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FAN Resources eBulletin - June 2011

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

And don’t forget about FAN Global’s other recent publications: the Activist's Handbook and the World Bank Handbook. We welcome your feedback!

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Rights to water and sanitation

Integrated Water Resource Management and climate change

Governance and Transparency

Transboundary Waters

Targets for influence

Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development / UNFCCC

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What we do 

Advocacy and Influencing

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Community-Led Total Sanitation






Mobile technology

Public-Public Partnerships


Water Point Mapping

Water supply



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CIVICUS World Assembly
A global gathering for civil society, donors, governments and businesses to replace common solutions to the challenges facing humanity.

Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene
A platform for WSSCC members and professionals to facilitate learning and sharing, energize professional communities through an exclusive platform dedicated to sanitation and hygiene.

Prizes / grants / competitions

Freshwater News competitions: Capacity building - what's the impact?
There's still time to send us your submission for the FAN writing and photo competition, both of which are based on the theme - 'capacity building'.

Contest: Tell us a story for pride and a prize
The top three selected stories (in English, French or Spanish) will be awarded 50 Euros and may be published in the IRC’s Source Bulletin.

Call for candidature for the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize
Awarded to an institution, organization, individual or group of individuals in honour of outstanding achievements in any aspects of water resources. The award winner receives US$ 100,000, a trophy and a certificate.

Gates Foundation offers grants for innovative sanitation technologies
US$ 100,000 grants are available for innovative non-networked sanitation technologies for the urban poor.

Strengthening transparency, integrity and accountability: preventing corruption in water and natural resources projects - training materials
IRC has published the programme, sessions plans and background reading materials from a two-day training workshop on corruption prevention in the water sector.

IWC Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM)

Aims to equip students "with the integration, leadership and managerial skills to become part of an elite group of water leaders with sustainable and holistic solutions to global water and climate change challenges."



Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation - mandate extended
The Human Rights Council have renewed the mandate on water and sanitation for a period of three years and changed the Independent Expert Catarina Albuquerque’s title to Special Rapporteur.

Bolivia's Evo Morales calls for UN declaration against water privatisation
Bolivian President Evo Morales called on African leaders to back a proposed United Nations declaration that would block the sale of public water services to private companies.

Bolivia enshrines natural world's rights with equal status for Mother Earth
Law of Mother Earth expected to prompt radical new conservation and social measures in South American nation.

Right to water is in the Mexican constitution
The Chamber of Deputies has approved a reform to add the fourth article of the Constitution which promotes the constitutional right of access to water

IWRM and climate change

Communique of the 1st dialogue on water and climate change, Nigeria
The Dialogue on Water and Climate Change is aimed at highlighting water resources management issues in the context of climate change thereby empowering Nigeria’s water resources stakeholders to engage in national and international negotiations to ensure that water is placed on the climate agenda.

Water security & climate change special
Water security & climate change special on SciDev.Net.

South Asian experts urge for climate change adaptation
South Asian environmentalists, hydrologists, climatologists and scientists at a regional training workshop on Saturday said that climate change in conjunction with other drivers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region would have a serious impact on water accessibility, people’s vulnerability to water-fuelled hazards and socio-economics.

CONAGUA Call to Action (PDF 4.2Mb)
The National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA) has issued a call to action to continue raising awareness and increasing the common understanding on the important interdependence between the water cycle and climate change.

Governance and transparency

Integrity pacts in the water sector
The Integrity Pact is a tool developed by Transparency International (TI) to help governments, businesses and civil society intent on fighting corruption in the field of public contracting.

Privatizing water: governance failure and the world's urban water crisis
Engages with broader debates over the role of the private sector in development, the role of urban communities in the provision of “public” services, and the governance of public goods.

Transboundary waters

Wikileaks: US political interests in water issues
Leaked diplomatic cables from US embassies published to date by Wikileaks give an indication of US political interests in international water issues.

Transboundary waters section on Waterwiki
Find water and sanitation related materials, knowledge and experience from UN practitioners, agencies and their programs around the globe - and contribute your own. You can also join the COMMUNITY on LinkedIn.

Atlas of Transboundary Aquifers on the ISARM website
Atlas lists global maps, regional cooperation and local inventories. Download this and many other related resources from the Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management (ISARM) website.


Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development / UNFCCC

Newsletter - Rio+20: Making it Happen
Produced by the Rio+20 Secretariat in the Division of Sustainable Development of DESA, with input from UN System Offices and other international governmental organizations, Member States and Major Groups from around the world.
Also, replace out more about the Major Groups page

Let's take IWRM back to basics at Rio in 2012
IRC blog on the upcoming Rio+20.

Preparatory process questionnaire responses published (PDF 25Kb)
The UNCSD has released a summary of suggestions and recommendations from a questionnaire on the preparatory process undertaken by a wide range of member states, Major Groups and UN agencies.

Global Sustainability Targets - building accountability for the 21st century (PDF 284Kb)
Stakeholder Forum has produced an analysis of existing targets from global processes on sustainable development, in an effort to highlight the range of commitments that governments are obliged to achieve, and thereby enhance accountability for implementation. The document is also a useful resource for civil society advocates.

Water and Climate Coalition launches Key Asks for Bangkok negotiations (PDF 55Kb)
The Water and Climate Coalition has put together a series of 'Key Asks' for the climate change negotiations in Bangkok.

