Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

April 2012

CSO role indispensable in bridging the grassroots - government divide

Lajana Manandhar, National Convenor, FAN Nepal and the Executive Director at Lumanti Support Group for Shelter attended the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting. She tells us about the meeting of Water, Sanitation, Environment and Health Ministers from Africa and Asia that took place from 19-20 April 2012 in Washington DC.

Progress at High Level Meeting of Sanitation and Water for All Partnership

The Sanitation & Water for All Partnership made good progress at its recent 'High Level Meeting' convened by UNICEF at the World Bank Spring Meeting on 20 April 2012.  Civil society advoca

Rio+20 summit briefing

Find out about Rio+20, also known as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), and how FAN is involved. 

FAN Member Lajana Manandhar reports on the SWA meeting in Washington DC

Left to right: Yakub Hussain (FAN South Asia rep, Bangladesh), Rudy Amega-Etego


On 20 April 2012, hundreds of delegates from all over the world are gathering in Washington DC to take part in the ‘Sanitation and Water for All – high level meeting’.

Water, sanitation and Rio20: the importance of rights

The importance of the rights to water and sanitation for sustainable development in paramount and must be included in the solutions at Rio+20 but recently there have been attempts to weaken human rights language.

FAN members attending Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting in Washington

FAN members are taking to the global stage at the high level meeting in Washington. Yakub Hussain, FAN South Asia, and Rudy Amega-Etego, ANEW, who represent southern civil society on the Sanitation and Water for All steering committee, will attend the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting in Washington. Lajana Manandhar, FANSA Nepal, will also attend.

World Walks for Water and Sanitation by FANSA-Kerala Chapter

FANSA Kerala on World Water Day


On the eve of World Water Day-2012, FANSA Kerala Chapter celebrated the event with various activities including World Walks for Water and Sanitation, Seminars, Street-play, Cultural events with recitation of poems by 20 eminent malayalam poets on "rivers, streams, lakes, rain, water, hygiene and waste”.

A first step to take it up- ministerial declaration

Georgina Vidriales is a member of FAN Mexico and also represents local NGO called SENDAS in Mexico. She shared that her main achievement in this World Water Forum at Marseille is working together with civil societies, we work in collation, we can take back results from an impact to our local level, how you say, delegations, official delegations and also I can say that sharing experiences with all other people all around the world working in water management, and network research management, all linkage with water.

International Environmental Art Contest ‘One Small Change’

To commemorate the ‘World Environment Day 2012’ on 5 June, the Environment Action Association is hosting their 11th annual International Art Contest - One Small Change. 

Video message to world leaders: make it happen!

Over 370,000 people walked for water on this year's World Water Day to demand action on the water and sanitation crisis. Watch a new End Water Poverty campaign video celebrating this fantastic action and calling on world leaders to attend the High Level Meeting.

Translating the political commitments

Yakub Hossain, Deputy Executive Director at Village Education Resource Centre and the National Convenor of Freshwater Action Network South Asia Bangladesh represented in the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) steering committee meeting a day prior to the official launch of the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France.

Still a long way to go for water as a right

Syed Shah Nasir Khisro, national convenor of FANSA Pakistan has extensive experiences working in the water and sanitation sector for the past two decades. He shared that he has attended the World Water Forums, the fifth one in Istanbul, Turkey and the sixth one here in Marseille, France.