Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

October 2011

Challenges faced by the Community Water Districts of Costa Rica

Vanessa Dubois (FANCA) recently spoke with Marc Mellin (President of FANCA member organization) about the many challenges faced by the Community Water Districts of Costa Rica.

Sharing across regional sanitation conferences

Ceridwen Johnson

Ceridwen Johnson, Networking and Communications Manager, FAN Global, presented her paper on the impact and future of regional sanitation conferences during the plenary discussion at the WSSCC Global Forum for Sanitation and Hygiene held in Mumbai from 9 to 14 October.

South-South cooperation and exchanges in Mumbai

FAN family

About 700 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) issues at the grassroots level in the South Asian and African nations, have shared and learned from each others' successes and failures to improve the water and sanitation situation in these regions of the world. 

Sign an international petition calling on decision makers to act at Rio+20

Brazilian youth group Generation+20 has launched an international petition calling on decision makers to act at Rio+20. FANAS member Vitae Civilis is one of the project's supporters.

Join women on the road to Rio+20!

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or 'Rio+20') will take place June 4-6, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, 20 years after the historic Earth Summit. Women's participation in the process and input on the themes and objective are crucial to a successful outcome.

WSSCC's Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene

Global Forum on sanitation

On 9-14 October 2011, ANEW and FANSA members are joining WASH professionals from around the world to gather at WSSCC's Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene in Mumbai, India.

Updates from the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene

On 9-14 October 2011, ANEW and FANSA members are joining WASH professionals from around the world to gather at WSSCC's Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene in Mumbai, India.

Tackling menstrual hygiene

“I cuddle to the bodies, which my father carries, when I feel cold in winters.” The statement by a seven-year-old Sunita (imaginary name) can horrify anyone. But it made young Anshu Gupta ponder over need for clothing. Soon his thinking turned into a major concern and led him to go beyond clothing which people use to cover their bodies to tackling menstrual hygiene. 

Going Bananas over Growing Bananas

How to convey a complex but meaningful message in a simple but powerful way? Who can understand it better than the communication specialists. “We develop fantastic technological solutions to various problems, but fail in connecting them to the needs and desires of the consumers,” said Everold Hosein, Senior World Health Organisation Consultant and founder of the Communications for Behavioural Impact (COMBI) of USA.

I Do

The word innovation does not restrict itself to technology and methodology alone. This was proved correct at the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene, which is being held in Mumbai by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

It’s not another maniac Monday for sanitation in news

Monday blues! Or Just another maniac Monday! We all have lived through these terms sometime or the other in our lives. But there are no such things when it comes to pushing a story on subject as boring as sanitation.

Nepali President launches sanitation master plan

Launching of Sanitaion & Hygiene Master Plan

President Dr Ram Baran Yadav officially launched the Sanitation and Hygiene Master Plan-2011 on 29 September 2011, which is aimed at providing universal access of sanitation facility 2017.