Specialization Course

Politics and management of water and basic water and sanitation services

This Specialization Course forms part of the activities envisaged by the Cooperation Agreement between the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network and the Public Services International (PSI). The Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO), the Jesuit University of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, provides technical support and will grant the Certificate of Specialization to the successful candidates.

The course is oriented at workers from a) public or community water and sanitation companies, including cooperatives, b) water-related public bodies (regulatory agencies, government departments, etc.), or c) civil society organizations operating in the sector (such as associations of public, community and cooperative providers of water and sanitation services, user associations, etc.).

The overall objective of the course is contributing to enhancing the knowledge about the challenges and opportunities facing the workers of public, community and cooperative water and sanitation services, governments, regulators, and users of water and essential water services, in the face of changing socio-economic and political contexts. Among other issues, the course will address the impact of the prevailing “politics of inequality”, which are a major obstacle for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals for water and water and sanitation services in 2030. It will consider the political, physical-natural, and technical aspects of the global “water crisis”, the contributions of complexity thinking to the activities of water government and management, the geopolitics of water, class, gender, and ethnic structural inequalities related to water and water services, neoliberal water politics (privatization, commodification, the contradictions and shortcomings of “regulating” privatized utilities, the contradictions of the “human right to water and sanitation”, etc.), social struggles over structural water inequalities, injustices, and violences committed against users, workers, communities, etc., and the development of democratic alternatives for the effective organization of the government and management of water and essential water services, among other topics. The course is inter- and transdisciplinary, bringing together theoretical and empirical contributions from technical, social and humanistic disciplines, as well as from practical experiences in water and water services activities.

In 2019 we run it as a Pilot Course, limited to members of workers unions affiliated to the Public Services International (PSI). The Pilot Course will be evaluated, and we expect to confirm it as a regular course afterwards. For additional information, check this page regularly or e-mail the Network’s Secretary.