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Waterjustice.org was born at the fourth World Social Forum (Mumbai, January 2004). Inspired by seminars on alternatives to water privatisation and how to finance public water, groups from around the world committed to intensify their co-operation on these key issues. One of the decisions was to develop waterjustice.org into a virtual resource centre and meeting place for exchanging experiences, debate and strategise.


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May 13 2014
Supplied or written by Theodoros Karyotis

  ...the numerous collectives and institutions that defend water as a common good and as a human right (SOSte To Nero, Initiative 136, EYATH Workers' Union, Water Warriors, Open Assembly of Citizens for Water, and the Regional Union of Municipalities to name but a few) decided to step up the political pressure by organising a city-wide referendum regarding the privatisation of EYATH. The referendum is non-binding, as the Greek legal framework does not allow consulting the population on government policy unless it is ratified by presidential decree or an enhanced majority in the parliament. However, the organizers are certain it will make evident the overwhelming opposition of the population towards the privatization, and it will serve as a manifestation of popular will.


Read the article at autonomias.net

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Apr 01 2014
Supplied or written by Olivier Petitjean

As a condition for the Troika’s financial assistance, Greece has been forced to implement a set of drastic austerity measures, including the privatization of several state-owned companies. The public water utilities of Athens and Thessaloniki are among the targets. Both are profitable companies, which no one there wishes to see pass into private hands. But the Greek government and its creditors seem bent on imposing policy whose economic merits and democratic legitimacy seem rather dubious. A French company is especially active among the candidates for privatizing water in Athens and Thessaloniki: Suez Environnement.



This article was originally published in French. Translation: Egor Lazebnik.

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Mar 25 2014
Supplied or written by Hilary Wainwright

From South Africa to Brazil, from Italy to the US, in Uruguay, Greece, Norway, the UK and in many other countries, municipal councils are taking services back under public control. Public Service workers and their fellow community members are not only defending public services but are also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to the people's needs and desires.

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Mar 03 2014
Supplied or written by Daniel Moss, Our Water Commons

This report based on a learning exchange held from May 30 to June 2, 2013 between Latin American public water utility operators and other water strategic actors in conversation with New York City and State source water protection advocates.


While there are plenty of reasons to be discouraged by the state of the world’s water, this study offers good news for innovative watershed stewardship. The report explores cooperative arrangements among urban public water operators, municipalities, civil society organizations and the rural communities from where cities often draw their water.

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Feb 03 2014
Supplied or written by Platform for public community partnerships in Americas (PAPC)

Spanish with English subtitle (23 mins) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2kl-wDQmGs


Successful experiments involving new types of support and cooperation in water management are underway in Latin America. This happens through public-community agreements and within the framework of Platform for public community partnerships in Americas (PAPC). The video 'All of One and One for All’ to highlight partnerships among water committee (community water operator in Bolivia) and community organizations (San Miguel Km 4 water committee and Habitat for Women in the Auxilidadora Community).

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Jan 04 2014
Supplied or written by Timothé Feodoroff

It is not often that social movements up against some of the most powerful corporate interests have much cause to celebrate. But water justice activists from the Reclaiming Public Network meeting in Barcelona in November 2013 had a good reason to acclaim progress while also looking ahead to new challenges.

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Dec 31 2013
Supplied or written by David McDonald

A UN-founded organisation devoted to defending public water services needs to resolve internal tensions if it is to stay afloat


The article is published at POVERTY MATTERS BLOG, The Guardian

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Dec 23 2013
Supplied or written by Beatriz Martinez

Remuniciaplisation is a growing global trend. With a view to sharing specific experiences of remunicipalisation, the Reclaiming Public Water network and Aigua és Vida, a Catalan platform organised a public event to explore several concrete cases in Europe. Beatriz Martinez from Transnational Institute reports the event.


 

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Dec 20 2013
Supplied or written by Olivier Petitjean

Today, India is a favored market for Veolia and the French water industry. This is both for commercial reasons and because public private partnerships (PPPs) in India are seen as a good opportunity to restore their international reputation and rehabilitate water privatisation. Veolia is eager to paint a very rosy picture of the new contracts it has signed in Nagpur, Delhi and elsewhere. Reality on the ground, however, is very different. Financial opacity, conflicts of interest, opposition from local residents and officials - all the usual problems associated with water privatisation are still there. Have French water multinationals learned nothing from the past?


The report is published at Mautinationals Observaotry.

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Oct 18 2013
Supplied or written by Satoko Kishimoto (Transnational Institute)

Instead of an ideological obsession with illusory private sector ‘solutions’, the international community would do better to support socially ambitious public operators working together in partnership with other public utilities.

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Oct 17 2013
Supplied or written by Satoko Kishimoto (Transnational Institute)

It had been billed as a summit to push for universal access to water, but attending the Budapest Water Summit held last week felt like grasping at a mirage of water in a desert. The slogans and appearance were attractive, but held no prospect of delivering the human right to water for all.

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Sep 18 2013
Supplied or written by Blue Planet Project
Social justice, environmental, and labour organizations in Europe are applauding the city of Bern for taking a bold new step to protect water as a commons.  Launched by the Blue Planet Project based in Canada, the Blue Communities certification requires municipal governments to pass legislation recognizing water as a human right and pledging to promote and protect public water and sanitation services.
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Sep 11 2013
Supplied or written by European Federation of Public Service Unions(EPSU)

(Brussels 10 September) As of yesterday the national branches of the right2water.eu  campaign have been handing in the signatures collected to the respective national authorities. We are now demanding that the European Commission to implements the Human Right to water and sanitation in European Union basic legislation


 

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Sep 03 2013
Supplied or written by Satoko Kishimoto

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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Jul 24 2013
Supplied or written by European Water Movement, EPSU

(Press release: 24 July 2013) A large group of Greek, European and international organisations, networks and others have requested the bidders for the Thessaloniki Water and Sewage Company to withdraw their bids. They want the bidders to respect the wishes of the workers and local communities who do not want their company to be run by private operators.

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Jun 13 2013
Supplied or written by Hilary Wainwright
A combination of opposing privatisation and putting forward practical alternatives is helping water campaigners mount an effective challenge to austerity in Greece

http://www.tni.org/article/tapping-resistance?context=597

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Jun 12 2013
Supplied or written by Satoko Kishimoto
Global networking is key to winning battle against fracking, say activists at World Sosial Forum in Tunis (March 2013).
http://www.tni.org/article/networking-against-fracking?context=599
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Jun 10 2013
Supplied or written by Webmaster
http://www.canadians.org/water/issues/Blue_Communities/

 We invite you to become a part of the local and global movement for water security and justice by joining the Blue Communities Project – a joint initiative that furthers the work of local Water Watch coalitions across the country.

Learn what you can do as a community activist,  public sector worker or  municipal councillor  to help protect the water commons – our shared water resources – in the face of increasing pressure to put water up for sale and privatize water services.

Take the Tap Water Pledge to support publicly-owned and delivered water by drinking tap water instead of bottled water.

Teen Helps Turn Cities into Blue Communities, Canadian Perspectives, Autumn 2012

 
Apr 04 2013
Supplied or written by Food & Water Watch
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports/borrowing-trouble-water-privatization-is-a-false-solution-for-municipal-budget-shortfalls/ 


The 2008 global financial crisis left many governments around the world with serious fiscal challenges. Eroded tax bases and growing health and retirement costs created or worsened local budget deficits across the United States, and a sovereign debt crisis rattled the European Union. Instead of confronting these problems head-on, a number of public officials across the globe sought to lease or sell public water and sewer systems to fund ongoing government functions or to pay down liabilities. That is, they have tried to use water privatization to create the illusion of having balanced the budget, when in fact they are just digging the hole deeper.
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Mar 21 2013
Supplied or written by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
http://corporateeurope.org/blog/battle-keep-water-out-internal-market-test-case-democracy-europe


The European Commission has in recent weeks gone on a PR offensive in response to growing criticism of its pro-privatisation agenda for the water sector. The criticism centres around the water privatisation conditions attached to the Troika’s rescue packages for Greece and Portugal, and the proposed EU concessions directive, which could lead to increased privatisation pressure on public water municipalities across Europe.
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Mar 10 2013
Supplied or written by Webmaster
The version in English on Youtube is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlSM1TPm_k8

Spanish subtitles is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-pi8Gckpx4

French subtitles is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdk0Jw6T080

Greek subtitles is available at http://youtu.be/A1XAQwcmmnQ

Portuguese subtitles is available at http://ow.ly/jjWkK

German subtitles is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMwvzE-tEP8

Italian subtitles is available at http://www.youtube.com/user/AcquaBeneComune

Groundbreaking motion design documentary about cities reversing water privatization to regain public control. This video explores water 'remunicipalisation' in Buenos Aires and Paris, looking at the challenges and benefits of reclaiming public water. It calls on citizens worldwide to mobilize around this option. Do it! Remunicipalisation Works! The video was produced by Transnational Institute (TNI), Municipal Services Projects (MSP) and Corporate Europe Observatory(CEO). Credits: Dent De Cuir

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Jan 18 2013
Supplied or written by Webmaster
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbCD8HA11sg

 WDR, German public TV broadcasted a 8 minutes under Monitor program in December 2012, exposing the Commission's push for privatisation in Greece and Portugal, via the Troika.

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Nov 05 2012
Supplied or written by Webmaster

Publoshed by Global Water Intelligence October 2012.


 The recent decision by the metropolitan area of Barcelona(AMB) to award a 35-year integral water cycle concession for greater Barcelona to Spain’s largest private operator Agbar without an open tender is facing concerted opposition from private sector water operators, NGOs and municipalities.
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Sep 04 2012
Supplied or written by Webmaster
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_SZ-e_IvwY
This video presents the voices from the la Red Nacional de Acueductos Comunitarios en Colombia (National Network of community water systems in Colombia). It networks community organizations under the principles of reciprocity and solidarity in the struggle for water as a fundamental right and the common good. 

