Freshwater Action Network
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FANSA receives recognition for governance work

Ramisetty Murali, Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) Convenor, was awarded a certificate of appreciation for FANSA's successful governance work at the Governance and Transparency Fund Big Meeting in May.

FANSA impressed partners with its project which established a systematic process across 100 villages under the water and sanitation school program and thrust good governance issues onto the sector. It empowered communities by educating school children, teachers and the community members on how to raise their concerns and issues, question the authorities and demand for intervention to ensure facilities at the grassroots.
 
The project engaged community leaders in gathering grassroots data on water and sanitation interventions and coverage. This was then compared to government records which were accessed through the right to information act in India. It revealed the stark contrast between the ground reality and official records which allowed communities to challenge the relevant authorities.

Murali says:

"The FANSA governance project established a systematic process across 100 villages under a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) school programme that thrust in raising the good governance issues in the WASH sector. It empowered the communities educating through the school children, treachers and the community members in the villages and make them able to raise their concerns and issues, question the authorities and demand for the intervention to ensure the watsan facilities at the grassroots." 

"FANSA is proud to be on the track in making progress on the stated objectives of governance and transparency programme, which aims to improve governance, transparency and accountability in the water sector, at the regional and global level. But at the same time we need to scale up and accelerate the work that we have been doing." 
 
The project engaged community leaders in gathering grassroots data on water, sanitation and hygiene interventions and coverage which was compared to the government records accessed through the exercise of right to information act in India. It revealed the ground reality that allowed communities to challenge the authorities and hold them to account.

For more information, email Murali Ramisetty, FANSA Convenor.