Standing up against the commodification and misappropriation of water resources
Over the past 30 years, there has been an almost religious commitment to the privatisation of water on the part of the World Bank, international donors, and many UN agencies. Millions are spent each year by these institutions on pro-privatisation conferences, workshops and publications, not to mention loans and grants to make it happen. However, recent researches have shown that public water can outperform private companies even on their own narrow financial terms, not to mention doing a better job with equity, participation and public education.
Our activities include providing support to members to develop advocacy and campaign strategies for public water financing, coordinanting all task teams to deliver on objectives and work plans, and producing campaign materials and resources to improve public water provision, build public sector capacity and providing a platform to bring together public water operators from around the world, as well as sharing experiences of community-led innitiatives and public-public partnerships
Together we can find solutions
Worldwide, from rural communities in Mexico or Bolivia to municipalities in Maine and overpopulated megacities such as Delhi, in India, people have been suffering the consequences of the pressure from big corporations and corrupted governments to privatise and overcharge their access to ground and drinking water resources, leading to water scarcity for the poor and even conflict. We are here to assist front-line communities in their struggles to face great pressures from outside interests
Water Justice International has been instrumental in catalysing and supporting a public water network, which is an open, multi-sectoral network that enables activists, communities and academics to work together. We encourage governments and water utility institutions to promote democratic, public models for providing water as the best means of ensuring safe, affordable access to water for all, as well as keeping groundwater and fresh water resorvoirs in public ownership.
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