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Aug 22 2012
Supplied or written by the Platform for Public and Community Partnerships of The Americas

the documentary about the experiences of cooperation among water committees, is now available on line at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPqJs5SELqA

HANDS INTO WATER is the result of collective effort and the self-determination of a number of people who have worked together to provide a solution to the problem of water and sanitation in the south of Cochabamba, Bolivia. In this documentary, two water committees talk about their history, their culture and their lived reality, focusing on how they deal with the daily struggle for water and their search for concrete solutions that do not rely on the state or any other outside organization. This documentary is about the exchange of experiences, knowledge and traditional practices and the creation of mutual aid in order to manage water. It is about an alternative form of cooperation, one that is based on solidarity and not profit.

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Jul 17 2012
Supplied or written by Places [at] Design Observer
published by Places [at] Design Observer

the January 25 Egyptian Revolution was not just a revolution of the disenfranchised; it was also what some have called a “Revolution of the Thirsty.” In a land almost without rain, the Nile River supplies 97 percent of renewable water resources, and these days an increasing share of that water is being directed to the posh suburban compounds — where many of Egypt's political elite lives — to support that "greener side of life." Meanwhile, in the years before the revolution, the state water utilities had dramatically hiked rates for residents in downtown Cairo, where some 40 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day.
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Jul 04 2012
Supplied or written by Webmaster

The broadcast is online in English and German versions on our website: http://www.kontext-tv.de/node/237

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Jul 04 2012
Supplied or written by Webmaster
by Mary Ann Manahan, Focus on the Global South


 These alternative models of watershed protection and water service provisions are diverse, as they depend on the specific conditions of a particular area or country. Although there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ option, strategies have exhibited the following characteristics: pro-poor, ecologically sustainable and progressive public water management system.  The article shows practical and workable solutions that do not rely on market mechanisms or the corporate private sector for which profits come before public and community interests.
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Jun 25 2012
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By Jean-Claude Magalhaes, Yves Duval and Mario Milanesi

Over the last ten years, a successful public-public partnership has taken shape between the water users associations in a rural region of Senegal, the French city of Cherbourg-Octeville as well as several other partners including civil society groups in Senegal and Europe.


Ces dix dernières années, un partenariat public-public concluant a pris forme entre les associations d’usagers de l’eau dans une région rurale au Sénégal, la ville et la communauté urbaine de Cherbourg en France ainsi que d’autres partenaires, y compris l’État Sénégalais, des groupes de la société civile au Sénégal et en Europe.

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Jun 24 2012
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By Ambe J. Njoh

The Bonadikombo water supply project exemplifies participatory planning in action. It shows how the various aspects of participation elaborated in participatory planning theory play out in practice by using elements of enlistment, cooperation and consultation.

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Jun 22 2012
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Municipal Services Project Occasional Paper no. 17
Author(s): Jackie Dugard and Katherine


Water activists have an encouraging record of using legal tools to overturn privatization in the fight for public services. Shields and Swords examines and draws lessons from water campaigns’ legal strategies around the world, some of which have transformed national laws and banned private provision, while others were partial victories.


The Occasional Paper is available here

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Jun 21 2012
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Bankwatch’s new online resource that scrutinises infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Europe. http://bankwatch.org/public-private-partnerships

The website "Overpriced and underwritten - The hidden costs of public-private partnerships" offers evidence to counter the frequent arguments about the supposed advantages of PPPs. With extensive background analysis, case studies from across Europe and news updates, we hope the site will be a useful source of information for non-governmental organisations working on issues of public infrastructure and public services including water.

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Jun 14 2012
Supplied or written by Webmaster

by: Buenaventura Dargantes, Mary Ann Manahan, Daniel Moss, and V. Suresh. It can be downloaded at: http://www.ourwatercommons.org/water-commons-citizenship-security. This project was undertaken with support from the Visayas State University, Focus on the Global South, Our Water Commons, the Centre for Law and Democracy, France Liberte, and Reclaiming Public Water Network.


The motivation behind this collection of case studies is to examine successful and/or illuminating cases of water commons governance and management, culling out insights that may be useful in communities around the world. We hope to continue to collect and publish cases, so please be in touch if you'd like to recommend – or even better, write – cases.

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Mar 31 2012
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After decades of failed water privatisation, cities like Paris are starting to bring water back into public hands. Download this free 'must-read' book for policy makers and activists looking to democratise water services.

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Mar 23 2012
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http://www.focusweb.org/content/treading-troubled-waters


This paper is an attempt to collate and integrate field experiences, on-the-ground consultations and published materials from official and alternative sources that delved into: 1) the possibility of having “water for all” (for human use)—from source to tap, and; 2) the initiatives and activities that have been undertaken to achieve this.
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Mar 22 2012
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(22 March 2012) World Water Day – Launch of the website www.right2water.eu  for European Citizen Initiative “Water is a Human Right not a commodity” sponsored by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU). This website will be one of the tools for the collection of signatures.

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Mar 15 2012
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March 2012  By Irfan Zamzami, Amrta Institute for Water Literacy

This paper was prepared and presented at the Alternative World Water Forum (FAME) in Marseilles, France.

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Feb 29 2012
Supplied or written by Webmaster

The video highlights the innovative role that communities in waterless areas in the Philippines play. With examples from two communities in the National Capital Region or Metro Manila, where service provision is provided by two private concessionaires, Patak-Patak shows how communities organize and help themselves when both government and private water fail to provide water to the poor. By securing dependable water supply from third party bulk water supplier, the cooperative or consumer-owned water utilities establish mechanisms to ensure that water services remain in the public domain or under community control.  Through the cooperative, democratic control and peer-level monitoring and enforcement of rules in the establishment of improved water supply and distribution systems were ensured.  Communities also take on roles in financing water services. Patak-Patak offers a critical insight on the positive role that communities play in bridging the gap in water service provision in the Philippines. These associative water systems are clearly charting new paths and options for the Philippine’s waterless population. They highlight the necessity and urgency for an enabling institutional and policy environment that will allow for such alternatives to develop and flourish. The video is produced by the Institute for Popular Democracy, Focus on the Global South and the Reclaiming Public Water. The video can be viewed/ accessed at http://blip.tv/focusweb/patak-patak-5962046 or http://www.focusweb.org/content/video-patak-patak

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Feb 28 2012
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Public-Public Partnerships Provide Affordable, Efficient Drinking Water and Sanitation to Cash- and Resource-Strapped Communities New Food & Water Europe Report Shows that Municipalities Can Collaborate, Avoid Privatizing Assets

Public-Public Partnerships: An Alternative Model to Leverage the Capacity of Municipal Water Utilitiesshows that municipalities can forge partnerships with one another to efficiently deliver drinking water and wastewater service while ensuring that these resources are kept under public control. Down Load the report 

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Feb 22 2012
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While the Platform for Public Community Partnerships of the Americas has been realizing several bulletins in Spanish, this is the first bulletin that has been produced in English. It has updates of our work in Colombia and Bolivia during the last year along with some background of how this project was born.

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Jan 12 2012
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"Movement 136" is an initiative founded by the residents of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, in an attempt to stop the privatization plan which includes the selling of "ΕΥΑΘ" state owned water company. Helen Skopis spoke to one of the members of the movement, Katerina Tzanetea about their aimings. http://goodafternoonathens.blogspot.com/2011/09/movement-136-12.html

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Nov 14 2011
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http://www.thebrokeronline.eu/Blogs/Resurrection-of-public-water-utilities/
From October 29 to November 4, the city of Amsterdam will host the first International Water Week in the Netherlands (IWW). One of the conferences that was organized during the week of the event is the conference Water Operators’ Partnerships.
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Nov 14 2011
Supplied or written by Satoko Kishimoto
This article was written for the workshop on 'Participation in WOPs: Why and How to do it' in the WOPs conference Each One Teach One (2nd November 2011) during the Amsterdam International Water Week.
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Sep 01 2011
Supplied or written by Webmaster
Stockholm World Water Week of this year took place from August 21st to 27th.
Visit the blog on Water justice reports from Stockholm World Water Week
http://worldwaterweek.blogspot.com/
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Jul 14 2011
Supplied or written by Public Services International
A people’s victory in Italy!
A resounding NO to water privatization, nuclear energy, and impunity for politicians
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Jun 10 2011
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Pambazuka (the pan-African newsletter) has released a special issue on WATER AND PRIVATISATION IN AFRICA. Pambazuka prepared this special issue in cooperation with RITIMO and Transnational Institute.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/issue/533
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Jun 10 2011
Supplied or written by Kruha
On June 6, 2011, NGOs and the community protested in the city hall of Jakarta, demanding the governor to terminate Jakarta water privatization.

They warned that the privatization has been bringing Jakarta water company into severe losses and big debt. The private companies also fail to meet the target that the citizens of Jakarta cannot enjoy a reliable, easy, and affordable piped-water service.

Involved in the demonstration were the community, NGOs that concern on Jakarta water issue, and the Jakarta water labor union. This was the first time for the labor union to affiliate with other groups in their effort to push the policy makers to remunicipalise the water service. The protesters orated, did performance art, and held banners of their demands. They can’t wait the termination of Jakarta water until 2022.

The representation of the protesters also met with the officers of Jakarta government to submit the petition on terminating Jakarta water privatization and also to deliver the protesters’ demands. However, the protesters still attempt to meet the governor face to face, as well as to hold similar demonstrations. The International Petitions was signed by 90 Indonesian and international organisations and 592 Indonesian individuals. The protest was organized by JRMK, Kruha, SP Jabodetabek, SP PDAM, Walhi, LBH Jakarta, FPPI and SBMI.
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May 31 2011
Supplied or written by Irfan Zamzami and Nila Ardhianie


This paper reports the issues occur to workers in the middle of Jakarta water privatization. There are at least three major issues. First, and the most problematic, is the workers’ status. The cooperation agreement seems intentionally left this problem into confusion and contradiction with other regulations, that now thousands of workers’ status is not clear whether working for the water utility or the concessionaires. Second, the basic salary of seconded employees that is too low and does not increase as regulated. Third, the peculiar pension policy that harms the retired workers’ financial security.


