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Municipal Services Project Blog

June 30, 2014
Public water systems, including community-based water systems, were back in operation immediately after the typhoon to re-establish basic services, repair damages to facilities and reconnect people to potable water supply. Beyond these immediate needs, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts toward building better public water systems (including community-based ones) are now focusing on climate resiliency.
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May 22, 2014
En el Estado español cada vez más ciudadanos se están transformando en agentes activos a favor de un cambio de modelo energético basado en energías renovables y democráticas, convirtiéndose así en productores de su propia energía a pesar de políticas retrógradas en el país.
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May 13, 2014
Public sector unions have mounted powerful and innovative campaigns to protect the commons. Lessons learned? Resistance must take place at many levels, local know-how of both workers and users is key, and looking at the internal running of the public sector is part of democracy-driven transformation.
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May 8, 2014
In Caracas, Venezuela, residents and the state water utility are redefining what it means to make water services public. They've formed committees in their neighbourhoods and through regular meetings with utility staff, they hold the company accountable, proving that they – not government “experts” – know what’s best for their communities.
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March 10, 2014
Gustavo Petro could be banned from politics for 15 years for trying to bring waste management back into the public sector. But reverting to privatization is bad policy for three reasons: it results in drops in recycling rate; it increases poverty among waste pickers; and it raises costs.
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January 6, 2014
GWOPA is a small, pro-public ship on a rough, pro-private ocean, but it is an important institution that has the potential to create meaningful networks, conduct critical research, and build links between governments, unions and communities.
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November 29, 2013
The task: Re-imagining public services and their meaning for the people, exposing the multiple ways of their appropriation by neoliberal forces, and suggesting possible alternatives to privatization. The international conference held in Bangalore on Oct. 24-25 provided a snapshot of significant debates.
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October 14, 2013
Promoting health insurance models in the name of 'universal health coverage' is not helpful and risks driving up inequality. Oxfam argues that funding health care through tax and aid is the fairest way to ensure that people receive care according to their need and contribute according to their means.
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May 17, 2013
As world leaders prepare to gather for the 66th World Health Assembly on May 20, social movements are questioning the market-friendly version of universal health coverage it is promoting. One organization, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, is denouncing India’s emulation of this UHC strategy, which uncritically endorses the private medical sector and focuses on health insurance schemes.
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April 16, 2013
Berliner Energietisch is organizing a referendum initiative to remunicipalize the electricity grid and create a public, democratic energy utility in Berlin, Germany. Its slogan “ecological-social-democratic” names the three key principles behind the campaign to buy back the city’s electricity grid from the current owner, a subsidiary of Swedish corporatized public energy company Vattenfall.
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