The WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Public Services International (PSI) in April 2015. See the Text of the Cooperation Agreement below.
Signature of the Cooperation Agreement
The Cooperation Agreement was signed by Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of the PSI, and José Esteban Castro, Coordinator of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network, during the 11th PSI Inter-American Regional Conference (IAMRECON) that took place in Mexico City on 20 April 2015.
Text of the Cooperation Agreement
COOPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PUBLIC SERVICES INTERNATIONAL (PSI) AND THE WATERLAT-GOBACIT NETWORK
The Public Services International (PSI) and the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network agree to cooperate in the development of research projects, teaching and training, publications, organization of events, and other activities of mutual interest connected with the politics and management of water and water and sanitation services. We have identified several thematic areas and problems of mutual interest where we want to consolidate and deepen the relationship between our institutions through concrete activities.
THEMATIC AREAS AND PROBLEMS OF MUTUAL INTEREST
- The democratization of water politics and management in all aspects
- The struggles against the politics of commodification and privatization of water resources and essential water and sanitation services
- The challenge of developing an ethic of defence of public and community interests withing public service utilities, labour unions, and other relevant public sector organizations
- The development of alternatives to the prevailing policies that seek to maintain and deepen a development model that privileges economic growth and private capital accumulation at the expense of the destruction of the material bases of societies and the dispossession of human communities from their territories, waters, and living conditions
- The formulation and implementation of public policies oriented by the ideal of equality in the access to services that are essential for life, such as the universalization of access to basic water and sanitation services of adequate quality
- The struggle to protect the wide range of social actors, community members, labour unionists, environmental activists, academics, and others who face condition that threaten their physical wellbeing as a result of their defence of public and community interests, human rights, and the protection of water sources that constitute the basis of life
This is an area of strategic activity for the relationship between the PSI and the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network, as we consider that the production of knowledge constitutes the basis for effective action in the areas of common interest that have been identified. We aim to:
- Jointly seek sources of finance for research projects in the thematic areas and on the problems of common interest
- Build stable research teams in association with the academic institutions that are members of the Network
- Develop an agenda of research priorities focused on the thematic areas and the problems of common interest, with clear objectives and well defined targets
- Develop a publications strategy oriented at influencing diverse publics, adapting the message and the format of the publications to this purpose. Among other vehicles we propose
o A dedicated section of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network Working Papers Series
o Public Policy Briefs
o Press Reports
o Conventional publications (books, dossiers, etc.)
- Develop an additional strategy for dissemination and engagement of social actors that will include
o The use of the websites and other online media (e.g. Facebook) of both institutions
o The use of multimedia platforms (video, photography, etc.) through existing infrastructure (eg. The Network’s Youtube channel and Flickr photostream)
- Joint organization of events or joint participation in external events (eg. congresses, forums, etc.), for dissemination and debate.
TEACHING AND TRAINING ACTIVITIES
These activities are strategic, a complement of the research activities, and will include:
- Joint search of funding for postgraduate training at different levels, including masters, PhDs, and especializations, promoting both academic and professional training
- Bringing together research and teaching activities, for example articulating master and PhD projects with research projects (e.g. the students participanting as researchers in the projects, which provide them with a dissertation topic)