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Joint Declaration of Social Movements in Defense of Water
From March 14 to 19th, we, human beings with a holistic vision of life, activists from social movements, non-governmental organizations, and networks that struggle throughout the world in the defense of water and territory and for the commons, have shared ideas, struggles, worries and proposals. At the same time we have realized how our struggles have brought change around the world, slowing the process of water privatization. Now that we are not on the defensive, we are capable of promoting concrete proposals advancing in the life of every corner of our world.
People's properties: Communities resist 'ugly' development
Whether it is against the megadam to be built over the Narmada River in India or the Kalabagh dam between Sindh and Punjab provinces in Pakistan, communities that share a legacy of oppression, social exclusion and economic deprivation vow to resist this aggressive brand of development.
German Tenants' Perspective on Privatization of Housing
Housing is the basis for participation in the political, social and cultural life. And housing creates the conditions for peaceful coexistence of a multi-cultural society in the cities. Therefore, besides accommodation we are also speaking about active neighbourhoods and vital city districts. The market by itself is unable to organize the right to housing. The market is socially and ecologically blind. Public control in housing policy therefore is indispensable. Housing policy is and remains a political task at the level of state and municipalities.
Setting the Working Group on Globalization and Privatization of Habitat
A workshop in Bochum, Germany and a call for papers to document processes of privatization and globalization of habitat -including land, housing, utilities and the impact of free trade agreements in habitat- are the first steps for the implementation of the HIC Board decision to set of the Working Group.
Global Fundisation and Mass Privatisation of Housing
Tenants’ rights, jobs, the structure of the neighbourhoods are under pressure. By large steps the traditionally large portion of rental housing within German housing stock gets reduced. However, even the large sales of the last years only build the prelude to a much larger wave of sales and privatisation, which massively gets influenced by the increasing role international Private Equity Funds
The Global Fundisation Of Housing - First Sketch And Questions
In Germany and other European countries housing conditions are faced to rapid direct globalisation of the real estate markets. The intensity and quantity of this process is a new phenomenon at least in Germany. Habitat Net Germany is seeking contacts in order to discuss the developments, exchange information, build a common knowledge base and seek common strategies. Below find a first sketch on the situation from a German viewpoint and questions to begin a debate.
Social Housing in Russia
According to the Housing Privatisation Law almost 50% of the national housing stock was privatised. The majority of Russians have very few chances to improve their housing conditions in near years. But the most painful position the homeless refuges and forced migrants have.
Privatization of Clifton Beach
Where would the common man be in the glittering world of five-star hotels, private lagoons, shopping plazas, high-rise buildings and other urban monstrosities? What happens to the traditional donkey cart races, the congregation of youths on New Year's Eve and lakhs of common visitors who go to the Clifton beach for innocent enjoyment of sea breeze, the sandy beach and a view of the immemorial Arabian Sea. Extract from V. A. JAFAREY's letter to the daily Dawn Karachi See below details of this letter and other news items on Clifton Beach's privatization.
Growing privatization of property among reasons driving homelessness, UN rights expert says
The main concern is the phenomenon of "urban apartheid" taking place across the world, partly due to an urban gentrification process and a colossal gap in the supply of formal-sector housing. There is a lack of legal provisions to enable communities to inhabit or own land as well as a growing tendency to criminalize the homeless and the landless.
Privatization and globalization of rental housing in Germany
Tenants associations and trade unions are lobbying for conditions which will regulate privatisations of the flats.



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