The Transnational Institute (TNI), in cooperation with the Municipal Services Project (MSP) and the Latin American Programme for Distance Education in Social Sciences (PLED) is offering a free web-based course on Alternatives to Privatisation: Non-Commercial Public Services Options in the Global South. The course will begin on 8 October 2012 and will comprise a series of eight weekly sessions.
La Red VIDA (Vigilancia Interamericana para la Defensa y Derecho al Agua – Inter-American Network for the Defense of the Right to Water) is a network against water privatisation and for public accountable water in the Americas with which TNI works closely.
Since 2005, TNI has been instrumental in catalysing and supporting the Reclaiming Public Water network, which has grown to include more than 300 member organisations in 58 countries – 15 joined in 2013. This is an open, multi-sectoral network that enables activists, trade unionists and academics to work together with water utility managers and engineers to promote democratic, public models...
The current anger in Britain over MPs' misuse of public money is more than outrage at the pathetic greed of public representatives. It is a fury over a deep-seated failure of public control of public money, that should now be the basis of a movement to complete the unfinished struggle for popular sovereignty
The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD)is a space open to all cities in the world and all associations, organizations and research centres interested in learning about, exchanging impressions and applying experiences of participatory democracy on a local scale with the aim of deepening the roots of democracy in municipal government. The network was created in 2001 within...
The Reclaim Popular Sovereignty Network was launched in 2005, to advocate for effective and meaningful participative budgeting, which means: (a) based on direct participation open to everyone and on revocability of the delegates and council members mandates, with binding deliberation power; (b) self-regulation based on public parameters of social justice (political, tributary and distributive);...
‘Citizens’ participation’ is a fashionable political concept, but one that increasingly means all things to all people. It is time to reclaim ‘participation’ from those who would use it simply to legitimise existing political institutions. This issue of Eurotopia explores different models of participatory democracy in Europe.
Since 2002, the number of municipalities across Europe which have taken up participatory budgeting in some form has grown from just a handful to well over 150. Yet the nature – and success – of the schemes varies widely.
The Left in the City explores examples of progressive parties in local office from across the continent, from Mexico to Uruguay and from Brazil to Peru, and examines the successes and failures of the Left in government.
In reviewing and comparing experiments with participatory budgeting and democratisation in Montevideo and Porto Alegre, the book aims to contribute to a more extensive and deeper understandings of left politics and democratic public policies in Latin America and the Global South.