Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

FANSA achievements 2010-11

In the second year of a programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development which is focused on ‘Promoting civil society engagement and the right to water’, FAN South Asia has demonstrated some landmark achievements.

The Nepal – Bangladesh visit was very motivating and gave us lots of ideas

At the regional level, FANSA used its seat on the official steering committee of SACOSAN and the Inter Country Working Group (ICWG) to successfully influence the agenda of SACOSAN IV and secur e adequate space for meaningful civil society participation FANSA’s four national networks, 18 sub national networks and more than 400 members have also been busy this year. Many members attended SACOSAN IV, alongside other grassroots organizations, to call for governments to address the life threatening state of sanitation and hygiene affecting the nearly one billion people in the region.

At the global level, FANSA saw many of its members representing civil society at high level policy forums, documented through blogs and articles on the website: Tanveer Arif of SCOPE Pakistan at COP16: Hilda Grace Coelho of FANSA India at the World Water Forum VI preparatory meeting; Ramisetty Murali of FANSA secretariat at the UK Parliament; Yakub Hossain, Executive Director of FANSA Bangladesh on the SWA steering committee and Lajana of FAN Nepal at the UN civil society consultation on the Millennium Development Goals in New York.

In Nepal, FAN South Asia (FANSA) are leading a CSO coalition which successfully lobbied for the right to water to be included in Nepal’s new draft constitution.

It gave me a rare opportunity to meet organizations outside my country

Last September, FAN Nepal and FAN Bangladesh came together to share knowledge and experiences during a four day exchange visit. Nine FAN Nepal members visited water and sanitation projects in Dhaka's slums and learnt about how the city was adapting to climate
change, taking away ideas to use in their own cities.

"The Nepal – Bangladesh visit was very motivating and gave us lots of ideas," says Kulmani Devkota, a member of FANSA Nepal's National Committee, "It gave me a rare opportunity to meet organizations outside my country. We shared our concerns about various issues, especially impacts of climate change on the water and sanitation sector, which gave us a
better understanding of each others’ problems."