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  1. World Social Forum 2013

    25 March 2013 - Event
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    OP-ED: Citizens Mobilize to Resist Undemocratic Corporate Water Grabs

    Victoria Collier
    11 February 2015
    In the media

    Huntington News - On Feb. 5, New Jersey became the latest state to subvert democracy by authorizing the fast-track sale or lease of water utilities without public notice, comment, or approval. The controversial decision highlights the intensifying struggle over who owns, controls, and profits from the most precious - and threatened - resource on Earth.

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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.

  4. Reversing the Tide: Cities and Countries Are Rebelling Against Water Privatization, and Winning

    25 September 2015
    In the media

    Thruthout - Private companies have been working to make a profit from water since the 1600s, when the first water companies were established in England and Wales. The first wave of water privatization occurred in the 1800s, and by the mid- to late-19th century, privately owned water utilities were common in Europe, the United States and Latin America, and began to appear in Africa and Asia.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Privatising Europe

    • Joseph Zacune
    13 March 2013
    Paper

    This working paper and infographic provide an overview of  a great ‘fire sale’ of public services and national assets across Europe that is providing profits for a few transnational companies but is often fiercely opposed by its citizens.

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    Public Management Success in Rio Grande do Sul

    Dieter Wartchow
    01 May 2002
    Article
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    Porto Alegre in Cannes

    Car los Atílio T odeschini -DMAE General Director
    23 June 2003
    Article
  12. 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.

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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.

  14. 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.

  15. Japan’s role in global water: big choice ahead

    Satoko Kishimoto
    30 August 2011
    Article

    Japanese water companies should avoid investing in for-profit water service ventures abroad, and should focus on non-profit, public-public partnerships instead.

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    Workshop: Water Privatisation & Struggles in Asia – in search of alternatives

    People’s Forum on ADB, Kyoto, Japan
    06 May 2007
    Article
  17. Pro-poor water management: community participation and ownership

    Satoko Kishimoto
    24 August 2011
    Article

    ‘Pro-poor urban water provision’ was a big theme at World Water Week in Stockholm this year. But what is pro-poor water provision, in practice?

  18. 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.

  19. Reclaiming Public Water book

    • Brid Brennan, Olivier Hoedeman, Philipp Terhorst, Satoko Kishimoto, Belén Balanyá
    09 March 2007
    Book

    The groundbreaking book on how reformed public water services can achieve the goal of delivering water for all. Includes additional new chapters.

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