Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

About the governance and transparency programme

File 2112With an understanding of governance that extends beyond the state alone, the governance and transparency programme fostered engagement between governments, civil society organizations and service providers. It was implemented by more than 30 local civil society organizations (CSOs) in Africa, South Asia and Latin America.

This work used the capacity, accountability and responsiveness (CAR) framework developed by the UK Department for International Development and was part of a portfolio of DFID funded initiatives that followed DFID’s 2006 white paper, Making Governance Work for the Poor (PDF 1Mb).

The report focused on what FAN members know from direct experience – that governance (the capability, accountability and responsiveness of the state) is a key component of (or obstacle to) poverty reduction.

The report recognized that effective, well governed states protect people's rights and provide services and further articulated that such governance is not merely about the state alone, it includes the engagement between governments, civil society organizations and service providers. Building such governing relationships, the report concludes, takes time and has to come from within countries. The report led DFID to make an innovative investment of £130 million over five years with their new initiative - the Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF).

Nearly 40 NGOs and networks (including FAN and WaterAid) working in various development and advocacy areas shared this funding. The most exciting innovation of GTF was that 85% of the funding was required to go directly to local partners in developing countries.

FAN undertook this partnership to strengthen our ability to directly support southern-based civil society through capacity building (advocacy, communication, planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation and organizational development) and through sharing learning and best practice, particularly on the human rights to sanitation and water (and obstacles to the progressive realisation of these rights).