Freshwater Action Network
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The fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation kicked off in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 22 October. Find out about FANSA's involvement and activities to raise the voice of the grassroots to influence decision makers at the conference.


SACOSAN V took place under the banner of 'Sanitation for All: All for Sanitation'. Heads of delegation from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka joined other delegates from government, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector to once again discuss the sanitation challenge facing the region. 


Live updates  as they happen will be posted throughout the conference on FANSA's Facebook page


Translating the spirit of SACOSAN V into action
FANSA Communications Officer Prakash Amatya interviews FANSA Convenor Ramisetty Murali on his reflections of SACOSAN V.


Press release: Spirit of Kathmandu declaration on track but it's time for action
Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) welcomes the spirit of the Kathmandu Declaration but urges commitments made by South Asian governments are realised to ensure accelerated and sustainable progress on sanitation and hygiene.


SACOSAN V governments adopt Kathmandu declaration

South Asian governments release outcome document of the fifth South Asian ministerial Conference on sanitation, the Kathmandu declaration.


FANSA Convenor highlights CSO calls in opening SACOSAN session

FANSA Convenor Murali Ramisetty spoke in the opening session of SACOSAN V highlighting civil society calls on decision makers to take urgent action and address the sanitation crisis in the region.


Coming together is the beginning
FAN Nepal Convenor Lajana Manandhar raised grassroots voices at the SACOSAN V public launch in Bhaktapur on 21 October.


Press release: Ensure universal access to improved toilets and end open defecation in South Asia by 2020

Grassroots activists call on South Asian governments to end the sanitation crisis, starting with those most in need
As the fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN V, 22-24 October 2013) kicks off in Kathmandu, Nepal, leading civil society groups called on their governments to recognize the urgency of the South Asian sanitation crisis and set robust plans to achieve universal access to improved sanitation toilets and ending open defecation by 2020.


Here's a break down of how FANSA was involved in and around the conference:


Civil society meeting, 20 October

FANSA coordinated a grassroots voices and community leaders session at this meeting designed to orientate civil society members around the conference.


SACOSAN V public launch, 21 October
FAN Nepal Convenor Lajana Manandhar raised grassroots voices at the SACOSAN V public launch in Bhaktapur

22 October

  • Conference opening - FANSA Convenor Murali Ramisetty represented grassroots voices in the official opening session of the conference.
  • Traffic lights report presentation - FANSA presented its traffic lights paper monitoring progress against government commitments on sanitation in the region.

23 October

Thematic focus session: reaching the unreached
FANSA presented the recommendations of its equity and inclusion study (PPT 3.2Mb). The following  film exploring factors inhibiting people's access to sanitation was screened:





24 October

  • Thematic focus session: Urban sanitation
    FANSA presented the recommendations of its urban sanitation study in this session exploring the condition of sanitation in urban areas in the context of increasing urbanization.
  • Side event: Is integrity an issue for better sanitation services?
    FANSA, Helvetas and WIN coordinated this side event which attempted to understand whether a lack of integrity is a major obstacle for achieving sanitation goals in South Asia through from various South Asian perspectives
  • Panel discussion with grassroots Community leaders
    FAN South Asia was represented on the panel of this community leaders/grassroots voices session. Mamata Dash presented the South Asian sanitation campaign petition (PDF 134Kb)
  • Ministerial declaration drafting committee
    Murali Ramisetty worked as a member of the ministerial declaration committee.
  • Ministers' meeting
    Two FANSA representatives took part in the Ministers' meeting.

25/26 October

SACOSAN V follow up meeting of the South Asia Regional Campaign coordination team.


Throughout the week

FANSA also raised awareness of its work and the work of its members throughout the week at its exhibition stall with some great exposure at the stand thanks to an innovative art installation and video which was broadcast during the conference.

FANSA Nepal (PDF 685Kb) publications included Sanitation Matters (PDF 776kb) about the empowerment of grassroots women in sanitation advocacy and a learning visit on community WASH report (PDF 1Mb)



To highlight the reality of sanitation provision on the ground in South Asia, FANSA produced a number of reports to inform discussions at the conference:



Kathmandu declaration (PDF)

FANSA member participation

The following FANSA members will be attending the conference:


Mohammad Yakub Hossain, Convenor FANSA Bangladesh

Jahanara Begum Shapna, member FANSA Bangladesh

Joseph Halder, member, FANSA Bangladesh



Murali Ramisetty, Regional Convenor, FANSA

Dr Seetharam MR, FANSA India Convenor

Nafisa Barot, FANSA India member

Siddhartha Das, Regional Coordinator, FANSA

A Venkatesh, GTF Coordinator, FANSA

Philip Kumar, E&I Consultant, FANSA



Lajana Manandhar, FAN Nepal Convenor

Dr Suman Shakya, Executive Director, ENPHO

Rajendra Aryal, President, FEDWASUN

Umesh Pandey, Director, NEWAH



Ikhtair Khaskhely, member, FANSA Pakistan

Baseerat Naz, Steering Committee KP province


Sri Lanka

Dilena Pathragoda, FANSA Sri Lanka

Nadira Gunathilake, Journalist


Also attending:


FAN Global

Marc Faux, FAN Consortium Coordinator


End Water Poverty

Esmee Russell, International Campaign Coordinator