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  1. Video: Reclaiming Public Services

    23 June 2017
    Multi-media

    All over the world, people are taking essential services back into public hands while privatisations are failing. Public Services should be run for people, not profit.

     

  2. Own the Future: Public ownership in the 21st century

    20 June 2016
    Multi-media

    We Own It organised the conference Own the Future: Public ownership in the 21st Century on 7th May, 2016 in London. A group of innovative, inspiring individuals gathered to start imagining the public ownership of the future: A vision for 2030 and a roadmap to get there. They tackled the key issues - robots, big data, power, space - and made a conscious effort to embrace the future.
     

     

  3. 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.

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    Water and Power: Are public services still public?

    11 February 2015
    Multi-media

    Public water and electricity are back in vogue. Yet many state-owned utilities are now undergoing €œcorporatisation€: they have legal autonomy and manage their own finances. Is this a positive development in the struggle for equitable public services? Or a slippery slope toward privatization?

  5. Public and Community Partnership in the Americas

    28 January 2015
    Multi-media

    A Uruguayan public utility and union has joined up community-based water managers in Bolivia and Colombia in order to strengthen public and communitarian management of water and stop privatisation.

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    Assessing the UN Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance

    Satoko Kishimoto
    20 June 2014
    Multi-media

    Satoko Kishimoto at the Municipal Services Project Conference in April 2014 in Cape Town.

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    Latin America's social experiments in public electricity

    20 June 2014
    Multi-media

    Daniel Chavez at the Municipal Services Project Conference in April 2014 in Cape Town.

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    All for one and one for all

    04 February 2014
    Multi-media

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. The global resource grab

    Jun Borras, Maryann Manahan, Yao Graham
    30 June 2011
    Multi-media

    Worsening climate change and the emergence of new economic powers is leading to a renewed scramble for resources, with negative consequences for many impoverished communities.

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    Water Grabbing

    Maryann Manahan
    30 June 2011
    Multi-media

    With hedge funds making bids for melting glaciers, there is a danger at a time of multiple crises of a renewed push for commodification of water that will affect those who can't pay.

  12. The Way Forward - Voices from the Global Water Operator Partnership Alliance

    20 April 2011
    Multi-media

    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.

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    Video: Water Union Rally in Jakarta - December 2010

    21 March 2011
    Multi-media

    In December 2010, hundreds of water union workers in Jakarta (Indonesia) protested against the privatisation of water services in the city.

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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.

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    Urgent action: Support the Human Right to Water

    27 July 2010
    Multi-media

    On Wednesday 28 July, the UN will vote on an historic resolution affirming the human right to water. But a powerful group of countries are trying to undermine the resolution.

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    Reclaiming public water 10 years after the 'Water War' (short version)

    10 March 2010
    Multi-media

    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.

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    Alternatives to water privatisation in the Philippines

    Victor G. Chiong
    10 March 2010
    Multi-media

    The Alliance of Government Workers in the Water Sector (AGWWAS) is leading workers to fight against water privatisation in the Philippines and construct viable alternatives.

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    Failure of water privatisation in Tanzania

    Mussa Billegeya
    10 March 2010
    Multi-media

    After the failure of water privatisation in Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam water services have been reclaimed back in to public hands.

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    The struggle for water in China

    10 March 2010
    Multi-media

    Ge Yun outlines the struggle for water in China and the challenges being confronted there.

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    Message from Tamil Nadu

    Vibhu Nayar
    10 March 2010
    Multi-media

    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.

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