Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

Areas of work

Advocating for the rights to water and sanitation

The rights to water and sanitation is the most important theme for the network and from the early days of its inception FAN has been lobbying for governments to recognize water and sanitation as a human rights.

Water, Climate Change and the environment

FAN works in partnership with the Water and Climate Coalition (WCC) to ensure the UNFCCC outcomes clearly recognize the importance of water.

Sustainable development 

FAN was originally conceived to bring together the environmental and WASH agendas, essential for supporting sustainble development. Read about FAN's history of engagement in the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.

Governance and transparency

2008 saw the launch of a five-year governance and transparency programme, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and coordinated by FAN Global and WaterAid.


Through international action such as this year's Keep Your Promises campaign FAN Global is calling on decision makers to stick to the pledges they have made on sanitation and water.

World Water Forum 

Over the years, FAN has supported members to make their voices heard at this forum, the largest water event in the world. 

Stockholm Water Week

FAN supports members to raise the profile of their work through attending this key learning and networking event. 

Influencing the World Bank

FAN's work to develop members’ understanding of how civil society can engage with the World Bank.

WASH Advocacy Challenge

In collaboration with WASH Advocates and the Avina Foundation, FAN Global is running the WASH Advocacy Challenge, a small grants programme which aims to improve water and sanitation policy by providing direct support to grassroots organizations to hold service providers to account in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


Regional activities

To replace out more about what each the regional networks and FAN members are up to, please visit the regional pages: