Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

October 2010

Human rights ... rights-based approaches - what's it all about?

On Monday and Tuesday I attended a WaterAid workshop on rights-based approaches. Although it is impossible to sum up two days of conversations, there were a few key questions that I thought everyone should either have the answers to, or know where to start looking.

Hunger strike against mining reaches day 11

The hunger strike among a group of environmentalists against the Presidential Palace in Costa Rica to require the government to repeal a decree that would allow the construction of a mine in the Crucitas area, north of the country, reached day 11 today.

Former Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, to Chair the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

The Steering Committee of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) today elected Professor Anna Tibaijuka, Former Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, as its new Chair. Prof.

The Great Stink — The Thames River and the Right to Sanitation

Today is blog action day – thousands of bloggers from more than one hundred countries are all blogging about the same thing. This year that topic is water. Even for those of us who are networked everyday on this issue – this is still quite an event! As I type these words I feel a sort of extra solidarity – knowing that people who do not necessarily work on or think about these issues every day are today putting their brain power into it.

FANCA member’s struggle reaches UK media

I was interested to read Bitter fruit: The truth about supermarket pineapple, in the Guardian newspaper last Saturday (October 3, 2010)...

ANEW Learning Forum Participants in their own words

Below two ANEW members have their say while at the Learning Forum. While at the Learning Forum I was able to interview several other participants, but with regrets, these videos did not turn out.

ANEW Learning Forum a great success!

photo of a group of workers on the sand

All last week I spent learning and sharing with African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW) members from across Africa (above)  at the ANEW hosted Learning Forum on Equity and

ANEW Learning Forum - participants in their own words

Below two ANEW members have their say while at the Learning Forum. While at the Learning Forum I was able to interview several other participants, but with regrets, these videos did not turn out. Apologies to all as I am still learning to work the camera!

We celebrate the rights to water and sanitation

I mentioned a previous post how at the end of the ANEW Learning Forum on Equity and Inclusion we celebrated the

ANEW Learning Forum — opening remarks

Below please find my message to the ANEW Learning Forum as it kicked off in Dar es Salaam last week (shortened slightly).