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May 27 2011
Supplied or written by AMRTA Institute
9:35 minutes
April 2011
Produced by Amrta Institute(Indonesia), support with Reclaiming Public Water Network

PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) entered Jakarta water service as a private partner when the water utility PAM Jaya privatized its water service in 1997. It is now owned by a multinational corporation Suez Environment, Astratel, and Citigroup. Since then, Palyja has a sole right to serve the west part of Jakarta. More than a decade after that, it’s not hard to see that Jakarta water service is not getting better as it was expected when the privatization undertaken. This short film includes several testimonies from South, West and North Jakarta districts. Listen to residences' voices: 'Water does not flow but bills keep coming', 'we would buy water but would not be able to afford rice'.

http://www.tni.org/multimedia/video-through-empty-tap-water-privatisation-jakarta
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May 06 2011
Supplied or written by Daniela Del Bene
Italy has seen a very long and articulated process of democratic participation which has made possible a nation-wide referendum on crucial issues for the country. On the 12th and 13th of June Italian electors will be called to vote for a referendum consisting of four demands.
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Apr 28 2011
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March 2011
by Susan George (Transnational Institute), Mthandeki Nhlapo (South African Municipal Workers Union) and Peter Waldorff (Public Services International)

With 43 percent of Africans in cities having no access to water, efforts to privatize service provision remain misguided and dangerous; the meeting of over 100 water experts in Cape Town for World Water Day on March 22 was a chance to share knowledge about the success of public-public partnerships in providing water access for people, not for profit.
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Apr 27 2011
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10 mints Video
April 2011
produced by PSI and TNI
http://www.tni.org/multimedia/way-forward-voices-global-water-operator-partnership-alliance

Delegations from Reclaiming Public Water Network and Public Services International participated in the Global Water Operator Partnerships (GWOPA) Congress held on 20-21 March in Cape Town, South Africa. The video features unionists, activists as well as public water managers from Spain, Morocco, Netherlands and Uruguay who present their vision for Public Public Partnerships in the water sector.
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Apr 27 2011
Supplied or written by AMRTA Institute
10 mints Video
April 2011
Produced by Amrta Institute(Indonesia), support with Reclaiming Public Water Network
http://www.tni.org/multimedia/video-through-empty-tap-water-privatisation-jakarta

Water delivery services in Jakarta (Indonesia) were privatised in 1997, when the city-owned water company PAM Jaya made a cooperation agreement with two private companies: Suez (Palyja) and Thames (TPJ; now Aetra). More than a decade after that, it’s difficult to see that Jakarta water service improvement although it was expected when the privatization undertaken. This short film includes several testimonies from South, West and North Jakarta districts: 'Water does not flow but bills keep coming', 'we would buy water but would not be able to afford rice'
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Apr 08 2011
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8th April 2011
Prior to the 23rd Session of the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT(11-15 April 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya), civil society organisations, trade unions and public water companies sent an open letter to Mr. Joan Clos, UN-HABITAT's Executive Director. 39 organisations expressed their concern about plans for UN-HABITAT to downscale its priority to water and sanitation programmes and specifically urged the agency to sustain its support to the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA).
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Apr 04 2011
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Delegations from Reclaiming Public Water (RPW) Network and Public Services International participated in the Global Water Operator Partnerships (GWOPA) Congress held on 20-21 March in Cape Town, South Africa. What are discussions on non-for-profit partnerships in the GWOPA? What are CSOs and trade unions' concerns over WOPs? How and why have we engaged in the process? What are our contributes to make the GWOPA genuine global platform to up scale non-for-profit partnerships?
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Mar 22 2011
Supplied or written by Mildred E. Warner
Proponents of privatization argue that it saves costs due to competitive pressures private providers face to be more efficient, but our comprehensive scientific analysis found no empirical support for cost savings.

Los defensores de la privatización afirman que ésta ahorra costes debido a las presiones competitivas a los que se enfrentan los proveedores privados para ser más eficientes, pero nuestro exhaustivo análisis científico análisis no halló ninguna prueba empírica que sustentara el supuesto del ahorro de costes.
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Mar 22 2011
Supplied or written by Philipp Terhorst
Philipp Terhorst talks to Alicia Araujo, Luis Isarra and Adriana Marquisio from the Platform for Public Community Partnerships of the Americas.
Citizen struggles for public water in Peru and Uruguay share many similarities and a common vision, with "public-community partnerships" bringing trade unions and water utility managers together on a shared platform.
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Mar 22 2011
Supplied or written by AMRTA Institute
http://www.tni.org/multimedia/video-water-union-rally-jakarta-december-2010
In December 2010, hundreds of water union workers in Jakarta (Indonesia) protested against the privatisation of the water service in the city. The workers demanded an end to contracts with private foreign companies Suez and Thames on the grounds that they have not brought their promised investments and service improvements, and have worsened labour conditions for workers.
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Feb 10 2011
Supplied or written by Enginyeria Sense Fronteres Catalunya
Must-check-out : short videos on
- Public management of water. Participation and social control
- Water access. An unsolved issue
- Water privatization. Trading with life
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Oct 21 2010
Supplied or written by Nila Ardhianie & Irfan Zamzami

PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) entered Jakarta water service as a private partner when the water utility PAM Jaya privatized its water service in June 6, 1997. It is now owned by a multinational corporation Suez Environment, Astratel, and Citigroup. Since then, Palyja has a sole right to serve the west part of Jakarta. More than a decade after that, it’s not hard to see that Jakarta water is not getting better as it was expected when the privatization undertaken. September 2010, produced by Amrte Institute for water Literacy and KRuHA-people's coalition for the rights to water

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Sep 24 2010
Supplied or written by Nick Buxton
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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Aug 26 2010
Supplied or written by PSIRU
In 2010 the EU earmarked €40 million of the ACP-EU Water Facility to support water partnership projects. These are not-for-profit partnerships intended to: “develop capacity in the ACP water & sanitation sector, leading to better water and sanitation governance and management, and to the sustainable development and maintenance of infrastructure”.


PSIRU at the University of Greenwich has created the www.acp-eu-waterpartnerships.org website to support the ACP-EU water partnerships. The www.acp-eu-waterpartnerships.org website helps water utilities, local authorities and civil society organisations access and use EU aid to build not-for-profit ACP-EU water partnerships. It is funded under a contract from the European Commission.
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Aug 23 2010
Supplied or written by Anne Le Strat
The water services of Paris was remunicipalised in January 2010. The operations of the private companies (Suez and Veolia) were transformed into a single public operator, Eau de Paris. In her article Le Strat argues that public management has significant advantages, such transparency and reinvestment of surpluses. While she notes it is too soon to evaluate comprehensively the remunicipalisation, she concludes that the advantages of public management are already visible: the big cost savings achieved through the reform is fully reinvested in improving the water services. According to Le Strat, 'these initial profits are an estimated 35 million euros per annum, if not more'.
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Jun 22 2010
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Globalization Monitor, April 2010

This report aims to identify the problems of China’s current water supply sector reforms from a grassroots perspective and to present an overview of the issues caused by water privatization in Southern China.


download the whole publication: http://www.waterjustice.org/uploads/attachments/GM_Water_Book.pdf
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Mar 25 2010
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The Story of Bottled Water, releasing March 22, 2010, employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the fast-paced, fact-filled story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.

http://storyofstuff.org/bottledwater/
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Mar 22 2010
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An open letter has been sent today, World Water Day, to EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, arguing for expanding EU support for public-public partnerships in water. The letter congratulates the EU that funding is now available for PUPs in African, Pacific and Caribbean countries, but stresses that this should be broadened to EU development aid to other parts of the world as well. The letter was signed by around 30 civil society organisations and trade unions from all over the world.
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Mar 22 2010
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New article by Jeff Conant, an independent journalist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jeff participated in the Reclaiming Public Water Network Global Strategy seminar in Brussels (February 2010) and he captured the essence of the debates very well in his article 'Water Justice, like Water, Travels in Networks: Notes on Reclaiming Public Water' (published 22 March 2010).
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Mar 11 2010
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Close to 80 campaigners, community water activists, public water operators and unionists from 30 countries came together February 1st to the 3rd 2010, when the Reclaiming Public Water (RPW) Network held its global strategy seminar in Brussels, Belgium. The event was the first global RPW assembly since the network was launched in autumn 2005. The seminar was a space for sharing knowledge and experiences about improving public water provision through democratisation, partnerships between utilities and other actors (public-public partnerships) and other progressive solutions. No less important, the seminar focused on strategising on the next steps in research, campaigning and other joint work. An integral theme during the seminar was the impact of the climate change in exacerbating an already accelerating water crisis.
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Mar 11 2010
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From resisting privatisation to constructing alternatives
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. Video filmed at the strategy seminar of the Reclaiming Public Water Network, Brussels, 1-3 February 2010.
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Mar 10 2010
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Victor G. Chiong participated in the Reclaiming Public Water global strategy meeting (1-3 February 2010) in Brussels. With his visionary leadership, the Alliance of Government Workers in the Water Sector (AGWWAS) is leading workers to fight against privatisation in the Philippines and construct viable alternatives. Victor also talks about his undertaking for the 'Capability-Building Program on Performance Benchmarking for Philippine Water Districts'.
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Mar 10 2010
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Mussa Billegeya participated in the Reclaiming Public Water global strategy meeting (1-3 February 2010) in Brussels. He tells us about the failure of privatisation in the capital city Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and the current situation in Dar es Salaam since water services have been back in public hands.
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Mar 10 2010
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Ge Yun participated in the Reclaiming Public Water global strategy meeting (1-3 February 2010) in Brussels. She works with Xinjiang Conservation Fund.She outlines the struggle for water in China and the challenges being confronted there.

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Mar 10 2010
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S.Manoharan, water engineer from Tamil Nadu, India participated in the Reclaiming Public Water global strategy meeting (1-3 February 2010) in Brussels. He is one of the leading engineers that came together to form the Change Management Group in 2004 and has worked with community members to restore traditional water sources and improve water provisions in many villages in Tamil Nadu.
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Feb 22 2010
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Aquiris is the name of a consortium that was created in 2001 by Veolia Environnement, the biggest water services corporation in the world, and other companies to bid for the building and operation of the North Brussels wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), a €1.2 billion contract. Prior to that, most of Brussels' wastewater was not treated but dumped raw in rivers, an option which is no longer acceptable under a 1991 EU Directive (91/271/EEC) concerning urban wastewater treatment which requires all European cities to treat their wastewater before disposal.
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Jan 31 2010
Supplied or written by Andreas Lako and Nila Ardhianie


In running the water service business, it is obvious that the private operators are more profit-oriented rather than actually improve their performance. It can be seen how they create an overpriced tariff to gain as high income as possible. This overpriced tariff caused the water utility suffers a shortfall, and more citizens are not able to afford piped-water. In addition, for financing operating activities, investment and financing, the private operator directors chose refinancing scheme by selling bonds or to be indebted to creditors. This practice drives the private operator to unethically claim that the bonds are used for improving the service, while they are actually for paying other long term debts.


