Freshwater Action Network
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FAN Global eBulletin July 2013

Dear members and partners,


Welcome to FAN Global's July eBulletin, we hope this email replaces you well.


Send us your publications for the FAN Global library
We recently launched a new, more user friendly publications library on the FAN Global website, explore it for useful resources relating to our key themes. If you have any resources you'd like to share with the rest of the network relating to your own organisation or around FAN Global's key themes, please do send through!


Check your FAN Global online profile
Have you seen the online member search? The search allows you to search local members which constitute the membership of FAN Global's consortium members. You can search by name, country and area of interest.


And check your organisational page or, if you are not yet listed, send us some information so that we can promote your work to a wider audience!


Marc Faux joins FAN Global team 
FAN Global was delighted to welcome Marc Faux to the team in April, you can read a short biography online.


2011-12 FAN Global annual report
The year leading up to FAN Global independence was a busy year for FAN Global. As well as completing an overhaul of the governance and management arrangements for our independence, two major global conferences, the World Water Forum and Rio+20, saw FAN Global members vigorously advocating grassroots concerns and championing the rights to water and sanitation.


Quick links to content below:
Post-MDGs &
Governance and transparency
Rights to water and sanitation









Keeping up the pressure on water and sanitation in the post-2015 development framework process

It's been a busy few months for civil society engaging in the complex processes that will influence the post 2015 development framework.

Here's a quick overview of our activities up to now:

Take action!
The run up to the next milestone which takes place in September 2013 with the Special Event of the President of the General Assembly and the High-level Political Forum, is a crucial time for influencing decision makers. We are encouraging FAN Global members and partners to concentrate your efforts on two actions - writing to your government to call for universal goal on WASH and to helping us to reach 1 million signatures on the Keep Your Promises petition which has so far reached 850,000 signatures.


World Walks for Water 2013 photo highlights
22 March 2013 was World Water Day and many members used the day to carry out advocacy to tackle the world's water and sanitation crisis. See just a small selection of their photo highlights.

Keep Your Promises petition reached 850,000 – help us get to 1 million!
The culmination of the Keep Your Promises campaign will take place at the UN MDG Summit in New York in September 2013 with a petition hand in calling on decision makers to stick to the pledges they have made on sanitation and water. Sign up and add your voice to the campaign which you can download and edit to make relevant to your local or national context for use in your national campaign too! Sign up online.


Governance and transparency programme learning resources
Keep an eye out for an upcoming series of learning tools from our Governance and Transparency Fund programme. FAN Global and its members have been partnering on this five-year programme which has been building the capacity of local organisations to improve governance, transparency and accountability in the sector. In the mean time, check out the capacity needs assessment tool produced by the programme to identify capacity needs or watch a video on improving Governance and Transparency in Water and sanitation in Uganda  in which community members are demanding accountability from water and sanitation service providers, local leaders and policy makers.


Special Rapporteur's handbook on the implementation of the human rights to water and sanitation
Since 2010 when the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation were reaffirmed in international law, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water has been receiving repeated requests to provide guidance from States (national and local), service providers, regulators and others, to clarify what this human right would imply for their work and activities. We will be collecting inputs from civil society on the content of the resource. If you would like to contribute, keep an eye out in the email lists or get in touch to replace out more.


The African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation

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CSOs track progress on WASH commitments
East African CSOs organized the first civil society East Africa CSO Forum on WASH from 16th to 18th April 2013 in Kampala, Uganda, which brought together over 47 civil cociety representatives to track progress on commitments made during the High Level Meeting. FAN Global Trustee and ANEW member Doreen Wandera pictured here addressing the audience (picture credit: WSSCC).

ANEW welcomes new staff member: Balkissa Ide Siddo
In April, ANEW welcomed Balkissa Ide Siddo as the new Information and Communications Officer. Balkissa has been instrumental in reinvigorating ANEW’s communications. She speaks French and English and has a strong background in campaigning, advocacy, marketing and communications in both the private and non profit sectors.

ANEW and the post-MDG process
ANEW has been engaged in the post-2015 thematic consultations both at regional and continental level and took part in the Africa-wide stakeholder consultative process on post 2015 water agenda in Tunis at the beginning of March 2013. ANEW led the FAN Global call  to the UN Panel of eminent persons to consider water in the final post 2015 goals. The letter was shared with AMCOW, the AUC and also sent out to the UN panel, the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture and the UNICEF Head of Water and Sanitation in New York who have been coordinating the thematic consultation and to AMCOW Executive Secretary.

AU Ban on civil society participation in summit
ANEW and its civil society partners responded to the African Union's restriction of public engagement in its 21st AU Summit which it believes is contrary to the underpinning principles of the African Union — as demonstrated in the AU’s Constitutive Act — which was conceived as a union of all African people.

11th AMCOW Executive Committee meeting
ANEW participated in the 11th AMCOW Executive Committee meeting in Cairo, Egypt, from 3rd to 4th May, 2013 in which AMCOW's work plan and initiatives were presented and discussed with the lead partners including ANEW.

