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Water democracy, reclaiming public water in Asia

> TNI / Focus on the Global South, December 2007, 65 pages, PDF

"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 (...) read

date of on-line publication : 18 December 2007

Successful Experiences in Municipal Public Water and Sanitation Services from Brazil

> 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. (...) read

date of on-line publication : 23 April 2007

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

People, land and water

> Edited by Guy Bessette, Participatory Development Communication for Natural Resource Management, 2006, 324 p.

Poverty alleviation, food security and environmental sustainability are closely linked and represent major development challenges for all actors involved in the field of natural resource management. Poverty alleviation requires sustained economic growth, but it is also necessary to ensure that the poor benefit from that growth. Efforts must also be made to improve food security by providing conditions of access and proper utilization by the poor. Promoting environmental sustainability (...) read

date of on-line publication : 7 February 2007

Water under threat

>  Mohamed LARBI BOUGUERRA (dir.)

Rapid population growth, climate change and pollution have combined to make it the resource over which wars may be fought in years to come. But does water have a price? Is it a right or a need? Increasingly, water is viewed as a commodity whose function is to generate profits. In this book, Larbi Bouguerra argues that instead we should view it as a common good of humanity. Water has an exceptional cross-cultural symbolic value and its use raises enormous questions about our lifestyle, our ethics and our relationship with nature. Bouguerra makes a powerful case for a society that is more economical with water and manages it openly and democratically, as a global resource.  read

date of on-line publication : 12 October 2006

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