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Dec 03 2009
Supplied or written by Nila Ardhianie

In August 2007, the ADB‘s Board of Directors approved a loan facility to PALYJA (PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya), a private water company in Jakarta, Indonesia. PALYJA has operated in Jakarta for more than ten years since they got sole concession right to manage the piped water supply in the western part of Jakarta. PALYJA shares are owned by some of the world-class companies such as SUEZ Environment and Citigroup.

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Sep 09 2009
Supplied or written by Beverly Bell, Jeff Conant, Marcela Olivera, Crossley Pinkstaff, Philipp Terhorst
Producido por:Food and Water Watch, Other Worlds, Reclaiming Public Water, Red VIDA, Transnational Institute
24 agosto 2009

Este pequeño libro presenta una serie de breves entrevistas con doce activistas por el derecho al agua de América Latina, así como las declaraciones de un encuentro histórico celebrado en la ciudad boliviana de Cochabamba en agosto de 2008, en el que se dieron cita dirigentes de movimientos sociales de las Américas para trabajar por una gestión del agua con base en las comunidades.
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Sep 04 2009
Supplied or written by TNI, Reclaiming Public Water Network, RED vida
The 30 minutes video (in Spanish, with English subtitle) on the Cochabamba seminar August 2008 is finally available on the website.

Un video en español (con subtítulos en ingles) del seminario de Cochabamba en Agosto de 2008 (Agua, Bien Común, Gestión Pública y Alternativas) está disponible en la página web de TNI.
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Sep 04 2009
Supplied or written by B. Kailasam, TNI, Centre for Law, Policy and Human Rights Studies(Chennai)
50 minutes video (English) filmed during Water: common good, public management, and alternatives: Securing the Right to Water- Challenges and Solutions in Asia in Chennai, India September 2008.
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Jul 13 2009
Supplied or written by Food and Water Watch
Water activists in Colombia are pushing a popular initiative to explicit protection for the human right to water to the nation’s constitution. After three years of popular mobilization to build support, the Colombian reform measure is now up for debate before the nation’s congress. Food & Water Watch has just published a short briefing paper on the current state of this effort.
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Jul 12 2009
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Remuniciplaisation cases are translated into Bahasa Indonesia by Amrta Institute Water Literacy

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Jun 18 2009
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By Abdel-Mawla Ismail , October 2008
From the second half of 2007 till January 2008, Egypt has witnessed a wave of about 40 protests· about the absence of basic rights with relation to drinking water. This shows that thirst protests or intifadas, as some people have called them, started to represent a new path for a social movement that accompanies protests to obtain bread.
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Apr 01 2009
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March 2009 co-published by TNI, Reclaiming Public Water network, OTHER WORLDS, Food&Water Watch, RedVida

this 55-page booklet collects twelve brief interviews with water activists from Latin America as well as declarations from a historic gathering in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in August, 2008, where leading figures in the social movements of the Americas came together to envision the way forward for community-controlled water management. Critical reading for proponents of the right to water.

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Mar 16 2009
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This paper by CEO, PSIRU and PSI details the continuing influence of water multinationals on the World Water Forum and its agenda.
 
Mar 12 2009
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A public-public partnership (PUP) is a collaboration between two or more public authorities or organisations, based on solidarity, to improve the capacity and effectiveness of one partner in providing public water or sanitation services. This new paper by PSI, PSIRU and TNI provides an overview of the typical objectives of PUPs; the different forms of PUPs and partners involved; a series of case studies of actual PUPs; and an examination of the recent WOPs initiative. It then offers recommendations for future development of PUPs. The paper includes an overview of over 130 PUPs in around 70 countries. This means that far more countries have hosted PUPs than host PPPs in water – according to a report from PPIAF in December 2008, there are only 44 countries with private participation in water.
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Feb 02 2009
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Transnational Institute and Corporate Europe Observatory, Enero 2009

A pesar de décadas de presiones intensas de comercializar y privatizar la gestión de agua, hay todavía numerosos ejemplos inspiradores de gestión pública de agua exitosa en ciudades y regiones a través de Europa. Un nuevo documento de debate, publicado por TNI y CEO, explora las lecturas que ofrecen diez de estos ejemplos, en base a nuevos criterios por una progresiva gestión de agua.
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Jan 26 2009
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Transnational Institute and Corporate Europe Observatory, January 2009

Despite decades of intense pressure to commercialise and privatise water delivery, there are still numerous inspiring examples of successful public water management in cities and regions across Europe. A new discussion paper published by TNI and CEO explores the lessons to be learned from ten such examples, on the basis of nine key criteria for progressive public water management.
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Dec 05 2008
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the delegates of the Pan-Asia Water Colloquium, “Water: Common Good, Public Management and Alternatives” gathered between September 25-27, 2008 at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras in Chennai, Tamil Nadu State, India, declare this statement.
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Dec 05 2008
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Read this report (6 pages) on the Pan-Asia Water Colloquium, “Water: Common Good, Public Management and Alternatives Securing the Right to Water—Challenges and Solutions in Asia” (September 25-27, 2008 in Chennai, India).
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Nov 27 2008
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This is the last of a 3-part series on water to be published in the Hindu, one of India's most widely circulated national dailies. These articles are the response to the impact of and as a followup to the recently concluded Asian Water Colloquium at IIT, Chennai between Sep 25th to 27th, 2008, jointly hosted by RPW Network, Forum for Global South, Centre for Law, Policy and Human Rights Studies, Chennai, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Change Management Group of Engineers from TWAD Board, Agriculural Engineering Dept. (AED) and IAMWARM.
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Nov 26 2008
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This is thesecond of a 3-part series on water to be published in the Hindu, one of India's most widely circulated national dailies. These articles are the response to the impact of and as a followup to the recently concluded Asian Water Colloquium at IIT, Chennai between Sep 25th to 27th, 2008, jointly hosted by RPW Network, Forum for Global South, Centre for Law, Policy and Human Rights Studies, Chennai, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Change Management Group of Engineers from TWAD Board, Agriculural Engineering Dept. (AED) and IAMWARM.
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Nov 07 2008
Supplied or written by Xinjiang Conservation Fund
October 2008
This is the English summary of 60 pages full report "Rethinking China’s Urban Water Privatization" in Chinese written by Xinjiang Conservation Fund based in Beijing. Based on reviews of development of the urban water sector since 1949, data analysis and interpretation of 500 household surveys in five cities in China, this report aims at answering the following questions: What are the reasons for China’s urban water privatization? What is the essence of China’s marketization reform of public water? What are the impacts generated by this process? What are the preconditions for a successful and human-oriented urban public water reform? A full English report is being prepared.
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Nov 07 2008
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October 2008
Written by Xinjiang Conservation Fund based in Beijing. Based on reviews of development of the urban water sector since 1949, data analysis and interpretation of 500 household surveys in five cities in China, this report aims at answering the following questions: What are the reasons for China’s urban water privatization? What is the essence of China’s marketization reform of public water? What are the impacts generated by this process? What are the preconditions for a successful and human-oriented urban public water reform?
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Nov 06 2008
Supplied or written by Freedom from Debt Coalition
Position Paper presented to the Committee on Natural Resources House of Representatives, 14th Congress
Freedom from Debt Coalition
August 13, 2008

The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) urges the honorable members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources to conduct a thorough review and investigation of the MWSS privatization, believing firmly that for the past ten years, impacts of the said privatization thus far run counter to the aims set forth in RA 8041 to “address the nationwide water crisis which adversely affects the health and well-being of the population, food production and industrialization process” and in turn defeats the people’s right to water.
 
Oct 25 2008
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The European Public Water Network is a pan-European network of water activist groups, networks and movements resisting the water privatisation push in Europe.
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Oct 24 2008
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September 23-27, 2008 in Chennai
Indian national newspaper The Hindu and others reported water democratisation issues
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Oct 24 2008
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PAN-ASIAN WATER COLLOQUIUM on WATER: COMMON GOOD, PUBLIC MANAGEMENT, AND ALTERNATIVES
Securing the Right to Water—Challenges and Solutions in Asia (September 23-27, 2008)
IC&SR, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
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Oct 24 2008
Supplied or written by Suresh and ARVIND SIVARAMAKRISHNAN
This is the first of a 3-part series on water to be published in the Hindu, one of India's most widely circulated national dailies. These articles are the response to the impact of and as a followup to the recently concluded Asian Water Colloquium at IIT, Chennai between Sep 25th to 27th, 2008, jointly hosted by RPW Network, Forum for Global South, Centre for Law, Policy and Human Rights Studies, Chennai, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Change Management Group of Engineers from TWAD Board, Agriculural Engineering Dept. (AED) and IAMWARM.
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Oct 23 2008
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman
The first step towards a new approach that builds on the strength of Europe's public water sector is to introduce a moratorium on new EU liberalisation initiatives in the water sector and clear guarantees that public water supply is exempted from EU competition and procurement rules.
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Sep 18 2008
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COCHABAMBA DECLARATION IN DEFENSE OF WATER and
Statement of Commitment and Cochabamba Deceleration in Defense of Water
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Sep 18 2008
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Declaracion de Cochabamba en Defensa del Agua y ACUERDO MARCO DE COMPROMISO
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Sep 06 2008
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Later this month, the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras will host an Asia-level colloquium on water, an event that will attract policymakers, water planners, public water managers, water rights groups and activists.
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Aug 26 2008
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The conference is a collaboration between Reclaiming Public Water Network and and Red VIDA(Vigilancia Interamericana para la Defensa y Derecho al Agua – Inter-American Network for the Defense of the Right to Water), organized in Cochabamba, Bolivia on 23-25 August, 2008. You can find the English programme.
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Aug 22 2008
Supplied or written by Violeta Corral
Ten years hence, Manila Water has stretched its wings and ventured into ‘markets’ outside its concession, not only in the Philippines but also in the Asian region. International water companies have moved out or slowed down in Asia and the company has aggressive plans to fill in this gap and largely ‘untapped’ market. Find more in the research paper written by Violeta Corral, Public Services International Research Unit (in Manila)
 
Jun 20 2008
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A new website - www.remunicipalisation.org - goes live today to highlight the growing trend to return failing privately managed water services to public management.
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May 08 2008
Supplied or written by Travis Driessen
The now famous Water War in Cochabamba, Bolivia, provided some of the first shots against privatisation of water services heard around world, as an awakened and politicized citizenry rose up to protest private participation in their water company SEMAPA and to reclaim their publicly provided water services. Cochabamba’s resistance to neo-liberal water policies and its calls for public water service quickly resonated in the emerging transnational social movement on water.
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May 08 2008
Supplied or written by Travis Driessen

En la ahora famosa guerra del agua de la ciudad de Cochabamba, se levantaron algunas de las primeras barricadas en contra de la privatización de los servicios de agua en todo el mundo, en el momento en que una ciudadanía concienciada y politizada se alzó para protestar por la participación privada en su empresa de agua, SEMAPA, y para reivindicar el suministro público de sus servicios. La resistencia de Cochabamba a las políticas de agua neoliberales y su llamamiento al agua pública resonaron muy pronto en el incipiente movimiento social transnacional en defensa de este bien común.

