Water and sanitation

Indonesian PDAMs in WaterLinks WOPS / Twinnings

Six (6) Indonesian water/wastewater utilities have participated as ‘recipient’ twins in 7 wateroperators partnerships (WOPs) financed by WaterLinks. Established in 2008, WaterLinks is aregional network that helps build the capacity of Asia?Pacific water utilities to improve servicecoverage, delivery, financial sustainability, and other aspects of their performance. WaterLinks issupported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United States Agency for International

More fun in the Philippines without ADB

Info on union (AGWWAS) harassment due to opposition to proposed ADB water loan to Metro Cebu Water District in Philippines, with media coverage of union actions. (March 2012)

ADB’s Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project – Philippines: AGWWAS’ perspective

AGWWAS union issues on proposed ADB water supply project in Philippines, presented to ADB on 30 April 2012, at ADB Headquarters, Manila, and ADB response (9 May 2012)

Monitoring MWSS privatization: Water Rates

The management of Manila’s water and sewerage distribution system (MWSS) was privatized in August 1997 in what has largely been touted as a ‘successful’ water privatization, and the largest to date in the Asia-Pacific region.  The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private sector arm, was adviser to the privatization, which resulted in two 25-year concessions (east and west) competitively bid.

Public sector reforms in Asia

Contains: PSI’s position on public sector reforms (New Public Management; Privatisation, PPP, PFIs; Outsourcing or contracting out; Cost-cutting budget constraints; Performance pay and performance management); Other modes of PSR (Decentralization; Separation of Policymaking and Service Delivery; Emergence of e-government; Job losses, austerity measures due to global economic crisis); World Bank review of PSR; Reasserting the public in public services;  ADB-supported PSR in power, water, health, education sectors; Union actions in PSR

IFC: using development funds for profit

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is a part of the World Bank Group which invests money in projects involving private companies. It openly promotes privatisation in many sectors. Recent activity invcludes:

Suez, E.on and others: prosecuted and fined for cartels, coverups, illegal agreements

Water and energy multinationals have been fined and/or investigated by the European Commission for a number of competition offences. These include possible attempts to cover up evidence of wrong-doing.

Campaign against water privatisation in Italy gets 1 million signatures

The Italian campaign against water privatisation -  Forum Italiano dei Movimenti per l’Acqua - collected over a million signatures in 2 months in support of a demand for a referendum to prevent the privatisation of water services.The campaign is organised and supported by hundreds of organisations and bodies, including water operators, community and releigious organisations, and the Italian trade unions.

WB-Castalia report for Metro Iloilo Water District (Philippines)

Oct 09 Final report of Castalia consultants which will be basis of privitization of MIWD thru PPP. Board of Directors now in the process of signing a MOA with IFC for the conduct of the feasibility study.
Executive Summary:

INDIA: Karnataka to seek WB funds

June 2010 – The Karnataka government is in the process of seeking additional funds from the World Bank for development works like creation of sewage and drinking water system in the new areas of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) or the Greater Bangalore City Corporation. The BBMP was created in 2007 by merging eight urban local bodies with the then Bangalore City Corporation. At present, there are 198 wards in BBMP and most of them lack basic civic amenities.

Reform of the Urban Water Supply in Southern China

The Reform of the Urban Water Supply in Southern China  2010 June 15
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 casued by water privatization in Southern China.

Macquarie sponsors OECD reports on infrastructure

OECD published two major reports in 2006 and 2007. One "Infrastructure to 2030:Telecom, Land Transport, Water and Electricity" was a wideranging overview about the prospects for private investments in infrastructure sectors to 2030; the other ""Infrastructure to 2030: Mapping Policy for Electricity, Water and Transport" was a specific review of policy-making in relation to this. they can both be downloaded from:

Remunicipalisation of Water: Potsdam and Grenoble

The recomunalisation of water provision – Reflections on two different cases
Provides two case study of privatized water services returned to public hands, in Potsdam and Grenoble. Paper presented at the workshop "The Public: Alternatives to Privatisation" during the European Summer University of Attac, 1st to 6th August 2008, Saarbru?cken.

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