Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

Mejora de la gobernanza y la transparencia

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In partnership with WaterAid, FAN is working in 16 countries with partners to support capacity building for local organisations towards improved governance, transparency and accountability in the sector.

This work uses the capacity, accountability and responsiveness (CAR) framework developed by the UK Department for International Development and is part of a portfolio of DFID funded initiatives that followed DFID’s 2006 white paper, ‘Making Governance Work for the Poor’ (pdf)

FAN’s has undertaken 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 sharing learning and best practice, particularly on the human rights to sanitation and water (and obstacles to the progressive realisation of these rights).

FAN is working to ensure that our partners have the tools they need to claim their rights to water and sanitation and monitor the accountable and transparent provision of services. 

Key outcomes

The key outcomes of this portfolio will be:

  • Strong and well functioning civil society organisations and civil society networks capable of influencing the design, implementation and evaluation of effective WASH policies at all levels
  • Civil society organisations (including those representing marginalized groups) are engaging effectively in decision-making processes affecting the WASH sector
  • Informed and empowered people are better able to demand accountability and responsiveness from governments and service providers in the WASH sector
  • Governments and service providers are more accountable (i.e. willing and able) to citizens and end users in the WASH sector  

Key activities

Some key project activities include:

  • Capacity building workshops on advocacy and rights
  • Citizen trainings on access to information
  • Civil society meetings with parliamentarians and policy makers
  • Communication and media workshops
  • Budget monitoring and tracking
  • Community engagement with local government
  • Case study collection and sharing
  • Research and analysis of relevant government policies
  • Lobbying and advocacy activities
  • Collaborations between government, service providers and civil society
  • Exchange and exposure visits at local, regional and international levels
  • Training of women in NGO leadership
  • Awareness raising through film, radio and television spots
  • Water point mapping and other citizen driven community interventions

Learn More

Find out more about governance, monitoring and accountability on our thematic pages