 
May 08 2008
Supplied or written by Voleta P. Corral
The concept of a public–public partnership (PuP) was developed in the context of the aggressive promotion of international financial institutions (IFIs) like Asian Development Bank and World Bank of public–private partnerships (PPPs) in water service delivery.
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May 01 2008
Supplied or written by Susan Spronk
In the month of February, an unusual plight fell upon the city of La Paz. Torrential rains that hit the region ruptured the water main that services the wealthiest zone of the city, leaving the residents of the Zona Sur (Southern Zone) without water for several days.
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May 01 2008
Supplied or written by Susan Spronk
En el mes de febrero, algo inusual sucedió en la ciudad de La Paz. Las lluvias torrenciales que cayeron en la región averiaron una de las tuberías que provee servicios de agua a la zona más rica de la ciudad, dejando a los residentes de la zona sur sin el servicio por varios días.
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Apr 23 2008
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman and Örsan Şenalp
Corporate Europa Observatory, April 2008

In March 2009 the Turkish government will host the fifth World Water Forum against a backdrop of what is probably the most sweeping water privatisation programme in the world. As well as privatizing water services, the government plans to sell of rivers and lakes. Turkish social movements, who hosted their own conference in Istanbul last month, suspect the Government is using the World Water Forum to push through this highly controversial agenda.
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Apr 23 2008
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman y Örsan Şenalp
abril de 2008

En marzo de 2009, el Gobierno turco acogerá el V Foro Mundial del Agua en el contexto del que probablemente es el programa de privatización del agua más drástico del mundo. Además de privatizar servicios hídricos, el Gobierno prevé vender ríos y lagos. Los movimientos sociales turcos, que organizaron su propia conferencia en Estambul el mes pasado, sospechan que el Gobierno está utilizando el Foro para sacar adelante esta agenda tan polémica.
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Apr 20 2008
Supplied or written by Philipp Terhorst
The Andean city of Huancayo has shown that a strong local movement of citizens and workers can expand the struggle against privatisation into reclaiming public water services.
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Apr 20 2008
Supplied or written by Philipp Terhorst
La ciudad andina de Huancayo ha demostrado que un movimiento fuerte de ciudadanos y trabajadores puede ganar la lucha contra la privatización y reivindicar servicios de agua públicos.
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Mar 19 2008
Supplied or written by Al-Hasaan Adam
Africa Water Network would like to present “Turning The Tide” (The Savelugu Story). Turning The Tide is a 10 minutes Documentary which presents Savelugu Water Board.
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Feb 19 2008
Supplied or written by zakir kibria
When the Delhi government decided to privatize the water infrastructure in the Indian capital in 2000, a strong resistance movement emerged.
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Dec 04 2007
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto
"Water Democracy: Reclaiming Public Water in Asia" is a compilation of 19 new essays written by civil society activists, trade unionists and@other water practitioners. The essays show that the privatization wave has far from come to a halt in Asia: from India and Indonesia to Japan and South Korea (where public water delivery has been very successful), neoliberal governments promote privatisation as the way forward. At the same time the essay collection also highlights a very different trend: democratisation and other progressive reforms of public water management are gaining ground in Asia, providing an attractive alternative to privatisation.
 
Aug 11 2007
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Abel Esteban (Corporate Europe Observatory) interviewed Luis Mario Padron about the ground-breaking new Public-Public Partnership (PUP) between the Argentinean public water utility Aguas Bonaerenses S.A. (ABSA) and SEDAM, the provincial water utility of Huancayo (Peru). The project, aimed to improve public water delivery in Huancayo, is an important example of the growing trend of not-for-profit cooperation between public utilities from the South. Such public-public partnerships offer a strong alternative to privatisation and public-private partnerships (PPPs).
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Jul 19 2007
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A letter to express a strong support for the proposed UN mechanism for enabling Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs) to provide not-for-profit support to public operators, endoursed by 86 organisations 15 individuals from civil society groups, trade unions, and public water utilities around the world.
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Jul 19 2007
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86 organizaciones sociales y 15 indiviales firmaron para expresar su firme apoyo al mecanismo propuesto por la ONU para el desarrollo de Colaboraciones entre Operadores de Agua (WOPs, en sus siglas en inglés).
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Jul 19 2007
Supplied or written by Maj Fiil
Please join us in congratulating the Concerned Citizens Coalition of Stockton on their hard-earned victory!
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Jul 12 2007
Supplied or written by Maj Fiil
At a protest against water privatization in Suchitoto, El Salvador, on July 2 more than 25 people were injured by rubber bullets, 18 were severely affected by tear gas, and 14 people were detained and accused of public disorder and illicit association.

Please read the letter below and send your endorsement to Maj at mfiil@fwwatch.org by July 20th.
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Jul 10 2007
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto
El día lunes 2 de julio, el Presidente de la República tenía programado el lanzamiento de la Política Nacional de Descentralización y la inauguración de un proyecto de agua, con presencia de las y los Alcaldes, Gobernadores y Cuerpo Diplomático, en el centro recreativo San Juan, en Suchitoto; ocasión en la que diversas organizaciones sociales y comunitarias, programaron realizar una jornada de protesta pacífica motivada por dos razones fundamentales:
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Jul 09 2007
Supplied or written by Carmen Sosa
We have been asked to help to spread this information from our friends in Cordoba, Argentina. The original email and letter were in Spanish.

Marcela
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Jul 06 2007
Supplied or written by Carmen Sosa
Queridos compañeros,

Solicito a las diferentes organizaciones y a la Red Africana, darle a esta consulta popular la mayor difusión, es otro logro importante, y puede ser un golpe duro para la Suez. En mayo la CNDAV viajo a Córdoba para darle impulso a esta iniciativa, por fin se concretó, creemos que merece ser difundida.

Gracias, un abrazo,

Carmen.
(CNDAV - Uruguay)
 
Jul 03 2007
Supplied or written by Patrick Bond

The Mercury Eye on Civil Society column 3 July 2007 eThekwini: drought hits the poors by Orlean Naidoo, Dudu Khumalo and Patrick Bond Is Durban a model for South Africa and the world? In the field of water, some say yes. National Geographic magazine awarded chief water official Neil MacLeod global recognition a few years ago, and the city won South African recognition as best metro in 2006.

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Jun 29 2007
Supplied or written by Maj Fiil
Consumer Group Encourages Americans@to Take Back the Tap
New Food & Water Watch Report Highlights Problems with Bottled Water
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Jun 29 2007
Supplied or written by Bobet Corral
NOTES:

* THE LOCAL UNION IN CEBU/MCWD -- MEU/AGWWAS -- HAD BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN ITS OPPOSITION OF THIS UNSOLICTED BOT PROJECT; AND SINCE ITS REJECTUON, HAVE HAD SOME SUCCESS IN ESPOUSING ALTERNATIVE SCHEMES/PUBLIC-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS' BETWEEN THE WATER UTILITY AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN BULK WATER SUPPLY. NOW, ALL THESE EFFORTS WOULD BE FUTILE IF JAPAN GOVT FLEXES ITS ODA MUSCLE TO RAM THIS PROJECT DOWN THE THROAT OF LOCAL OFFICIALS. NEWSCLIP BELOW SAYS THAT MITSUBISHI COPR MADE THE FEASIBILITY STUDY OF THE PROJECT; THIS IS INCORRECT. IT WAS INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION(IFC/WB) WHICH WROTE THE LARGELY BIASED STUDY; WE IMMEDIATELY CITED CONFLICT OF INTEREST AS IFC IS ONE OF THE SHAREHOLDERS OF THE PROPONENT'S (AYALA) MANILA WATER CO/MWC; MITSUBISHI IS ANOTHER MWC SHAREHOLDER.
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Jun 11 2007
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Jun 11 2007
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Jun 08 2007
Supplied or written by Carla Montemayor
HI everyone,

Just to share news of a fuel-free water pump developed in the Philippines which has won in the Ashden Sustainable Energy Awards. An example of appropriate, affordable technology that can be used in rural communities in developing countries.

Carla
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Jun 01 2007
Supplied or written by Amrta Institute and Public Services International


The process of Jakarta water privatization involved corruption and collusion, to exploit economic profit through the influence of political power. It is not surprising that later the private operators’ performance is not satisfactory. On the other hand, the contract is too advantageous for the private operators: it enables the private operators to gain high profit while being practically free from business risk, enables the performance standard to be flexibly adjusted, puts the water utility into termination trap, and causes prolonged problem of unclear workers’ status. If the current contract is continued, it harms the water utility, workers, and the citizen of Jakarta.


