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    Booting Corporate Power, Communities Are Taking Back Control of Their Water

    Andrea Germanos
    20 April 2015
    In the media

    Common Dreams - New research puts spotlight on 'story that's crying to be told.'

  2. The mirage of public-private water

    Satoko Kishimoto
    14 April 2015
    Article

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Jakarta Court cancels World's biggest Water Privatisation after 18 year Failure

    25 March 2015
    Press release

    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.

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    How Civil Society helped block World Bank to privatise water

    Ben Ezeamalu
    19 February 2015
    In the media

    The Premium Times - 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.

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    Water and Power: Are public services still public?

    11 February 2015
    Multi-media

    Public water and electricity are back in vogue. Yet many state-owned utilities are now undergoing €œcorporatisation€: they have legal autonomy and manage their own finances. Is this a positive development in the struggle for equitable public services? Or a slippery slope toward privatization?

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    Water privatisation: a worldwide failure?

    John Vidal
    03 February 2015
    In the media

    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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    The Eve of De-Privatisation in Jakarta

    14 January 2015
    Report

    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.

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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

  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.

  17. 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.

  18. Putting Public in Public Services

    13 April 2014 - Event
  19. Reorienting Development: State-owned Enterprises in Latin America and the World

    02 April 2014
    Book

    Reorienting Development analyses what the nature, advantages, limitations and challenges of public companies are. It also offers new theoretical and conceptual insights on the nature and roles of the state and the controversial meanings of development.

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