World Bank

Inside the New World Bank Strategy for Africa (PDF 3.41Mb)
In March, the World Bank launched its new Africa strategy, outlining three main areas in which it will focus its operations: competitiveness and employment, vulnerability and resilience of citizens, and governance and public sector capacity.

A roadmap for integrating human rights into the World Bank Group; WRI
Calls for the World Bank Group to integrate human rights standards into its operations. Also related to rights.

World Bank Unveiled blog
This blog comments on the structural and cultural norms of the World Bank and its effect on its mission. It analyzes whether greater transparency and accountability may increase the institution’s effectiveness and identifies internal governance reforms that may improve efficiency.

World Bank climate Investment Funds webinar
Keep up with the climate investment funds in these monthly online webinars.


The World Walks for Water demands action
World Walks for Water campaigning video for the Least Developed Countries (LDC) conference.

NGOs complain of corporate role in UN water policy
A new report reveals 'the increasingly widespread lobbying of the United Nations by transnational water corporations'.



Monitoring and evaluation

Measuring results: the demand-side revolution
Presents inspiring examples of a new approach to measuring results in NGOs, focussing on the demand-side and providing credible ways of measuring how well NGOs are achieving the results that matter to their partners and beneficiaries.

Learning how to learn: eight lessons for impact evaluations that make a difference
This Background Note outlines key lessons on impact evaluations, utilisation-focused evaluations and evidence-based policy.

Advocacy and Influencing

A resource for understanding power relations in efforts to bring about social change. contains practical and conceptual materials to help you think about how to respond to power relations within organisations and in wider social and political spaces. This resource is a collective effort, please contact them if you have something to contribute and share with others interested in power analysis.

Sharing learning
West African delegates visit Bangladesh
An example of sharing and learning between countries: WASH practitioners from Liberia and Sierra Leone visited Bangladesh in November 2010.



Drop by drop (PDF 3.29 Mb)
Understanding the impacts of the UK’s water footprint through a case study of Peruvian asparagus.

Community-Led Total Sanitation

Tales of shit: Community-Led Total Sanitation in Africa
Following its development and spread in Asia, CLTS is now being piloted in Africa. This special issue of Participatory Learning and Action issue draws on this large and growing body of experience, and includes case studies from East, Southern and West Africa.


‘Large Dams’ category on The Water Channel
Includes Uganda: Bujagali Dam: Six Stories of Resettlement and Swaziland: Resettling Maguga


Ask Source
Top 50 documents on WASH for use by development professionals focusing on disability from the Institute of Development Studies.


Embarking on global environmental governance
Thoughts on the inclusion of local governments and other stakeholders in safeguarding the global environment.


Gender Manual: A Practical Guide for Development Policy Makers and Practitioners
Gender mainstreaming from DFID.


Enabling Technologies for Handwashing with Soap
Maintained by the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), this web page provides an online reference on enabling technologies for handwashing with soap for programme managers.


The sanitation problem: what can and should the health sector do? (PDF 636Kb)
This WaterAid report has been written with the intention of providing a useful advocacy tool for engagement with the health sector.

Mobile technology

Website contains many case studies on low cost use of mobile and text messaging in advocacy, campaigning and fieldwork.

Mobile phone technology is helping to track chlorine levels in household drinking water in Haiti
An NGO is using mobile phones and electronic tags to better monitor the use of household water treatment kits serving 35,000 families in Haiti.

India, New Delhi: using Facebook and SMS to keep the city clean
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) launched its Facebook page in January 2011 and an integrated SMS service in March 2011 to enable public monitoring of garbage collection sites and public urinals/toilets in areas under its jurisdiction.

Citizens make development happen
The future of development lies in the hands of millions of citizens thanks to new technologies, includes information about project Daraja which aims to make local government more accountable to citizens in rural Tanzania, and has piloted a project in three districts enabling people to report through SMS that their well or water source is not working.

Public-Public Partnerships

Strengthening public water in Africa: South South North networked model of Public-public Partnerships (PDF 544Kb)
Explores the lessons and limitations of public-public partnerships.


Nano 'tea bag' purifies water
Scientists have reversed the action of the humble herbal tea bag to purify water on a 12px scale.

Urban water

Asia Development Bank (ADB): Learning Lessons: Urban Water Supply Sector
Independent evaluation. Disappointingly, doesn't include a any direct reference to consulting meaningfully with local communities. Also related to donors, water supply.

Water point mapping

Water Point Mapper
WaterAid have produced a simple spreadsheet which can generate Water Point Maps on its Water Point Mapper website.

Water supply
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)study on drinking water supply and sanitation services:I Ibero-American Forum on Regulation - Contribution of regulation to sustainable economic growth andquality of life of citizens (only in Spanish, PDF 500Kb) You can participate in the evaluation of this study by answering a questionnaire here


WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) JMP Task Force meeting reports
The reports of the first two Technical Task Force meetings are now available. 


Useful websites

Sanitation Updates | Indian Water Portal | IRC | Nepal WASH blog | The Water Channel | CIVICUS | WASH News international | WSSCC | WaterAid | End Water Poverty | Water and Climate Coalition

Regular newsletters

UN Freshwater Agreements Initiative | The Source | Global Waters

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