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People centred rights based approach to improve transparency, accountability and responsiveness in the WASH sector. Introducing Freshwater Action Network (FAN) – linking the local to the global Rights based approaches for improving governance and accountability at the local level.

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Introducing freshwater action network fan linking the local to the global

People centred rights based approach to improve transparency, accountability and responsiveness in the WASH sector


Introducing freshwater action network fan linking the local to the global






People and rights
People and rights local to the global

  • Global recognition of the right to water and sanitation

  • Right to life in the India Constitution

  • Organising and empowering people around issues of WASH

  • Capacity building on policies, institutional arrangements and budgets

  • Improving negotiation skills and confidence building


Using the right to information rti
Using the right to information (RTI) local to the global

Formation of people’s committees in rural villages with very poor and marginalised tribal communities

Provision of information on entitlements and provisions due from government to communities

Comprehensive training on RTI so communities fully understand their entitlements, the law and how to make requests for information


Some other strategies
Some other strategies local to the global

Integrating WASH in the rural employment guarantee scheme (MGNREGS)

Using the right to education to ensure WASH in schools


Leadership and co operation
Leadership and co-operation local to the global

  • Identify transformational leadership at all levels

  • Support officials and politicians understand WASH and peoples rights

  • Institutionalise formal platforms, especially for women and marginalised groups


Crsd s approach
CRSD’s approach local to the global

  • Work with leaders of the poorest of the poor at the local and at the State level

  • Create platforms using government offices and government staff as resources

  • People collectively raising their issues

  • Rights Based Approach is a transformational process

  • RBA is a sustainable approach which increases transparency and responsiveness


Impact and value for money
Impact and value for money local to the global

Communities in 17 villages in Warangal District secured 28million Indian rupees from government for 10,313 household latrines

Government responsiveness to advocacy petitions has increased from 33% to 78% in 162 villages in Anantapur District

The learning and empowerment that communities gain here leads to their ability to claim their rights in other sectors including in health, education, work, food security and other basic rights.


Introducing freshwater action network fan linking the local to the global

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