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  1. UN declares water and sanitation a human right

    28 July 2010
    Article

    In an historic victory for social movements, the UN declared water and sanitation a human right despite opposition from countries like the US, UK and Canada.

  2. Madrid 2010: The Peoples' Alternative Summit - Enlazando Alternativas 4

    13 May 2010
    Article

    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. 

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    Challenging 500 Years of Globalisation

    Lucy Komisar
    14 November 2009
    In the media

    European industrial development was not, as widely asserted, based on the Protestant ethic but on riches accumulated via colonialism.

  4. Networking against Fracking

    Satoko Kishimoto
    05 April 2013
    Article

    Global networking is key to winning battle against fracking, say activists at WSF.

  5. Building a new public ethos of water

    Timothé Feodoroff
    03 January 2014
    Article

    The neoliberal wave of water privatisation has been pushed back by popular resistance, but corporations are finding new channels to advance their takeover of water, warn water justice activists.

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    Latin America: C-

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    17 February 2010
    Article

    The Obama administration has made a few steps in the right direction. But U.S.-Latin American relations are far from mended, and skepticism is growing.

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    Water: Common Good, Public Management, And Alternatives

    Satoko Kishimoto
    05 December 2008
    Article

    From the 23rd to the 27th of September 2008, water justice activists, public water managers/operators, trade unions and academe from Asian countries met in Chennai, India.

  8. Changing the flow

    31 March 2009
    Report

    Twelve brief interviews with water activists from Latin America as well as declarations from a historic gathering in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in August, 2008

  9. 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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    Water justice, like water, travels in networks: notes on reclaiming public water

    Jeff Conant
    22 March 2010
    Article

    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.

  11. 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.

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    Water and sustainable development

    Susan George
    01 July 2008
    Article
  13. Social justice at bay

    • Maarten Bakker, Satoko Kishimoto, Christa Nooy
    21 April 2017
    Report

    Projects protecting Jakarta against floods are likely to damage the environment and could threaten the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. The Dutch government, supporting these projects, should question how it balances its interest in supporting Dutch companies with its stated policies of sustainable and inclusive development. 

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    Needed, a paradigm shift

    V. Suresh amd Vibhu Mayar
    28 October 2008
    Article
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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.

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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: Participatory Alternatives to Privatisation

    • Brid Brennan, Olivier Hoedeman, Philipp Terhorst, Satoko Kishimoto
    09 October 2004

    The time has now come to refocus the global water debate to the key question:how to improve and expand public water delivery around the world? Important lessons can be learned from people-centred, participatory public models that are in place or under development in cities like Dhaka Bangladesh), Cochabamba (Bolivia), Savelugu (Ghana) and Recife (Brazil), to mention a few.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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