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The Municipal Services Project is launching two books that make the case for services to be publicly delivered.

The first, Remunicipalization: Putting Water Back into Public Hands, was highlighted at the recent Alternative World Water Forum in Marseille, France. It tells the stories of local and national governments working to end water privatization contracts.

The book devotes a chapter to the story of Hamilton, Ontario’s failed water privatization experiment, as well as profiling case studies from France, Tanzania, Argentina, and Malaysia. The book’s in-depth approach to both the remunicipalization, and the lessons learned, makes it a valuable resource for water activists.

The second book, Alternatives to Privatization: Public Options for Essential Services in the Global South, takes a look at successful public delivery models for health, water and electricity services in more than 40 countries in the global South.

Both books are being launched in Ottawa on May 23 by co-editor David A. McDonald of the Municipal Services Project, and Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow.

The Municipal Service Project explores alternatives to the privatization and commercialization of electricity, health, water and sanitation services in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is composed of academics, labour unions, non-governmental organizations, social movements and activists from around the globe.