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Waiting for water. The experiencie of poor communities in Bombay
Towards social equity through low cost sanitation. The Sulabh-Government Parnership
Towards less ecologically damaging patterns of urban development
There is an urgent need to combine developmental concerns with local and global environmental concerns in urban areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America, especially around: i) much improved provision for water, sanitation and drainage; ii) transport and land use management that keep down the costs of land for housing and ensure settlement patterns that are less dependent on private car use; and iii) residential developments that rely far less on carbon-based fuel for heating or cooling.
World Water Day
The idea of water wars to follow soon in the wake of oil wars has been around as another doomsday scenario for a while. But a dismissal of the scenario as something that has not materialised, and will not, has meant also an under-rating of the potential for conflict that continues to float around water sharing.
22 March: World Water Day
This year's theme highlights the increasing significance of water scarcity worldwide and the need for increased integration and cooperation to ensure sustainable, efficient and equitable management of scarce water resources, both at international and local levels.
A new network: Clean Water for all!
Despite the devastating record of water privatisations in Africa, international aid donors and governments continue to promote participation as the solution to Africa's water crisis, says African Water Network organiser Al Hassan Adam.
IFI loans and the failure of urban development
Between 1976 and 2003, the government of Pakistan has taken loans from International Financial Institutions (IFIs) for urban development projects. These loans amount to US$ 1,472.44 million (Rs 88.346 billion) and most of them have been for water and sanitation projects. They have multiplied over the years due to the devolution of the rupee and interest. These loans were identified through technical assistance for which an additional US$ 16.95 million (Rs 1.017 billion) was provided. Technical assistance includes development of human resources and the capacity building of relevant government institutions.
Social movements' declaration on water at the WSF Caracas 2006
Building on the work of meetings of previous years, social movements involved in the struggles for the rights to water and against its commoditisation from across the world met at the World Social Forum in Caracas. They succeeded in pooling the work of various workshops and built a common platform which examined regional issues within a global understanding of water.
Mexican Organisations for the Right to Water
The below signing organizations have decided to work on a shared basis in the context imposed by the IV World Water Forum to be held on March 2006, an event that articulates the interests of huge multinational enterprises and multilateral banks. On such occasion, we want to put on the water policy debate a social, cultural and spiritual perspective, in order to take into account the human right to water and its democratic, sustainable and fair management as a vital element, a view that inspires the following statement:
UN expert finds corruption and suspect land grabs affecting the poor in Cambodia
Large-scale land grabbing in Cambodia, inadequate legal protection for tenants, poor water and sanitation, and bias against women and indigenous people are among the major issues cited by a United Nations human rights expert on housing after a visit to the South-East Asian country.



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