FAN South America


FANAS member case studies
FANAS is building up a library of member case studies to facilitate learning and best practice amongst its membership. The latest additions (in Spanish) include a write up of the community-based water management work carried out by Vereda La Vuelta del Ocobo - ASALVO, an association of aqueduct users in Colombia. In addition, there are two case studies from IIED-AL; one looking at the Water Safety Plan (WSP) of Salta Argentina - carried out by INNOVA, a foundation for innovation and technology transfer - and another on IIED-AL's innovative technology for island water supply

Influencing the Inter-American Bank
FANAS is taking part in the IDB's 'ConSoc' initiative which aims to build a space for dialogue and consultation for CSOs and the Bank's work.

Championing the environment in Civilian 20
After participating in the G8/G20 meeting in Moscow, FANAS was invited to take part in a new platform called Civilian 20 (
C20). The platform seeks to facilitate the dialogue between governments and civil society.

Support civil society in Colombia
FANAS member CPS has been supporting civil society organizations working on community water systems to work with local governments and public agencies.

Picture: Water storage drums used by islanders in the Tigre delta to collect water when visiting the mainland, credit:  IIED-AL

FAN Central America

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Nuestra agua
Over 300 participants from Central America, Mexico and South America attended the the global water fair which FANCA, FAN Mexico and FANAS co-organised to raise awareness of
community water management. A World Walks for Water campaign march was held during the event, which is pictured here in this stunning photo, taken by FANCA's Communications Officer Andres Mora, who won 'most artistic photo' in End Water Poverty's campaign photo competition. 

Launch of new environmental alliance in Costa Rica
The Alliance of environmental networks (Alianza de Redes Ambientales - ARA), was launched on 30 May in Costa Rica. This initiative brings together the major environmental networks in the country, including FANCA, ANDA, FECON and Encuentro bajo la Ceiba, to coordinate action and planning in support of the environment.

Justice for Jairo Mora
Jorge Mora, FANCA Regional Coordinator, blogs on the murder of environmental activist and biologist Jairo Mora, calling for justice and your support. Read FANCA's statement in Spanish on their website

Advocacy training in Honduras
BothEnds and FANCA are running strategic advocacy training for
civil society organisations in Honduras to increase their capacity and empower them to develop their own advocacy strategies. Content includes: participation, strategy planning and analysis, media outreach and monitoring and evaluation.

El Salvador General Water Law advances in Congress
The Committee for the Environment and Climate Change has approved 90 articles of El Salvador’s General Water Law. This breakthrough includes the recognition of water as a national asset for public use, the recognition of the human right to water, a ban on privatization, water as a vital and vulnerable common good and the
prioritization of water for domestic consumption.

FAN Mexico

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WASH in schools project
FAN Mexico is collaborating on a WASH in schools project which integrates the human right to water and sanitation in six middle schools in the state of Morelos and is funded by the IFC Initiative 'Access to Water for All'.

Influencing new rights to water and sanitation law
FAN Mexico has been developing a campaign strategy to influence Mexico's General Water Law which is a result of the recent recognition of the right to water and sanitation in the Mexican Constitution

Nuestra Agua 2013 water fair
The Nuestra Agua 2013 Fair in Nicaragua, promoted the visibility of community water management groups and created a space to share and learn.

FAN Mexico joins Alliance for the Food Health
FAN Mexico has joined the Alliance for the Food Health to support efforts to improve drinking stations in schools, places of work and public spaces.

FAN South Asia

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Regional sanitation campaign launched
FANSA members joined the hundred of thousands of people who mobilised around this year's World Walks for Water campaigning event to demand political change and to call on governments to keep their promises on water and sanitation. A Citizens' Forum kicked off the regional South Asian campaigning activities in March. Ramisetty Murali, FANSA Convenor and member of Regional Campaign Coordination Team, is pictured here opening the forum.

SAARC Secretary General applauds Citizens’ Charter
The regional South Asian Sanitation campaign called upon all SAARC governments to work collectively under SAARC to adopt and present to the UN General Assembly a common position on the inclusion of targets and indicators for achieving universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene services by 2030 within the post 2015 development framework.

Women’s WASH advocacy group launched
FAN Nepal supported the set up and launch of a WASH advocacy group for women called MAITREE. This group will raise the voice of the marginalized women communities to ensure their rights in the access to WASH in the country.

Lawyers join hands to promote WASH
Farzana Bhatti, who was nominated by
FANSA Pakistan as a WASH advocate, has championed the influence of young lawyers in Pakistan in the first ever initiative to harness the influence of lawyers for better water and sanitation provision.

Regional study on equity and inclusion
FANSA is undertaking a research project focusing on equity and inclusion in the implementation of sanitation projects in order to review the SACOSAN IV declaration commitments.

Celebrating National Urine Day
On 14 June, FAN Nepal members observed the first ever Urine Friendly Day in Nepal which raised awareness about the benefits of urine as
fertilizer at both domestic and community level. Representatives from government, non-government, community and the media attended an event to mark the day which coincided with Sithi Nakha, an annual festival related to cleansing of water sources in the Newari community.

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