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  1. The future for democratic public water: resistance and alternatives

    Satoko Kishimoto, Leandro Bonecini
    05 April 2018
    Article

    The Alternative World Water Forum - FAMA, held from March 17th to 22nd in Brasilia attracted 7,000 people from almost every state in Brazil. FAMA sent a clear message that it would not engage with the opaque 8th World Water Forum, hosted by the private think-tank World Water Council and its corporate partners. The World Water Council has fostered pro-privatisation policy debates for decades.

  2. Fighting corruption with the Water TAP plus A

    Satoko Kishimoto
    23 August 2011
    Article

    Using research, workshops and local user's committies to help tackle corruption in the governance of private and public utilities - a case study from Kenya.

  3. Jakarta Water Privatization Today: Dried Water Tap or Change

    Irfan Zamzami, Amrta Institute for Water Literacy
    28 March 2012
    Article

    With protests, rallies and petitions, the message from the public has been clear: the water service in Jakarta should be re-municipalised, to save the water system from financial ruin and the water service from a profit-oriented private sector.

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    Paris's return to public water supplies makes waves beyond France

    08 July 2014
    In the media

    Paris's move to take back water supplies inspires others

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    Interview with Luis Padron about the public-public partnership for improving water supply in Huancayo, Peru

    11 August 2007
    Article

    The ground-breaking new Public-Public Partnership (PUP) between the Argentinean public water utility Aguas Bonaerenses S.A. (ABSA) and SEDAM, the provincial water utility of Huancayo (Peru) is an important example of the growing trend of not-for-profit cooperation between public utilities from the South.

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    Video: Through the Empty Tap - Water Privatisation in Jakarta

    21 March 2011
    Multi-media

    The experience of water privatisation in Jakarta (Indonesia) shows that private investments are not the answer to fulfill the human right to water.

  7. Prospects of Quito's Public Water and Sanitation Company's Compliance with the Human Right to Water

    Juan Carlos Romero
    06 September 2014
    Article

    The 2008 Constitution of Ecuador enshrines the rights of nature and the human right to water. Juan Carlos Romero, former official at the water public utility EPMAPS, argues that guaranteeing the human right to water is not only about providing a service, but also requires mainstreaming environmental, social, financial and political sustainability into the company's activities.

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    Citizen-Controlled Water Supply Systems

    Ambe J. Njoh
    17 July 2012
    Article

    The Bonadikombo water supply project exemplifies participatory planning in action. It shows how the various aspects of participation elaborated in participatory planning theory play out in practice by using elements of enlistment, cooperation and consultation.

  9. Locals plug leaks as Nigeria’s supply woes continue

    18 May 2015
    In the media

    Business Day Live - IT IS 8am as Hassan Abdullahi lugs his handcart loaded with six jerrycans of water up the slope to God’s Grace Calabar Kitchen. This is his third trip from a private water tap to his major customer.

  10. Investors requested to withdraw bids for Thessaloniki

    25 July 2013
    Article

    (Press release: 24 July 2013) A large group of Greek, European and international organisations, networks and others have requested the bidders for the Thessaloniki Water and Sewage Company to withdraw their bids. They want the bidders to respect the wishes of the workers and local communities who do not want their company to be run by private operators.

  11. Putting Water Back into Public Hands

    06 March 2013
    Multi-media

    An inspiring video animation about how cities are reversing water privatisation to regain public control.

  12. Privatisation of urban water supply: The muddy picture

    29 September 2015
    In the media

    The Indian Express - The municipal body’s financial losses from water works has reportedly increased by Rs 60 crore per annum, leading to demands, from both opposition parties and the local community, for the ouster of the private player.

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  14. Nice: building a public water company after 150 years of private management

    Olivier Petitjean
    19 August 2015
    Article

    This article was written for Eau publique, eau d´avenir, published June 2015(French edition of Our Public Water Future: The Global experience with remunicipalisation) and translated into English.

    In March 2013, the councillors of Nice, the fifth largest city in France, and of the surrounding communes announced that the city’s water services would gradually shift towards public management.

  15. Brazil’s new government imposes water privatisation in Rio to pay for Olympic Games

    Martin Pigeon, Renato Cinco
    14 July 2016
    Article

    A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country's largest corporations, Brazil's “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help finance infrastructure for the 2016 Olympics – in particular for a subway line connecting the sports venues. The bailout was conditional to selling off the State's public water supply and sanitation company, the Companhia Estadual de Águas e Esgotos (Cedae)

  16. Ebb and Flow of Privatized Water – from Buenos Aires to Atlanta, from Mozambique to France

    Nick Buxton
    02 December 2014
    Article

    In May 2000, a Fortune Magazine piece claimed triumphantly that the “liquid everybody needs – and will need a lot more of in the future – is going private,” and as a result would benefit “multitudes of poor people.”

  17. 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.

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    Water to the people

    Arvind Sivaramakrishnan
    24 November 2008
    Article
  19. The politics of achieving the Right to Water

    Susan George, aleksej, Mthandeki Nhlapo, Peter Waldorff
    28 April 2011
    Article

    Privatisation offers nothing to the 43 percent of Africans in cities who have no access to water. On World Water Day 2011, experts met in Cape Town to share experiences of successful public-public partnerships for equal public access.

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