Water is life, but it is also big business. Over the last 20 years activists and scholars have noted an alarming rise in the financialization of water; that is, water, and the infrastructure to manage and deliver it, is made into something that financiers can invest in to make a profit while ignoring the underlying […]
Books & Reports
Books and reports covering a wide range of water related topics.
SDG6: Water and sanitation are fundamental services, privatization is not a means of implementation!
The ambition and breadth of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda has been the object of both praise and ridicule. Some have scoffed at the sheer number of initiatives, describing the 17-goal and 169-target plan as the “leave no target behind” agenda. In addition, the global development plan was produced by a range of actors […]
Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018: Exploring new policy pathways How to overcome obstacles and contradictions in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda Chapter 6 – (Re)municipalization of water – the right way towards achieving SDG Written By Meera Karunananthan, Blue Planet Project, and Satoko Kishimoto, Transnational Institute Full report (pdf, 3,5 MB) E-book (epub, 3,4 […]
The Fall of Prepaid Water Meters in Ghana: An account of civil society organizations’ campaign for human right to water
A new report by the Water Citizens’ Network in Ghana traces the history of resistance to pre-paid water metres and the successful campaign to stop the Ghanaian government’s most recent attempts to implement metering schemes. The report argues that the government’s latest initiative – a direct result of pressures from the World Bank and International […]
Our Right to Water: Assessing progress five years after the UN recognition of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation
On July 28, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a historic resolution recognizing the human rights to water and sanitation as “essential for the full enjoyment of the right to life.” This paper examines what has transpired in the five years since these resolutions were adopted and what remains to be done.