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  1. Is the water privatisation tide finally turning?

    21 September 2010
    Article

    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.

  2. 180 cities take back public control of water showing remunicipalisation is here to stay

    13 November 2014
    Press release

    More than 180 cities and communities in 35 countries have taken back control of their water services in the last 15 years, a new report released today by the Transnational Institute (TNI), Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) and the Multinational Observatory reveals.

  3. Beyond water wars: lessons on forming collaborative governance from Cochabamba

    Travis Driessen
    09 May 2008
    Article

    The water war in Cochabamba, Bolivia, provided some of the first shots against privatisation of water services heard around world, but necessary institutional and cultual changes, as opposed to symbolic restructuring of the board of the public service institution, have not yet happened.

  4. Jakarta citizens' final challenge in the Supreme Court

    30 May 2016
    Declaration

    International Water Justice community sent the petition to the Supreme Court of Indonesia.  Residents of Jakarta filed a citizen lawsuit against water privatisation in Jakarta at Central Jakarta District Court in November 2012. They argued in the lawsuit that water privatisation failed to fulfil the residents’ access to safe water, caused a series of corruptions and financial harm to the public budgets. In March 2015, the court ruled in favour of the residents, annulling the contract agreement with two private water operators. It was a significant victory of people. The decision, however, was challenged by these private companies and other defendants.  Unfortunately the residents lost in the High Court in February 2016.  Jakarta people decided to challenge the High Court ruling at the Supreme Court.

  5. Remunicipalisation in Berlin after the buy-back

    Philipp Terhorst
    23 June 2014
    Article

    The largest Public-Private Partnership in water sector in Germany ended in 2013 after the longstanding social mobilisation. Remunicipalisation cost a high price for the city of Berlin though. Berliners have striven for new challenges.

  6. Buying back the public, 136 euros at a time

    Mary Ann B. Manahan, Focus on the Global South
    28 March 2012
    Article

     “They can do whatever they want with us but that will be over our dead bodies”.

  7. 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.

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    Soaring bills see privatised water services handed back to public sector - report

    Kieran Guilbert
    13 November 2014
    In the media

    Soaring water bills, a lack of transparency and under investment have persuaded governments worldwide to give back control of privatised water services to the public sector, according to a report released on Thursday.

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    Booting Corporate Power, Communities Are Taking Back Control of Their Water

    Andrea Germanos
    20 April 2015
    In the media

    Common Dreams - New research puts spotlight on 'story that's crying to be told.'

  10. Citizens’ participation is key for water efficiency

    Satoko Kishimoto
    14 February 2012
    Article

    Active citizens’ participation in water and sanitation initiatives is crucial to ensure sustainable improvements in water services for the poorest. Experiences from Tanzania, Spain, India and Uruguay show how citizen and labour participation can transform public services.

  11. Struggle for water is struggle for democracy

    Satoko Kishimoto
    03 September 2013
    Article

    As thousands of water specialists gather in Stockholm for World Water Week, there will be a lot of discussions around technical and efficient delivery of water but too few conversations on the nature of water as a public and democratic good.

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    Alternatives to Privatisation

    • David A. McDonald, Greg Ruiters
    28 March 2012
    Book

    A book for practitioners, unionists, social movements and analysts who are seeking reliable knowledge on what kinds of public models work and their main strengths and weaknesses.

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    Overcoming the challenge to the right to water in Asia

    Mary Ann B. Manahan, Focus on the Global South
    28 March 2012

    Speech delivered during the implementation of the right to water and sanitation transversal session of the Alternative World Water Forum/Forum Alternatif Mondial d’Eau. The session was moderated by Sylvie Paquerot, University of Ottawa and the panelists include Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians; Arthur Manuel, Defenders of the Land; Pedro Arrojo, Water for New Culture/University of Zaragosa; and Alexandros Kastrinakis, Initiative 136 in Greece. 

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    Reclaiming public water 10 years after the 'Water War'

    22 February 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.

  15. Water Justice Works On

    04 July 2009

    Water Justice works on a range of subjects and issues.

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    Writing on Water

    09 October 2009
    Multi-media

    Inspiring video on the experience of the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board which has broken down barriers between communities and engineers, and is pioneering a model of effective, democratic, accountable public water services.

  17. Focus on the Global South

    Profile

    Focus on the Global South combines policy research, advocacy, activism, and grassroots capacity-building in order to generate critical analysis and encourage debates on national and international policies related to corporate-led globalisation, neo-liberalism and militarisation.

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    Stop Water Privatisation! Alternatives to the PPIAF

    17 May 2007
    Article

    As the World Bank agency, the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) met in the Hague on 23-24 May, hundreds of civil society representatives called on donors to reject the Facility's role in promoting water privatisation and fund public alternatives instead.

  19. From GDPism to genuine equity

    Praful Bidwai
    19 July 2010
    Article

    India's story starkly illustrates the disconnect between GDP and social progress, and the need for radically new economics developed from the bottom up.

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