Samir Bensaid is author of the new chapter addition to the collaborative book project "Reclaiming Public Water"- part of TNI's Water Justice programme - which brings experience and insight from Morocco and Mauritania.
In the last 15 years there have been at least 180 cases of water remunicipalisation in 35 countries, both in the global North and South, including high profile cases in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.
Satoko Kishimoto, Philipp Terhorst, David Hall, Emanuele Lobina, Violeta Corral, Olivier Hoedeman, Martin Pigeon
19 March 2009
Out of sight of many global policy-makers, a growing number of public sector water companies have been engaged, in a great variety of ways, in helping others develop the capacity to be effective and accountable public services.
While both North–South partnerships and SouthSouth Partnerships have strengths and limitations, linking these in networked models is an effective way to mobilise expertise and funding and achieve success.
An inspiring story of how women in a poor neighbourhood of Cochabamba, Bolivia used partnership and collaboration to provide water services when state, local governments and the private sector failed to deliver.
GWOPA brings together public water operators, trade unions, workers and civil society on a platform to discuss, learn and develop model practices for the provision of fair and equal access to public water.
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.
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.
Over the last ten years, a successful public-public partnership has taken shape between the water users associations in a rural region of Senegal, the French city of Cherbourg-Octeville as well as several other partners including civil society groups in Senegal and Europe.
This discussion paper aims to generate much-needed discussions about the experiences with Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs) projects on the ground, in this case in Latin America. The paper highlights a number of serious problems with the WOP-LAC projects, many of which are run by commercially oriented or private water operators.
Instead of an ideological obsession with illusory private sector ‘solutions’, the international community would do better to support socially ambitious public operators working together in partnership with other public utilities.
TNI joined several NGOs and trade unions in calling on Andris Piebalgs (EU Commissioner for Development) to increase EU support for non-profit partnership water projects in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. These projects have proved to be highly successful but funding is under threat.