 

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May 24 2007
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman
Public Services in Europe: from privatisation to participation
Giulio Marcon and Duccio Zola
Eurotopia, May 2007

Giulio Marcon and Duccio Zola survey the resistance to privatisation
across Europe, highlighting the role of pan-European trade union
initiatives and a growing alliance between social movements and the unions.
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May 19 2007
Supplied or written by Tommy Kane
A recent article in the Scottish Left Review outlining some of the issues surrounding water in Scotland.
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May 06 2007
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto
Water Privatization and ADB, Its Impacts and Responses from Peoplesf Movements
By Violeta P. Corral
Public Services International Research Unit (www.psiru.org)
Peoplefs Forum on ADB, Kyoto, Japan, 5-6 May 2007
 
May 06 2007
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto
Nepal Water Privatization: Role of ADB and PSIfs Call for Quality Water Services and Public Water Management
By Violeta P. Corral, Public Services International Research Unit (www.psiru.org),
Peoplesf Forum on ADB, Kyoto, 5-6 May 2007
 
May 06 2007
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto
Current Situation of Water Privatization in Japan and Our Struggle Against It
By KUBOTA Kazutaka, Secretary General, ZENSUIDO (All-Japan Water Supply Workersf Union)
Peoplesf Forum on ADB, Kyoto, 5-6 May 2007
 
May 06 2007
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto
Workers as Key Stakeholders in the Water Sector & Building QPS and PUPs
By Victor Chiong, President, Alliance of Government Workers in Water Sector (AGWWAS, Philippines) Statement at Asian Development Bank 40th Annual Meeting, Peoplesf Forum on ADB, Kyoto, 4-6 May 2007
 
May 06 2007
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto
The Curse of the MWSS Water Utility Privatization in the Philippines: Private Mismanagement And Workersf Woes
By Roberta F. Estimo – President, Maynilad Water Supervisors Association (MWSA),
Peoplesf Forum on ADB, Kyoto, 4-6 May 2007
 
May 06 2007
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto
Jakarta Water Privatization: Workers Campaign to Bring Back Water in Public Hands
By Dameria Hasibuan, President, SP PDAM Jakarta, Indonesia (Municipal Water Supply Workers Union of DKI Jakarta), Peoplesf Forum on ADB, Kyoto, 4-6 May 2007
 
May 06 2007
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto
Water Privatization in Indonesia and the Chance of PUPs as Alternatives
By Hamong Santono, Peoplefs Coalition for the Right to Water / KruHA
Peoplesf Forum on ADB, Kyoto, 5-6 May 2007
 
May 06 2007
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto
Problems of Water Privatization and Responses in Korea
By Korean Government Employeesf Union (KGEU) and Joint Action against Water Privatization
Peoplesf Forum on ADB, Kyoto, 5-6 May 2007
 
Apr 30 2007
Supplied or written by Carmen Sosa
Nota de La Diaria sobre CNDAV y PUP

COMISIÓN EN DEFENSA DEL AGUA Y LA VIDA PIDE 'AGILITAR LA IMPLEMENTACIÓN DEL MANDATO CONSTITUCIONAL'
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Apr 27 2007
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Media coverage of the India Speakers' Tour, April 2007 (Mumbai)
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Apr 27 2007
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Media coverage of the India Speakers' Tour, April 2007 (Mumbai)
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Apr 27 2007
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Media coverage of the India Speakers' Tour, April 2007 (Mumbai)
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Apr 27 2007
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Media coverage of the India Speakers' Tour, April 2007 (Mumbai)
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Apr 26 2007
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Media coverage of the India Speakers' Tour, April 2007 (New Delhi)
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Apr 26 2007
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Media coverage of the India Speakers' Tour, April 2007 (Chennai)
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Apr 23 2007
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Media coverage of the India Speakers' Tour, April 2007 (Chennai)
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Apr 02 2007
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Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), March 2007
The European Commission has started funding the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), a controversial multi-donor agency operating under the wings of the World Bank. The PPIAF, which exclusively offers pro-privatisation advice, has since 1999 prescribed water privatisation models for dozens of developing countries. In addition to funding the PPIAF, the Commission has also launched its own mechanism based on a similar philosophy, the Private Sector Enabling Environment Facility (PSEEF) with a budget of 20 million euro.

Read the new CEO briefing at: http://www.corporateeurope.org/murkywater.html
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Apr 01 2007
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman
March 2007
El suministro de agua potable en los países de la UE depende principal o exclusivamente de empresas públicas pero, en el plano internacional, la UE defiende la privatización del agua. El problema radica en la fuerte tendencia de la Comisión Europea a identificarse con los intereses de grandes empresas europeas. Por Olivier Hoedeman.

 
Mar 29 2007
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman
By Olivier Hoedeman
Drinking water delivery in most countries of the European is exclusively or pre-dominantly run by public utilities. Why then is the European Union in the international arena mainly known as a promoter of a stronger role for the private sector in water delivery? This article is published in May 2007 as part of the book ¡ÈReclaiming Public Water¡É Japanese edition.
 
Mar 29 2007
Supplied or written by Abu O. Alhassan
The Savelugu water system is a classic example of community participation and ownership of any kind of project being implemented by either Government or Non-Government organisation. This paper was written and presented by Abu O. Alhassan (Savelugu Water Board, Ghana) during World Social Forum in Nairobi (January 2007).
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Mar 21 2007
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Author- Prabin Man Singh
Organisation - Collective Initiative for Research and Action (CIRA)
Article No:104, February 13, 2007
Published by the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC)

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Mar 21 2007
Supplied or written by Patricia Jones
Dear colleagues,

The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights has announced a request for
relevant information for the upcoming study on the human right to water.
The announcement can be found at:
http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/water/index.htm
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Mar 16 2007
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http://www.worldwaterday.eu/
In the run up to World Water Day (22 March), over 60 civil society and labour organisations from Europe and around the world have published a critical statement about the policies of the European Commission regarding water and sanitation in developing countries. The statement has also been published in the European Voice newspaper, as an advert paid for by contributions from the endorsing organisations.
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Mar 15 2007
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SUMMARY REPORT
AMRTA INSTITUTE SEMINAR
¡ÈCampaign to Take Back Jakarta Water from Private Concessionaires¡É
November 8-10, 2006, Jakarta
 
Mar 15 2007
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15.03.2007 - 17:39 CET | By Andrew Rettman
EUOBSERVER / FOCUS
EU aid and trade policy is designed to help European corporations break into emerging water management markets instead of reducing the number of 1.1 billion people worldwide who don't
have access to clean drinking water, a coalition of over 60 NGOs has said in an open letter to Brussels.
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Mar 14 2007
Supplied or written by World Development Movement
News from the World Development Movement
14 March 2007
Critics of the European Commission¡Çs promotion of water privatisation have joined together in a worldwide call to take urgent action to tackle the global water crisis.

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Feb 24 2007
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Excerpt From Korean Government Employees¡Ç Union (KGEU) Newsletter, Feb 2007




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Feb 22 2007
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PRESS RELEASE
22. February 2007
Norway has decided to pull out of a controversial World Bank fund that actively promotes water privatisation in developing countries. Norway has contributed $2,85 million to the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) since 1999.
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Feb 19 2007
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Feb 09 2007
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One billion people lack access to clean drinking water around the world, and 2.6 billion people lack access to sanitation. Each day 5,000 children die from the effects of drinking dirty water. The need to tackle the global water crisis is clear. For the past fifteen years, international aid donors – including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and rich governments – have argued that privatisation is a solution to the global water crisis. Poor countries have been told that private companies, including some of the world¡Çs largest corporations – Suez, Veolia, Saur, Thames – would bring finance and efficiency gains, to improve public water systems. But time and time again, these water privatisation schemes have failed. Here are 10 reasons why:
 
Feb 09 2007
Supplied or written by World Development Movement
One billion people lack access to clean drinking water around the world, and 2.6 billion people lack access to sanitation. Each day 5,000 children die from the effects of drinking dirty water. The need to tackle the global water crisis is clear. While some public water companies are inefficient and give a poor service, a growing number are providing a good service to their users. Public water can and does work. With over 90 per cent of the world¡Çs piped water in public hands, we need to learn the lessons from successful public and community providers in order make the human right to water a practical reality for everyone. Donors and governments need to support public water. Here are 10 reasons why:
 
Feb 02 2007
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman
Community management of a rural water system in Madiany, western Kenya. Paper by George Misore Rubiik, presented at the World Social Forum, Nairobi, Kenya, 24th January 2007.
 
Jan 24 2007
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January 24, 2007
Over 250 activists representing organizations and social movements from Africa, and from over 40 African countries, committed to actively support this network during an historic session at the World Social Forum in Nairobi.
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Jan 22 2007
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--- Media advisory ---
Water activists to launch pan-African network against privatisation at World Social Forum
Nairobi, 18 January 2007
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Jan 08 2007
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This is a translation of Experiências de Êxito em Serviços Públicos Municipais de Saneamento, published by ASSEMAE (Associação Nacional dos Serviços Municipais de Saneamento), June 2006.

