Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

El derecho al agua y al saneamiento

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The rights to water and sanitation is the most important theme for the network and from the early days of its inception FAN has been lobbying for governments to recognize water as a human right. Now a lot of work is also being done to advocate for sanitation to be recognized as a human right as well. Read all the latest news on our thematic page on rights

Rights to water and sanitation; a handbook for activists

FAn Global has produced this handbook for community groups, human rights NGOs, rights-based development practitioners and aid workers to adopt or improve their human rights-based approach to advocacy on water and sanitation. It provides innovative and practical suggestions for promoting and protecting the rights to water and sanitation.

Download the handbook: 

English (PDF 1.1Mb), French (PDF 3Mb) and Spanish (PDF 765Kb)

In the regions

There are lots of activities taking place in the regions, find out more in the regional sections.

Asia - Monitoring South Asian governments’ commitments

The South Asian network FANSA is monitoring South Asian government commitments following their recent advocacy success which saw south asian governments recognise water and sanitation as rights at the third South Asian Conference on Water and Sanitation. 

Find out more on FANSA's pages

Africa - Right to water and sanitation workshops

In Africa, ANEW have held a number of workshops on the right to water and sanitation and how it can be used as an advocacy tool.