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  1. Rights groups urge ASEAN to break silence on enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone

    15 December 2014
    Declaration

    On the second anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, rights groups firmly condemn the Lao government’s ongoing refusal to provide any information regarding Sombath’s fate or whereabouts.

  2. Flower seed

    Fair, Green and Global

    Profile

    The Fair Green and Global (FGG) alliance is an alliance of six civil society organisations. Both ENDS is the lead agency, and other member organisations are: ActionAid, Clean Clothes Campaign, Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands), SOMO and Transnational Institute.

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    Gestion de l'eau : le secteur public gagne du terrain

    Jean Michel Gradt
    27 November 2014
    In the media
    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.

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    Plus de 180 villes du monde ont tourné la page de la privatisation de l’eau

    27 November 2014
    In the media

    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.

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    Soaring bills see privatised water services handed back to public sector - report

    Kieran Guilbert
    13 November 2014
    In the media

    Soaring water bills, a lack of transparency and under investment have persuaded governments worldwide to give back control of privatised water services to the public sector, according to a report released on Thursday.

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    Hamburg at Forefront of Global Drive to reverse Privatisation of City Services

    Claire Provost, Matt Kennard
    12 November 2014
    In the media

    German municipality to buy back utility grids after referendum vote to end private ownership of gas and electricity networks

  7. Dilma Rousseff has a Second Chance to invigorate Brazil’s Foreign Policy

    Gonzalo Berrón, Bianca Suyama
    04 November 2014
    Article

    The South American giant needs to live up to its ideals on the global stage, and civil society activists have a role to play

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    Podemos and the new political practices

    07 October 2014
    Multi-media

    What are the reasons for the success of Podemos, its implications for Spanish and European politics and is it possible to imagine a similar development in the Netherlands?

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    Bens comuns: da privatização à democracia real

    Ladislau Dowbor
    03 September 2014
    In the media

    Estudo revela: multiplicam-se iniciativas que mobilizam inteligência social para gerir serviços públicos, livrando-os da burocracia estatista e dos riscos de mercantilização

  10. The tragedy of the private

    Hilary Wainwright
    29 August 2014
    Article

    Throughout the world, public service workers, alongside their fellow community members, are not only defending public services but also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to people’s needs and desires.

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    It's time to revive public ownership and the common good

    04 July 2014
    In the media

    Despite its dire record, privatisation is rarely questioned. We must push for our shared interests to take precedence

  12. How the government is smothering dissident NGOs

    Praful Bidwai
    23 June 2014
    Article

    Muzzling NGOs is unbecoming of a democracy. Self-confident democracies encourage, indeed applaud, the involvement of citizens’ associations, including NGOs, in social and political decision-making and development planning. Instead, our paranoid government bullies and terrorises them

  13. Remunicipalisation in Berlin after the buy-back

    Philipp Terhorst
    23 June 2014
    Article

    The largest Public-Private Partnership in water sector in Germany ended in 2013 after the longstanding social mobilisation. Remunicipalisation cost a high price for the city of Berlin though. Berliners have striven for new challenges.

  14. Post Privatisation Challenges of Public Water in Ghana

    Leonard Shang-Quartey
    23 June 2014
    Article

    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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    Assessing the UN Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance

    Satoko Kishimoto
    20 June 2014
    Multi-media

    Satoko Kishimoto at the Municipal Services Project Conference in April 2014 in Cape Town.

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    Latin America's social experiments in public electricity

    20 June 2014
    Multi-media

    Daniel Chavez at the Municipal Services Project Conference in April 2014 in Cape Town.

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    Booklaunch: Reorienting Development

    20 June 2014
    Multi-media

    State ownership and management as a development strategy in Latin America are resurging following the failure of privatisation in service delivery.

  18. Thessaloniki, Greece: Struggling against water privatisation in times of crisis

    Lavinia Steinfort
    03 June 2014
    Article

    Already subjected to the consequences of the European and Greek debt crisis and the resulting austerity measures, privatisation will continue to hit Thessaloniki hard. In a referendum the people voted overwhelmingly against water privatisation. While their struggle continues, they look upon the crisis as an opportunity to intensify the search for democratic alternatives.

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