The book presents twenty examples of successful public water delivery in large and small, wealthy and poor municipalities across Brazil. The city of Porto Alegre is already known around the world for its use of participatory budgeting and other democratic reforms to achieve universal access to clean water. The book shows that similar approaches are used in many other cities in Brazil and in many cases have led to rapid expansion of access to water and sanitation for the poorest communities.
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Jan 07 2007
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El encuentro internacional en la promoción de modelos progresistas de agua pública en las zonas rurales (Barcelona, Noviembre 19-21)
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Jan 04 2007
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International gathering for promoting progressive public water models in rural areas (Barcelona, November 19 – 21 2006

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Dec 18 2006
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The letter calls upon the European Commission not make any further financial contributions to PPIAF, nor attend future PPIAF meetings. Instead, the letter encourages the Commission to support public-public partnerships (PUPs) in the water and sanitation sector. Signed by over 30 organisations.
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Nov 30 2006
Supplied or written by Guillermo Amorebieta
Paper by Guillermo Amorebieta (October 2006), presented in the seminar ¡ÆCampaign to Take Back Jakarta Water from Private Concessionaires¡Ç November 8-10, 2006, Jakarta

Contents:
I.- OUTLINE OF PUBLIC WATER AND SEWER SERVICE IN THE AMERICAS
II.-MANAGEMENT MODEL CONSIDERATIONS
III.-THE CASE OF AGUAS BONAERENSES S.A. (ABSA)
 
Nov 30 2006
Supplied or written by Guillermo Amorebieta
Artículo por Guillermo Amorebieta (Octubre, 2006), publicado en el seminario de la Campaña para Recuperar el Servicio de Agua en Jakarta de los Consecionarios Privados, 8-10 noviembre, 2006, Jakarta
Contenido:
I.- CUADRO DE SITUACIÓN DE LOS SERVICIOS PUBLICOS DE AGUA Y ALCANTARILLADO EN LAS AMÉRICAS
II.-CONSIDERACIONES SOBRE EL MODELO DE GESTIÓN
III.-EL CASO DE AGUAS BONAERENSES S.A. (ABSA)
 
Oct 27 2006
Supplied or written by Carlos Santos
Global actions will take place in October of 2006 to celebrate the right to water, marking the second anniversary of the water referendum that amended the Uruguayan constitution held on October 31st of 2004. The agenda of water movements coincides – in a time of advance against the commodification of this common resource – from the achievements reached at the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela, and at the International Forum in Defense of Water held in Mexico, this year. The challenges seem to go beyond the consolidation of a common agenda of these movements at a global scale, from identifying and promoting an alternative, public and sustainable water management model.
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Oct 27 2006
Supplied or written by Carlos Santos
Durante el mes de octubre de 2006 se realizar«¡n acciones globales de celebraci«Ñn del derecho humano al agua, tomando como referencia el segundo aniversario del plebiscito constitucional sobre el agua aprobado en Uruguay el 31 de octubre de 2004. La agenda de los movimientos del agua est«¡n confluyendo -en un momento de avance contra la mercantilizaci«Ñn de este bien com«ân- a partir de los logros ocurridos en el Foro Social Mundial en Caracas y en el Foro Internacional en Defensa del Agua en M«±xico, durante este a«Ðo. De todas maneras, los desaf«¿os parecen ir m«¡s all«¡ de la consolidaci«Ñn de una agenda com«ân de estos movimientos, a nivel global, pasando a la identificaci«Ñn y promoci«Ñn de un modelo alternativo, p«âblico y sustentable de gesti«Ñn del agua.
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Oct 20 2006
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V«±ase la historieta en defensa del agua y de la vida!
Es una caricatura que describe la situaci«Ñn de privatizaci«Ñn de
agua, movimientos globales en defensa del agua, y propuesta del modelo p«âblico de agua!
Por FENTAP (Federacion de Trabajadores de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado del Per«â)
 
Oct 20 2006
Supplied or written by FENTAP
Take a look this cartoon in defense of water and life!
It is a cartoon story describes the situation of water privatization, global movements in defense of water, and a proposal of public water! An original work by FENTAP (National Federation of Potable Water Workers of Peru) and translated to English by World Development Movement, UK.
 
Sep 30 2006
Supplied or written by Webmaster
The workshop was held during 6th Asia-Europe People¡Ç Forum 3-6 September 2006, Helsinki, Finland. The workshop agand at http://www.aepf.net/programme/economic-security/Cluster%202%20defending%20essential%20services%20workshop%20paper.pdf
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Sep 30 2006
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By Witoon Permpongsacharoen
Foundation for Ecological Recovery

¡ÈWhat we are facing in Thailand is not a water crisis but a crisis in the dominant system of water management¡É (Editorial of Watershed Vol. 4 No. 2 TERRA, 1999).
The article includes the follwoing three case studies:
Case study 1: Chulaporn Dam
Case Study 2: Mae Lao Irrigation Improvement Project
Case Study 3: Pathumthani Waterworks
 
Sep 22 2006
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A report published by The Norwegian Forum for Environment and Development
April 2006
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Aug 09 2006
Supplied or written by Mary Ann Manahan
Trivandrum, India (August 9, 2006): The state government of Kerala in south India has banned the production and sale of Coca-Cola and Pepsi in the state. The companies will be asked to close their operations entirely.
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Jul 18 2006
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto
This is the appendix to the 16-page report from "Public Water for All - Symposium on Improving Public Water Delivery" (15 March 2006, Mexico City).
 
Jul 18 2006
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto
A 16-page report from "Public Water for All - Symposium on Improving Public Water Delivery" (15 March 2006, Mexico City) is available...
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Jul 16 2006
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman and Nami Yamamoto, CEO/TNI Water Justice Project
Japanese translation of the article "The Tide Turns - But Pro-Privatisation Currents Remain Strong, May 2006"
(http://www.waterjustice.org/index.php?mi=1&res_id=134)

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Jul 06 2006
Supplied or written by Silvano Silvério da Costa
This article summarises twenty successful experiences of public utility service of water supply and sanitation selected according to methodology that aims to benefit good practices in these public services. Examples of the key principles used in this sele
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Jul 06 2006
Supplied or written by Silvano Silvério da Costa
El artículo presenta de forma sintética el registro de veinte experiencias de éxito de servicios públicos de abastecimiento de agua y alcantarillado sanitario seleccionadas a partir de metodología y criterios que tratan
 
Jul 06 2006
Supplied or written by Silvano Silvério da Costa
O artigo apresenta de forma sintética o registro de vinte experiências de êxito de serviços públicos de saneamento selecionadas a partir de metodologia e critérios que procuraram privilegiar boas práticas na
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Jun 30 2006
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto and Abel Esteban
The National Association of Municipal Services of Water and Sanitation (ASSEMAE) has recently published the book ¡ÈTwenty successful experiences of public utility service in water supply and sanitation¡É . ASSEMAE, created in 1984, defends the interests o
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Jun 16 2006
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman and Nami Yamamoto, CEO/TNI Water Justice Project
Observations on the World Water Forum in Mexico City
The Fourth World Water Forum in Mexico City (March 16-22 2006) showed that the international debate about water and sanitation is at crossroads.
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Jun 16 2006
Supplied or written by Oscar Reyes
Red Pepper, May 2006
Water privatisation has long been promoted as the only way to develop clean water supplies in the global South. But with several high profile failures and revolts, multinationals are pulling out.
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Jun 16 2006
Supplied or written by Satoko Kishimoto
Article in Japanese

Emerging alternatives from struggles against water privatization-creation of democratic process with people’s participation
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Jun 16 2006
Supplied or written by Thomas Fritz
The Example of german Development Cooperation in Bolivia
May 2006
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Jun 16 2006
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman and Satoko Kishimoto
Innovative strategies based on citizens' engagement and other forms of democratisation have substantially improved public services in developing countries. This chapter presents examples of new approaches that have led to improved services, and the politi
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May 04 2006
Supplied or written by Oliver Balch
In the 1990s, privatisation of public utilities was held up as the answer to decades of under-funding and inefficiency. Now, after a series of high-profile failures, Latin America is looking afresh at public sector solutions.
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Apr 03 2006
Supplied or written by Nami Yamamoto
Joint declaration signed on this 19th day of March, 2006, in Mexico City, by the organizations from more than 40 countries participating in the International Forum in the Defense of Water.
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Apr 03 2006
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La declaración firmada por las organizaciones participantes en el Foro Internacional en Defensa del Agua de más de 40 países en la Ciudad de México (19 marzo, 2006).
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Mar 30 2006
Supplied or written by World Development Movement/PSIRU
(March 06) 60 pages.
The failure of the private sector to invest in water services in developing countries.
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Mar 27 2006
Supplied or written by Patrick Bond
Mar 24, 2006
On March 16 in Mexico City, thousands of grassroots water warriors marched against an equivalent number of establishment delegates from governments, corporations and international agencies at the World Water Forum.
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Mar 23 2006
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Mexico City, 22 March. On UN World Water Day, civil society groups point to the World Water Forum's closing declaration as proof of its incapacity to tackle the world's water crisis.
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Mar 23 2006
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(22 March, Brussels) EPSU today held an action to mark World Water Day in the heart of Europe. A human chain of 1000 people was formed between the offices of AQUAFED (the International Private Water Company Federation) and the European Commission headquar
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Mar 23 2006
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Supplement - March 22, 2006
by Nila Ardhianie, Contributor, Jakarta
This year's International Water Day may be the right time to evaluate how much Indonesia has achieved in the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in the water sector. Is Indonesia on the
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Mar 18 2006
Supplied or written by Satoko Kishimoto
A 'Reclaiming Public Water' discussion paper
March 2006
 
Mar 15 2006
Supplied or written by Satoko Kishimoto
March 2006. written by V. Suresh, Vibhu Nayar and Pradip Prabhu in Tamil Nadu, India
 
Mar 15 2006
Supplied or written by Satoko Kishimoto
written by Silvano Silvério da Costa, Brazil
This article summarises twenty successful experiences of public utility service in of water supply and sanitation. Examples of the key principles used in this selection are; universal access, equity, [integral
 
Mar 15 2006
Supplied or written by Satoko Kishimoto
written by Amrta Institute for Water Literacy, Indonesia
Tirtanadi in North Sumatra is the only PDAM (public water utility) in Indonesia to have adopted the Public-Public Partnership (PUPs) approach. PDAM Tirtanadi is owned by the provincial government o
 
Oct 30 2005
Supplied or written by InterPressService news agency
Civil society groups are preparing for the World Water Forum in Mexico City (March 16-22 2006), with the aim to challenge water privatisation policies and promote public sector alternatives.
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Apr 04 2005
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman
Over 70 civil society groups call on the EU to stop imposing water privatisation on developing countries.
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European Commissioner Louis Michel
 
Mar 17 2005
Supplied or written by Frank Kurschner-Pelkmann and Peter Schnabel
Imagine...clean drinking water for everyone? RWE Thames water -a german player on the global water market, 2003
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Mar 17 2005
Supplied or written by Andreas Harsono
The author analysis the historiy of RWE/Thames Water involvement in Jakarta and its impact an water supply in the Indonesian capital.
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Feb 23 2005
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman
New report by the World Development Movement exposes the continuing push by donor governments and institutions to privatise water and sanitation in poor countries and calls for a different approach by donors to the global water crisis.
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WDM campaign logo
 
Feb 23 2005
Supplied or written by World Development Movement
This new report exposes the continuing push by donor governments and institutions to privatise water and sanitation in poor countries and calls for a different approach by donors to the global water crisis.
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WDM campaign logo
 
