Public-Public Partnerships: An alternative model

Public-Public Partnerships (PUPs) allow two or more public water utilities or non-governmental organizations to join forces and leverage their shared capacities. PUPs allow multiple public utilities to pool resources, buying power and technical expertise. The benefits of scale and shared resources can deliver higher public effi­ciencies and lower costs. These public partnerships, whether domestic or international, improve and promote public delivery of water through sharing best practices. 

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Austerity Measures in Europe and the Right to Water

In July 2010 the United Nations General Assembly finally adopted resolution 64/292 recognizing the human right to water and sanitation. In order to ensure that the newly recognized right served as a tool for social movements and frontline communities, Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians and Blue Planet Project) wrote and released the report: Our Right to Water: A Peoples' Guide to implementing the United Nation's Recognition of Water and Sanitation as a Human Right. (available in EN, FR, ES, PT)

As part of a series of reports as additional chapters to Our Right to Water, several reports examine the status of the human right to water and sanitation from the frontlines of struggles across the globe. They provide insight and analysis into how our allies around the world are promoting the human right to water and sanitation in their countries against a backdrop of land grabs, mining injustice, economic austerity and environmental racism. 

Our Right to Water: Case Studies on Austerity and Privatization in Europe

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Our Right to Water

In July 2010 the United Nations General Assembly finally adopted resolution 64/292 recognizing the human right to water and sanitation.

Various useful reports on the Right to Water and Privatization:

1. In order to ensure that the newly recognized right served as a tool for social movements and frontline communities, Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians and Blue Planet Project) wrote and released the report: Our Right to Water: A Peoples' Guide to implementing the United Nation's Recognition of Water and Sanitation as a Human Right. (available in EN, FR, ES, PT) 

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Remunicipalization of Water

1. Remunicipalisation: Putting Water Back in Public Hands

Cities worldwide are experiencing the failures of water privatisation. Unequal access, broken promises, environmental hazards and scandalous profit margins are prompting municipalities to take back control of this essential service. Water ‘remunicipalisation’ is a new, exciting trend that this book explores at length. Case studies analyse the transition from private to public water provision in Paris, Dar es Salaam, Buenos Aires and Hamilton, as well as look at a national level experiment in Malaysia. The journey toward better public water illustrates the benefits and challenges of municipal ownership, while at the same time underlining the stranglehold of international financial institutions and the legacies of corporate control.

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