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  1. Wakeup call for the European Commission in its failed power grab over local services

    Olivier Hoedeman
    04 November 2020
    Article

    An outcry from city governments has helped shelve the European Commission’s power grab over services. The Commission has failed to install a Services Notification Procedure, which would have given it advance veto power over new laws by regional and local governments, and could have further limited local democratic initiatives in areas as varied as affordable housing, energy supply and waste management. The Commission should learn its lesson and support municipalities to enact social and environmental measures, respect their democratic right to regulate, and roll back obstacles that prioritise corporate interests over local residents.

  2. Municipalize Europe! Transformative municipalities, the corona crisis recovery and the European Green Deal

    05 November 2020

    Municipalize Europe! is a unique opportunity to learn about the efforts of transformative cities during the COVID-19 crisis and the solutions that they are putting on the agenda for the social and economic recovery. This one day online event on 5 November is split into four sessions, please register below for each session you wish to attend. There will be simultaneous translation available in English, French and Spanish.

  3. Jakarta citizens' final challenge in the Supreme Court

    30 May 2016
    Declaration

    International Water Justice community sent the petition to the Supreme Court of Indonesia.  Residents of Jakarta filed a citizen lawsuit against water privatisation in Jakarta at Central Jakarta District Court in November 2012. They argued in the lawsuit that water privatisation failed to fulfil the residents’ access to safe water, caused a series of corruptions and financial harm to the public budgets. In March 2015, the court ruled in favour of the residents, annulling the contract agreement with two private water operators. It was a significant victory of people. The decision, however, was challenged by these private companies and other defendants.  Unfortunately the residents lost in the High Court in February 2016.  Jakarta people decided to challenge the High Court ruling at the Supreme Court.

  4. World Water Forum needs to be more than just a trade show for privatisation

    Satoko Kishimoto
    17 April 2015
    Article

    With inequality blunting progress on the human right to water, countries must stop lining the pockets of private firms at the expense of ordinary people.

  5. Barcelona reorganises public services in the people's interest

    David Hall
    14 February 2017
    Article

    Spain maybe on the edge of a remunicipalisation renaissance, with all the relevant legal, financial and technical issues attracting surprisingly intense interest throughout the state. These trends in Spain provide inspiring examples for other countries too, in Europe and worldwide. On 1st December Barcelona City Council organised a remarkable conference on the topic.

  6. Fair, Clean and Democratic Energy: mPOWER meets Municipalize Europe!

    06 November 2018

    In a Europe governed in the interests of the few, where the far right is on the rise, towns and cities are building new ways to do politics and defend the common good from the bottom up. In Spain, 'cities of change' are combating speculation and defending the right to housing. In Italy, local governments are creating new legal mechanisms to protect the urban commons, and cities across Europe are taking energy and water delivery back into public hands after failed privatisations. Municipalism is transforming Europe from the bottom up.

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    Strengthening public water in Africa

    • Samir Bensaid
    02 August 2011
    Paper

    While both North–South partnerships and SouthSouth Partnerships have strengths and limitations, linking these in networked models is an effective way to mobilise expertise and funding and achieve success.

  8. Remunicipalisation

    • Olivier Hoedeman, Satoko Kishimoto, Martin Pigeon
    15 March 2013
    Book

    After decades of failed water privatisation, cities like Paris are starting to bring water back into public hands. Download this free 'must-read' book for policy makers and activists looking to democratise water services.

  9. Our Public Water Future

    • Satoko Kishimoto, Emanuele Lobina, Olivier Petitjean
    03 April 2015
    Book

    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.

  10. Turin: The long march towards water remunicipalisation

    Mariangela Rosolen
    24 January 2018
    Article

    On 9 October 2017, the Turin City Council turned back privatisation and took another step towards the remunicipalisation of its metropolitan water system. And so the city entered the next phase of its long march towards water sovereignty, begun in the aftermath of the Second World War on the ruins of a town half-destroyed by allied bombing and by Nazi/Fascist retaliations against the democratic popular resistance.

  11. Learning from the past: Public finance and democratic control are key to achieving the SDGs

    Satoko Kishimoto, David Boys
    15 July 2015
    Article

    The question of how to finance water and sanitation is crucial. Leading international institutions emphasise the role of private finance despite major concerns. The idea that private finance can bring the needed investment is remarkably persistent in global policy circles and leads to a dangerous lack of attention to the far more realistic option of mobilising public finance for infrastructure to provide essential services for all.

  12. Consolidation of the public water movement in Spain

    Red Agua Pública/Public Water network
    05 December 2016
    Article

    The first CITIES FOR PUBLIC WATER MEETING took place on 3rd and 4th November, 2016 in Madrid, convened by La Red Agua Pública/the Public Water network in collaboration with the Municipal Council of Madrid. The event can be considered a milestone in the public water movement as it has strengthened the alliance of different actors involved in the defence of the public management of water, from a perspective of common good and human rights and will permit a closer collaboration with municipal councils and other public institutions (universities, professional colleges, cultural entities, etc.) in the future.

  13. Reclaiming Public Services

    • Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean, Lavinia Steinfort
    23 June 2017
    Report

    Reclaiming Public Services  is vital reading for anyone interested in the future of local, democratic services like energy, water and health care.  This is an in-depth world tour of new initiatives in public ownership and the variety of approaches to deprivatisation. 

  14. The Future is Public

    03 December 2019
    Report

    The Future is Public report is about more than just numbers. A growing international movement is building democratic public services for the social, ecological and economic challenges of our time.

  15. 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.

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    Reforming public water services

    • Satoko Kishimoto
    01 June 2009
    Primer

    Q and As on why reforming public water services is the best way to deliver clean water to all.

  17. The meaning, relevance and scope of energy democracy

    Daniel Chavez
    09 October 2015
    Article

    What does the concept of energy democracy offer to the struggle against climate change and energy poverty?

  18. The Future is Public

    12 May 2020
    Book

    Resistance to privatisation has turned into a powerful force for change. (Re)municipalisation refers to the reclaiming of public ownership of services as well as the creation of new public services. In recent years, our research has identified more than 1,400 successful (re)municipalisation cases involving more than 2,400 cities in 58 countries around the world. 

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