Feb 11 2005
Supplied or written by Saltillo Waters Users Association (AUAS)
Citizens organize against Aguas de Barcelona in Saltillo, Mexico
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Feb 02 2005
Supplied or written by Mylaram Narayana Swamy , No : 8, TTD Quarters
I Mylaram N.Swamy am a Social Scientist ,Editor of a News Journal & Author. I am sending a Paper on Rain water Management for discussions. ...... Mylaram Narayana Swamy , No : 8, TTD Quarters Near III Choultry , TIRUPATI - A.P.
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Jan 28 2005
Supplied or written by Eko Nugroho
Public Water for Maximum Benefit By Eko Nugroho, Program manager, SAMADI Justice and Peace Institute, Indonesia
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Public Citizen
 
Jan 21 2005
Supplied or written by Belen Balanya
"Reclamar un modelo público de agua", Viernes 28 de enero, sesión de mañana, sala E203 del FSM, Porto Alegre. Traducción: inglés, español y francés.
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Jan 21 2005
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman
"Reclaiming Public Water", Friday January 28th, morning session, WSF venue E203, Porto Alegre. Translation: English, Spanish and French.
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Dec 26 2004
Supplied or written by Frank Kurschner
A german player on the global water market, 2003. This book gives an overview about RWE's history, its involvement in drinking water supply in Germany and its international work.
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Dec 26 2004
Supplied or written by Frank Kurschner
RWE Thames water-a german player on the global water market, 2003. This book gives an overview about RWE's history, its involvement in drinking water supply in Germany and its international work.
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Nov 11 2004
Supplied or written by David Hall, Emanuele Lobina & Robin de la Motte
Both Uruguay and Netherlands are legislating to make privatisation of water illegal. This new PSIRU report describes the processes and discusses the context of international laws.
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Public Services International Research Unit
 
Nov 09 2004
Supplied or written by Patrick Bond
Reclaiming Water Pricing for Participatory Public Services
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Oct 19 2004
Supplied or written by John Hilary, War on Want
New report from War on Want on privatisation consultants and aid conditionality
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Oct 19 2004
Supplied or written by Peter Hardstaff
Presentation by Peter Hardstaff, World Development Movement for the Water security and people-centred water management:The impact of water privatisation in Asia and Europe and people`s responses during the ASEM5 People's forum, Hanoi,Vietnam 6
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Oct 19 2004
Supplied or written by Uwe Hoering
Presentation by Uwe Hoering, Weed, Bonn/Berlin,Germany for the Water security and people-centred water management:The impact of water privatisation in Asia and Europe and people`s responses during the ASEM5 People's Forum in Hanoi,Vietnam Sept
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Oct 19 2004
Supplied or written by Tran Hoai - Director of Hue Community Education
Presentation by Mr. Tran Hoai for the workshop on Water security and people- centred water management:learning experiences about alternatives to water privatization (towards effective public water)
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Oct 19 2004
Supplied or written by Frances TC Lo, Bantay Tubig
Presentation by Frances TC Lo for the workshop on Water security and people- centred water management: learning experiences about alternatives to water privatization (towards effective public water)
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Oct 19 2004
Supplied or written by Lutfiyah Hanim, Yanuar Nugroho
Written by Lutfiyah Hanim, The Institute for Global Justice and Yanuar Nugroho, The Business Watch Indonesia, September 2003.
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Oct 19 2004
Supplied or written by Peter Hardstaff, WDM
Presentation by Peter Hardstaff, World Development Movement for the workshop on GATS: Challenges to National Sovereignty and Peoples’ Security during ASEM people's forum5, 6-9 Sept 2004
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Oct 19 2004
Supplied or written by Roeline Knottnerus
Presentation by Roeline Knottnerus, the GATS platform for the workshop GATS: Challenges to National Sovereignty and Peoples’ Security during ASEM People's Forum5 in Hanoi, Vietnam September 2004
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Oct 11 2004
Supplied or written by 2nd Alternative World Water Forum
The 2nd Alternative World Water Forum will be held from the 17 to March 20, 2005, in Geneva (Switzerland).
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Sep 28 2004
Supplied or written by Dale T. McKinley Sep 17 , 2004
by Dale T. McKinley. This draft chapter for the forthcoming book on alternatives to water privatisation outlines the overview of impacts of privatisation to people in South Africa. It includes also his vision and principals toward people-centered
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Sep 16 2004
Supplied or written by Beh Lih Yi , malaysiakini.com
Rejecting government’s plans to privatise water, civil society groups point to the water utility in Penang as an alternative model. Via Public Utility Partnerships (PUPs), public water providers in the rest of Malaysia could improve their performanc
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Sep 15 2004
Supplied or written by TNI/CEO
This draft TNI-CEO briefing (prepared for the AEPF conference, Hanoi, September 406 2004) takes a closer look at cities around the world where public water supply has been improved through increased popular control and other democratic reforms.
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Aug 14 2004
Supplied or written by Patrick Apoya
“Community Public Sector Partnership for the Provision of Water Services in Savelugu, Ghana”, by Patrick Apoya, Community Partnerships for Health and Development, Ghana, July 2003.
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Patrick Apoya and Rudolf Amenga-Etego in Savelugu
 
Aug 12 2004
Supplied or written by Adam Al-hassan
Report on the plans for water privatization in Ghana and alternative model of community-controlled water delivery in Savelugu. By Al-hassan Adam, National Coalition Against Water Privatization, Ghana (August 2004)
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Aug 05 2004
Supplied or written by Tim Kessler (CNES)
Who's Taking Risks? How the World Bank pushes private infrastructure - and finds resistance in some surprising places. Tim Kessler, Citizen's Network on Essential Services (July 2004)
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Jul 20 2004
Supplied or written by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Given the decision by Suez and other water TNCs to pull out of major cities in the South, and the growing opposition to water privatisation in many countries, the tide may be turning for the corporate water giants. (CEO Info Brief, March 2003)
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Jul 20 2004
Supplied or written by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Liberalisation of water markets through the GATS talks would not only help Europe-based water TNCs to expand further, but may effectively make privatisation irreversible and close off the development of participatory models. (CEO Info Brief, March 2
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Jul 13 2004
Supplied or written by Transnational Institute/Corporate Europe Observatory
Strategy Meeting on Water Privatisation in the South -Amsterdam, 16-18 October 2003
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Jude Esguerra speaking at the strategy meeting
 
Jul 08 2004
Supplied or written by Luis Sanchez and Raul Salvatierra
Update on the process of improving public water supply in Cochabamba (Bolivia) by developing a model of participatory 'co-management'. Spanish version attached.
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demonstration during the 'water war', spring 2000
 
Jul 07 2004
Supplied or written by M. Z. Hoque
"Experimental Alternate Option to Privatisation of Water Industry in Dhaka, Bangladesh", by M.Z.Hoque, presentation for the seminar on advancing alternatives to privatisation, Kyoto, 22 March 2003.
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Jul 04 2004
Supplied or written by Public Citizen
Bechtel's water operations in Iraq
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Jul 01 2004
Supplied or written by Frits Brugger / BFW
Some Water for All or More Water for Some? Financing the MDG needs shift in resource allocation [Bread for the World, November 2003]
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Jul 01 2004
Supplied or written by Antonio Miranda
Recife Refuses World Bank Proposal - Gets Loan Without Privatisation [Public Services International update, February 2004]
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Jul 01 2004
Supplied or written by Marnie Lucas, AEFJN
Assessing the Sustainable Development Potential of the Commission's New Proposal for Establishing a European Water Facility for ACP Countries: A Critical Review and Alternative Suggestions [Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network, February 2004]
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Jun 27 2004
Supplied or written by aleksej scira
Campaign “Water: Public Good, Public Finance”, a note by the International Committee for the Global Water Contract (January 2004)
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Jun 27 2004
Supplied or written by aleksej scira
Water Privatisation in Ghana: Activists Battle With Government and World Bank, Al-hassan Adam, National Coalition against Privatisation of Water - NCAP (November 2003)
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Jun 27 2004
Supplied or written by aleksej scira
"Porto Alegre in Cannes", Carlos Todeschini, General Director of Porto Alegre's Water and Sanitation Department [speech at the occassion of DMAE receiving the "Water and Cities" award at the 5th Water Symposium, Cannes, 23-27 June 2003]
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Jun 27 2004
Supplied or written by aleksej scira
"Public Management Success in Rio Grande do Sul" , Dieter Wartchow, Companhia Riograndese de Saneamento [May 2002)
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Jun 27 2004
Supplied or written by aleksej scira
"Water in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Accountable, Effective, Sustainable and Democratic", Public Services International Research Unit [August 2002]: http://www.psiru.org/reports/2002-08-W-dmae.pdf
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Jun 27 2004
Supplied or written by aleksej scira
Report of the International Seminar on Advancing Alternatives to Water Privatisation (Kyoto, Japan, 22 March 2003)
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seminar on alternatives, Kyoto, March 2003
 
Jun 24 2004
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"Seminar Commercialisation vs Public Services - Taking Action. The Role of Citizens. Campaign Strategies against the Privatisation of Water", European Social Forum, Paris, 13-14 November 2003.
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Jun 24 2004
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"The Campaign of Manila's Water Vigilance Network against Suez and What You Can Do" - Carla Montemayor (Bantay Tubig, Philippines). Presentation at the European Social Forum-Seminar "Commercialisation vs Public Services", Paris, 14 November 2003.
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Jun 21 2004
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"Effectively investing in Water and Sanitation in ACP Countries - Civil Society Response on the Establishment of an EU Water Facility" (NGO sign-on statement, March 2004)
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Jun 21 2004
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"Financing water for the world – an alternative to guaranteed profits" by David Hall, PSIRU, University of Greenwich (March 2003)
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Jun 04 2004
Supplied or written by Satoko Kishimoto
Transcript of a seminar on alternatives models for urban water utilities. It is emphasised that people-centered water management is possible. Participants from all over the world speak out.
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Jun 04 2003
Supplied or written by Olivier Hoedeman
Participatory and co-operative models deliver impressive results by ensuring that water utilities are accountable and responsive to the needs of the population. Info Brief, March 2003, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO).
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