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Remunicipalization: The future of water services? (by David A. McDonald)

This paper develops a typology of different ideological forms of remunicipalization, identifying key stakeholders and the nature of their support, as well as indicating prevalent formats and regional trends. My hypothesis is that remunicipalization will continue in the medium term due to widespread dissatisfaction with privatization, but that differences within the re- municipalization movement, combined with resistance from powerful multilateral actors, may make it difficult to sustain.

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The Privatised Water Industry in the UK. An ATM for investors

This paper aims to critically evaluate the privatised water & sewage industry in England. We find that the public-owned sector in Scotland delivers the service just as efficiently, albeit at a lower cost to consumers. Our econometric analysis suggests that the 40% increase in real household bills since privatisation was mainly driven by continuously growing interest payments on debt, contrary to the regulator attributing them to growing costs and investments. Finally, we show that the accelerating debt levels are primarily the result of disproportionate dividend pay-outs, which exceeded the privatised companies’ cash balances in all but one year since 1989. We conclude that the way the industry operates may no longer be sustainable and seems to disadvantage consumers greatly without their knowledge, as there is a fog of misleading statements by the companies and the regulator.

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THE CHARLEVOIX G7 SUMMIT COMMUNIQUE

The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal grouping of seven of the world’s advanced economies consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The forum offers an opportunity for G7 Leaders, Ministers and policy makers to come together each year to build consensus and set trends around some of today’s most challenging global issues.

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The sale of Palyja and Aetra: The two companies that supply drinking water in Jakarta

Since 1997, the supply of drinking water in Jakarta has been entrusted to two private operators — PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) and PT Aetra Air Jakarta (Aetra). Palyja, whose majority of shares are owned by the French company Suez Environment, manages the water distribution in the West and South of Central Jakarta, while Aetra, owned to 95% by Singapore-based Acuatico, handles the Eastern and Northern parts of Central Jakarta.

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From state to system: Financialization and the water-energy-food-climate nexus

From state to system: Financialization and the water-energy-food-climate nexus (by Jeremy J. Schmidt, Nathanial Matthews). The water-energy-food-climate nexus has risen rapidly in global water governance over the past decade. This article examines the role of global financial networks in articulating the nexus and in connecting it to sustainability programs. It provides new insights into critical engagements with the nexus that, to date, have focused predominantly on water security and governance.

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Water Justice Toolkit "Public Water for All". Part 3: Public Financing. Ensuring just and sustainable water infrastructure.

The water justice toolkit is the joint effort of organizations and grassroots groups from around the world, that are loosely connected through the global water justice movemen. This document challenges the myths surrounding private financing and outlines some key considerations for community activists and decision makers seeking to promote or protect fair public financing models for water and sanita - tion services. While this document provides an overview of strategies for public financing that are working for local governments around the world, it is clear there is much work to be done globally in order to establish equitable tax regimes to allow for independent self-sustaining public financing models.

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Water Justice Toolkit "Public Water for All". Part 2: Public-Community Partnerships in Latin America: An alternative vision for improving the water sector

The water justice toolkit is the joint effort of organizations and grassroots groups from around the world, that are loosely connected through the global water justice movement. "Public Water for All" is the first module of the toolkit and includes tools to support local campaigns to defend and reclaim public water and sanitation services. In this report, the term “public” signifies a commons-based management system, which treats water as belonging to no one, the sustainable management of water resources as the responsibility of all.

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Water Justice Toolkit "Public Water for All". Part 1: Remunicipalization: a practical guide for communities and policy makers

The water justice toolkit is the joint effort of organizations and grassroots groups from around the world, that are loosely connected through the global water justice movement. "Public Water for All" is the first module of the toolkit and includes tools to support local campaigns to defend and reclaim public water and sanitation services. This guide is designed to give local activists and decision makers a better understanding of this growing trend, and provide some strategies about how to move forward with local remunicipalization campaigns.

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