privatisation was to improve water services. Private operators were given the exclusive right to deliver water services. However, after more than 15 years of privatisation, Jakarta's water services are still far from satisfactory.

Civil society groups and the water trade union strongly opposed the privatisation. Countless rallies and public discussions over the years demanded that water services be brought back into public hands. The support and solidarity from the global water justice community have been critical to sustain our mobilisation.

In 2013, then Governor of Jakarta Joko Widodo (currently President of Indonesia) promised that he would put an end to the water privatisation. Today, many cities across the planet are returning privatised water services to public management. Jakarta is currently striving to join this group and remunicipalise its water.


Published by: Public Services International (PSI), Transnational Institute (TNI), Amrta Institute for Water Literacy, and Jakarta Water Trade Union (SP-PDAM Jakarta).

Ideas into movement

Boost TNI's work

50 years. Hundreds of social struggles. Countless ideas turned into movement. 

Support us as we celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2024.

Make a donation