The objective of the World Water Alternative Forum (WWAF) – in French, Forum Alternatif Mondial de l’Eau (FAME) – is to create a concrete alternative to the World Water Forum (WWF) which is organized by the World Water Council. This Council is a mouthpiece for transnational companies and the World Bank and they falsely claim to head the global governance of water.
For several years, different civil society movements have fought side by side for water conservation and citizen management of water. Activists have created platforms, propositions and campaigns from the Alternative Forum in Florence in 2003, to the 2009 Alternative Forum in Istanbul, to the 2012 Alternative Forum in Marseille, to the 2018 Alternative Forum in Brasília and within World Social Forums such as those in Porto Alegre, Caracas, Nairobi, Belem, Tunis and Montreal. These gatherings helped solidify the movement to reappropriate water, a communal resource which belongs to all of humanity.
The 2022 people’s Alternative World Water Forum in Dakar offers the opportunity to learn, to mobilize and to organize and unite human right to water struggles in Africa with other anti privatisation struggles across the globe. In Dakar, and for participants who will join virtually from around the world, water activists will continue challenging and resisting water privatisation. Activists gathering in Dakar recognise that the struggle for water is an intersectional, internationalist struggle that needs a solid anti-capitalist, people-centered and feminist orientation. Activists will join hands and voices with communities in Senegal, Africa and across the world to strengthen the water justice network and movement (see the draft forum programme for more).
This forum is co-organized by the CGLTE-OA in cooperation with Senegalese Social Forum.