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  1. Video: Reclaiming Public Services

    23 Junio 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. Infographics: Reclaiming Public Services

    23 Junio 2017
    Infograph

    Infographics from the report 'Reclaiming public services'

  3. 10 Rousing Struggles for Public Water

    Lavinia Steinfort, Satoko Kishimoto, Denis Burke
    22 Marzo 2017
    Article

    While water privatisation continues to be imposed throughout the world, particularly in the Global South, more and more communities are demanding public management of water and wastewater services and forcing out private actors. On World Water Day we bring you 10 inspiring stories of communities and cities working to reclaim control over this essential resource.

  4. Barcelona reorganises public services in the people's interest

    David Hall
    14 Febrero 2017
    Article

    Spain maybe on the edge of a remunicipalisation renaissance, with all the relevant legal, financial and technical issues attracting surprisingly intense interest throughout the state. These trends in Spain provide inspiring examples for other countries too, in Europe and worldwide. On 1st December Barcelona City Council organised a remarkable conference on the topic.

  5. Consolidation of the public water movement in Spain

    Red Agua Pública/Public Water network
    05 Diciembre 2016
    Article

    The first CITIES FOR PUBLIC WATER MEETING took place on 3rd and 4th November, 2016 in Madrid, convened by La Red Agua Pública/the Public Water network in collaboration with the Municipal Council of Madrid. The event can be considered a milestone in the public water movement as it has strengthened the alliance of different actors involved in the defence of the public management of water, from a perspective of common good and human rights and will permit a closer collaboration with municipal councils and other public institutions (universities, professional colleges, cultural entities, etc.) in the future.

  6. Jakarta citizens' final challenge in the Supreme Court

    30 Mayo 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.

  7. Public Water For All - Water Justice Toolkit

    17 Marzo 2016
    Article

    Water Justice organisations from around the world jointly produced an online water justice toolkit to consolidate our knowledge base and support local campaigns against the corporate takeover of water.

  8. The social cost of private water: what are the options?

    Satoko Kishimoto, Georgi Medarov
    10 Diciembre 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.

  9. Jakarta’s Water Services Violate the Human Right to Water

    Irfan Zamzami
    10 Diciembre 2015
    Article

    After 18 years of underperforming private management, water services in Jakarta could be returning to public management to guarantee the human right to water in accordance with the Central Jakarta District Court ruling of 24 March 2015, which annulled the current contract agreements.

  10. Window of opportunity for public water in Catalonia

    Moisès Subirana, Eloi Badia
    19 Octubre 2015
    Article

    The water management situation in the region of Catalonia, Spain is catastrophic. The omnipresence of the private water sector is creating hugely negative impacts at the economic, social and environmental levels. As a result, Catalan municipalities are being swept by the wave of water remunicipalisation that is taking place across the globe, and the drive to recover public management of water systems is gaining force.

  11. public debate on remunicipalisation in Catalonia at Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia

    A turning tide: Public water officials look to future beyond privatisation

    Sol Trumbo Vila, Satoko Kishimoto
    19 Octubre 2015
    Article

    Public water operators and social movements from 90 countries gathered in Barcelona in mid-September to reflect on how to consolidate a public model of water provision and how to address critical issues of financing clean water for all.

  12. The meaning, relevance and scope of energy democracy

    Daniel Chavez
    09 Octubre 2015
    Article

    What does the concept of energy democracy offer to the struggle against climate change and energy poverty?

  13. Privatisation of urban water supply: The muddy picture

    29 Septiembre 2015
    En los medios

    The Indian Express - The municipal body’s financial losses from water works has reportedly increased by Rs 60 crore per annum, leading to demands, from both opposition parties and the local community, for the ouster of the private player.

  14. Reversing the Tide: Cities and Countries Are Rebelling Against Water Privatization, and Winning

    25 Septiembre 2015
    En los medios

    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.

  15. Nice: building a public water company after 150 years of private management

    Olivier Petitjean
    19 Agosto 2015
    Article

    This article was written for Eau publique, eau d´avenir, published June 2015(French edition of Our Public Water Future: The Global experience with remunicipalisation) and translated into English.

    In March 2013, the councillors of Nice, the fifth largest city in France, and of the surrounding communes announced that the city’s water services would gradually shift towards public management.

  16. Learning from the past: Public finance and democratic control are key to achieving the SDGs

    Satoko Kishimoto, David Boys
    15 Julio 2015
    Article

    The question of how to finance water and sanitation is crucial. Leading international institutions emphasise the role of private finance despite major concerns. The idea that private finance can bring the needed investment is remarkably persistent in global policy circles and leads to a dangerous lack of attention to the far more realistic option of mobilising public finance for infrastructure to provide essential services for all.

  17. Locals plug leaks as Nigeria’s supply woes continue

    18 Mayo 2015
    En los medios

    Business Day Live - IT IS 8am as Hassan Abdullahi lugs his handcart loaded with six jerrycans of water up the slope to God’s Grace Calabar Kitchen. This is his third trip from a private water tap to his major customer.

  18. World Water Forum needs to be more than just a trade show for privatisation

    Satoko Kishimoto
    17 Abril 2015
    Article

    With inequality blunting progress on the human right to water, countries must stop lining the pockets of private firms at the expense of ordinary people.

  19. The hidden Citizens' Revolution for Public Water

    Satoko Kishimoto
    16 Abril 2015
    Article

    Growing numbers of communities are reversing past privatizations in the public sector and delivering even better public services in the process.

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