Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

April 2011

CSO coalition response to SACOSAN-IV, Colombo Declaration

Freshwater Action Network (FANSA), WaterAid and Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) welcome The Colombo Declaration, which outlines ministerial commitments made in the SACOSAN-IV, and are pleased to see that it reflects much of the declaration of the Pre-SACOSAN-IV Consultation Meeting of CSOs.

Follow events at SACOSAN IV

A comprehensive list of resources relating to SACOSAN IV.

Make this conference count

Governments must make good on their commitments

As the fourth South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN IV, 4-7 April 2011) kicks off in Colombo, Sri Lanka, FANSA and coalition partners WaterAid and WSSCC are presenting a unified call to South Asian governments to take concrete steps to address the life threatening state of sanitation and hygiene affecting the nearly one billion most marginalised and voiceless people in the region.

The confidence of a young sanitation activist: story of Sita

Sita is just twenty years old. She has faced discrimination throughout her life because the village she comes from is the settlement of so-called low caste indigenous people. She told me her inspirational story on the first day of our pre-SACOSAN conference civil society gathering and I would like to share it with you.

Rainbow toilet queue highlights South Asian sanitation crisis

Colombo, Sri Lanka: Over a hundred civil society members, community leaders and grassroots activists from across the region queued today behind a giant toilet, in a rainbow of national dress, to highlight the nearly one billion people living without access to adequate sanitation in South Asia.

Community voices at SACOSAN pre-meeting: Himani Mistry's story

Himani Mistry, Community Leader, Bangladesh

Yesterday, on the first day of the civil society meeting in preparation for the official SACOSAN, I spoke to Himany Mistry, community leader from Bangladesh, who was there to share her experiences

Community voices at SACOSAN pre-meeting: Women power

K. Rajamouli, Community Leader, India

The residents of Gangadevpalli village in a southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh acknowledged the wisdom and dedication of women folk decades ago. The result is that today Gangadevpalli is India’s one of the rarest model villages, which has won two national and over a dozen district level awards for best governance and sanitation practices.

Grassroots call for urgent action to end the sanitation crisis in South Asia

Colombo, SRI LANKA

Just two days before the fourth South Asian Conference on Sanitation in Sri Lanka (SACOSAN IV, 4-7 April 2011) a coalition of leading civil society groups and international organisations from across South Asia are meeting to urge their governments to take real steps in addressing life-changing sanitation and hygiene issues. 

Report from FAN communications workshop 2011

In March, the global FAN communications team gathered in London to learn and develop new skills and share their own learning. Here's a summary of what we got up to.