A trade unionism able to facilitate and express the practical knowledge of its members, as workers and as citizens, is critical to the renewal of public services and for confronting a global politics of austerity.
The EU's announced fund of 40 million Euros to support “non-profit partnerships” of water and sanitation utilities in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific is the latest evidence that the corporate push for water privatisation has been forced on to the back foot.
PSIRU at the University of Greenwich has created the www.acp-eu-waterpartnerships.org website help water utilities, local authorities and civil society organisations access and use EU aid to build not-for-profit ACP-EU water partnerships.
The President of Paris' remunicipalised water utility tells the inspiring story of how water was taken back into public hands, and why this has prompted a major expansion in reinvestment, public participation, and international solidarity cooperation.
This year's Madrid summit marks a key milestone in the ongoing development of the Enlazando Alternativas network for both highlighting EU complicity with human rights and environmental abuses and highlighting the real alternatives offered by social movements of integration and development that respect the rights of people, communities, and protect the environment.
The Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT) will convene in Madrid (14-17 May 2010) as part of the Fourth Peoples' Alternatives Summit - Enlazandos Alternativas 4 (EA4) - in parallel to the EU's trade negotiations with Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations.
An open letter by around 30 civil society organisations and trade unions calls on the European Commission to assess how public-public partnerships can become a cross-cutting priority in all EU development aid programs for the water sector.
An international seminar of the Reclaiming Public Water Network brought together participants from more than 30 countries, who shared knowledge and experiences about how to improve water provision through the democratization of water management.
The Reclaiming Public Water (RPW) Network held its first global strategy seminar since the network was launched in autumn 2005. See the inspiring and informative video debate amongst global social movement leaders as they assess progress and challenges in the dynamic international movement to reclaim Public Water.
The video shows the journey that the Change Management Group (CMG) of Water and Food sector officials and local communities have taken to democratise the water sector and work towards collaborative community water management. Today, their work continues, involving more and more
actors and participants.