Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

October 2011

Celebrating our first decade: FAN annual report 2010/11

10 years annual report2010-11 marks the 10th anniversary of the Freshwater Action Network (FAN). Our latest annual report highlights the impact we have made over the past year, reviews the decade and looks forward to the future. 

ANEW: We have a cause, commitment and capacity to serve the sector

Catherine Mwango, the vice chairperson of ANEW, addressed a meeting of FANSA and ANEW members for the first time during the Global Forum for Sanitation and Hygiene in Mumbai. She highlighted the work being done by ANEW and its member networks. For her, this meeting was a unique opportunity to come together and share. Read to her account.....

The urban right to water and Sanitation: pictures from Delhi

Photo exhibition

O.P. Singh, a visual anthropologist and director at Water Zoom, together with Nandita Singh, who is an associate professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, presented a photo exhibition: WATSAN Right: Issues and Reality.

Call for more active involvement of CSOs at water and sanitation events

Ceridwen JohnsonCeridwen Johnson, Networking and Communications Manager at FAN Global, recommended more active involvement of civil society organizations (CSOs) in forums and events like the WSSCC Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene, held recently in Mumbai.

Global conference focuses on the poor's poor access to sanitation facilities

Professionals and activists at a global conference on sanitation and hygiene on Wednesday, stressed the need for coordinated efforts from the government and non-government organizations. Removal of institutional and cultural barriers is required to ensure that all, including those who are marginalized or physically-challenged, have access to proper sanitation facilities.

Strong leadership required to tackle sanitation problems

Large nations, that have been able to ensure only 20 to 60 per cent coverage of sanitation issues, need to focus on political and community leaders at the national, regional, and local level to convey the message of sanitation for all and to encourage behaviour change.

WASH journalists dare to share

The Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene (GFSH), which concluded in Mumbai last week, offered a good opportunity for journalists from South Asia and Africa to share their experiences and learn from each other.

Poor cannot wait for their right: Hilda shares strategies for empowering communities

Hilda Grace Coelho

Hilda Grace Coelho, Convener of FANSA India, works with the Dalit and marginalized communities at the grassroots level in India. Sixty four years after independence, there is still much work to be done.

My week in pictures - Global Forum on Sanitation, Mumbai 9-14 October 2011

Last week I attended the Global Forum on Sanitation organised by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) in Mumbai.  I hope this snapshot of the week in pictures will provide a flavour of the week.

All govt. schools must have toilet by November end: Supreme Court of India

Supreme Court India

The Supreme Court of India on Oct 18, 2011 directed all states and union territories to build toilets, particularly for girls, in all government schools by the end of November. A bench headed by Justice D K Jain asked all the governments to take immediate steps regarding this and file their compliance report before the deadline fixed by it.

Securing legal recognition for 1600 communities that are doing the government’s job

In a recent webinar Marc Mellin,  President of the Community Water District (Acueducto Comunal) of Concepción de Naranjo, discussed ongoing work to implement a legal framework to govern the activities of the Costa Rican Community Water Districts.

Adopt sanitation, hygiene and clean water for healthy living


After India's most celebrated Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan became the brand ambassador for the Geneva-based Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), now Indian cricket players are to promote sanitation and hygiene in the country. Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan have already shot a clip, in which they are asking people to: "Adopt the WASH hatrick - sanitation, hygiene, clean water - for healthy living".