Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

Governance and transparency

In partnership with WaterAid, FAN is working in 16 countries with partners to support capacity building for local organisations towards improved governance, transparency and accountability in the sector.

This work uses the capacity, accountability and responsiveness (CAR) framework developed by the UK Department for International Development and is part of a portfolio of DFID funded initiatives that followed DFID’s 2006 white paper, ‘Making Governance Work for the Poor’ (pdf)

The report focused on what FAN members know from direct experience – that governance (the capability, accountability and responsiveness of the state) is a key component of (or obstacle to) poverty reduction. 

The report recognized that effective, well governed states protect people's rights and provide services and further articulated that such governance is not merely about the state alone, it includes the engagement between governments, civil society organizations and service providers. Building such governing relationships, the report concludes, takes time and has to come from within countries.

The report led DFID to make an innovative investment of £130 million over five years with their new initiative - the Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF).

Nearly 40 NGOs and networks (including FAN and WaterAid) working in various development and advocacy areas will share this funding. The most exciting innovation of GTF is that 85% of the funding is required to go directly to local partners in developing countries.

FAN’s has undertaken this partnership to strengthen our ability to directly support southern-based civil society through capacity building (advocacy, communication, planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation and organizational development) and sharing learning and best practice, particularly on the human rights to sanitation and water (and obstacles to the progressive realisation of these rights).

FAN is working to ensure that our partners have the tools they need to claim their rights to water and sanitation and monitor the accountable and transparent provision of services. 

Read about the partners involved and some of their key successes in Central America, East Africa and India

Read WaterAid in Uganda's governance programme newsletter (PDF 1.7Mb)

Learning from experience - rights and governance advocacy in the water and sanitation sector

The first learning document to emerge from the Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) program is an overview of the work partners have been doing around governance advocacy. It outlines how different tools have been used, describes progress made to date, highlights methods used for learning between partners and draws out some common lessons. This publication will be of practical interest to FAN members, sector stakeholders and peers.

Download Learning from experience - Rights and governance advocacy in the water and sanitation sector (PDF 1Mb)

This document is also available in Spanish (PDF 1Mb) and French (PDF 1Mb)

Learn more

Find out more about governance, monitoring and accountability on our thematic pages

Download the introduction to the programme (PDF 215Kb)