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  1. 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.

  2. Resistance and defence of water and territories in Brazil

    Leandro Bonecini, Satoko Kishimoto
    04 April 2018
    Article

    Nearly 7,000 people from more than 30 countries, and from almost every Brazilian state, gathered at the Alternative World Water Forum (FAMA) from 17 to 22 March 2018. The purpose of this mobilisation was to challenge the legitimacy of the World Water Forum, which is organised every three years by the private think-tank World Water Council together with its corporate partners.

  3. 10 Rousing Struggles for Public Water

    Lavinia Steinfort, Satoko Kishimoto, Denis Burke
    22 March 2017
    Article

    While water privatisation continues to be imposed throughout the world, particularly in the Global South, more and more communities are demanding public management of water and wastewater services and forcing out private actors. On World Water Day we bring you 10 inspiring stories of communities and cities working to reclaim control over this essential resource.

  4. 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.

  5. Resist and transform: the struggle for water in Greece

    Hilary Wainwright
    28 May 2013
    Article

    A combination of opposing privatisation and putting forward practical alternatives is helping water campaigners mount an effective challenge to austerity in Greece.

  6. EU Commission Forces Crisis-hit Countries to Privatise Water

    17 October 2012
    Press release

    The European Commission is deliberately promoting privatisation of water services as one of the conditions of bailouts, it acknowledged in a letter to civil society groups.

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    Alternatives to Privatisation

    • David A. McDonald, Greg Ruiters
    28 March 2012
    Book

    A book for practitioners, unionists, social movements and analysts who are seeking reliable knowledge on what kinds of public models work and their main strengths and weaknesses.

  8. 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.

  9. The social cost of private water: what are the options?

    Satoko Kishimoto, Georgi Medarov
    10 December 2015
    Multi-media

    A return to public forms of administration in water supplies is a phenomenon that has been spreading globally. Over the past 15 years almost 235 cities around the world, among them Paris, Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires and Kuala Lumpur have either terminated or have desisted from renewing the contracts with private concessionary companies. In the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and the Scandinavian countries, for example, water delivery is, by a tradition, almost 100 percent public.

  10. 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.

  11. A New Wave of Water Privatisation in Indonesia

    Irfan Zamzami
    22 December 2017
    Article

    The central government of Indonesia has repeatedly announced its intention to universalise access to clean water by 2019.  To achieve this, an estimated 27 million new connections are needed, with a major investment gap of IDR 274.8 trillion (US$20.8 billion). 

  12. EC, stop imposing privatisation of water!

    17 October 2012
    Article

    TNI and other civil society organisations, in an open letter, have denounced the European Comission's admission that it imposes water privatization conditionalities as part of its 'rescue' package to crisis countries.

  13. Forced Privatizations in Greece

    Olivier Petitjean
    01 April 2014
    Article

    The Greek government and its creditors seem bent on imposing policy whose economic merits and democratic legitimacy seem rather dubious. A French company is especially active among the candidates for privatizing water in Athens and Thessaloniki: Suez Environnement.

  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.

  15. Lagos water crisis: Alternative roadmap for water sector

    Lagos Water Crisis

    • Satoko Kishimoto, Akinbode Oluwafemi, Philip Jakpor, Susanna Bohme, Emanuele Lobina
    25 November 2016
    Report

    For nearly two years, people in Lagos, Nigeria have been mobilizing to demand a public water system that delivers clean, safe water to all residents. Today, we’re thrilled to announce the next step in the campaign: the release of “Lagos Water Crisis: Alternative roadmap for water sector.” This book lays out a vision for how the city can solve its water crisis, with specific recommendations and action steps for the Lagos government.

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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.

  17. Social justice at bay

    • Maarten Bakker, Satoko Kishimoto, Christa Nooy
    21 April 2017
    Report

    Projects protecting Jakarta against floods are likely to damage the environment and could threaten the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. The Dutch government, supporting these projects, should question how it balances its interest in supporting Dutch companies with its stated policies of sustainable and inclusive development. 

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    Managing water through participative processes: the case of Catalonia

    Jordi Pacheco i Canals
    24 September 2008
    Article

    Carlos, who is 13 years od, has left his house to go fishing. Not far away, there is a reservoir where he spends long hours watching the birds nest while he waits to catch a fish or two.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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