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    Publications

    24 November 2005
    Article
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    Publications

    16 November 2005
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    Public Public Partnerships

    01 January 2015
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    TNI is advocating Public Public Partnerships (PUP) as an alternative policy to privatisation or to Public-Private Partnerships in water services as well as a concrete tool to work with partners to reform public water companies/utilities, improve services and realise the right to water on the ground. A public-public partnership (PUP) is simply collaboration between two or more public authorities or organizations, based on solidarity, to improve the capacity and effectiveness of one partner in providing public water or sanitation services. They have been described as a “peer relationship forged around common values and objectives, which exclude profit-seeking”. PUPs avoid the risks which are typically encountered in public-private partnerships: transaction costs, contract failure, renegotiation, the complexities of regulation, commercial opportunism, monopoly pricing, commercial secrecy, currency risk, and lack of public legitimacy. In general the objectives of PUPs are to improve the capacity of the assisted partner. In practice, PUPs' work can be divided into five broad categories: training and developing human resources, technical support on a wide range of issues, improving efficiency and building institutional capacity, financing water services, improving participation. Public Community Partnerships Public-communitarian partnerships (PCPs) are internationally referred to as public-public partnerships but PCPs has a stronger connotation of community. While government and public water authorities should adopt and implement a water delivery policy that prioritises serving the needs of rural communities, many state-owned utilities fail to serve hard-to-reach areas. Community-based water systems are bridging the gap in water service delivery in many parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. TNI has observed new forms of partnerships between public authorities and rural communities, in which the communities are engaged in the decision-making about water solutions, supported with public funding and expertise and are empowered to take responsibility for running water systems. Such partnerships can bring rapid and lasting improvements.

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    Public Services

    01 March 2006
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    Public Services

    18 May 2006
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    Public Services

    25 January 2006
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    Selected publications

    17 November 2005
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  8. Putting Public in Public Services

    13 April 2014 - Event
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    Public spending, public control

    Hilary Wainwright
    05 May 2009
    Article
    Local experiments in public reform are more democratic and cost-effective than the government's centralised bailouts
  10. Democratic Public Services

    01 January 2015
    Collection
  11. Reclaiming Public Services

    • Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean, Lavinia Steinfort
    23 June 2017
    Report

    Reclaiming Public Services  is vital reading for anyone interested in the future of local, democratic services like energy, water and health care.  This is an in-depth world tour of new initiatives in public ownership and the variety of approaches to deprivatisation. 

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    Reclaiming Public Water

    17 August 2006
    Article
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    Reforming public water services

    • Satoko Kishimoto
    01 June 2009
    Primer

    Q and As on why reforming public water services is the best way to deliver clean water to all.

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    Public Services in Europe

    01 May 2007
    Article
  15. Reclaiming Public Water

    17 August 2006
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    Public Water Services

    Satoko Kishimoto
    01 May 2006
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    Innovative approaches based on citizens' engagement have substantially improved public water and sanitation services in developing countries. Olivier Hoedeman, Satoko Kishimoto and Philipp Terhorst, who edited the recently published book Reclaiming Public Water, discuss specific democratic utility reforms that have led to improved services, and the political and financial hurdles that hinder public utilities from achieving success.

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