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MASS MEDIA AS A TOOL OF SOLVING WASH CHALLENGES OF THE URBAN AND RURAL POOR

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The crisis of lack of access to Water and Sanitation services, affects the poor most. Poor people residing in rural areas and especially in urban slums do not have access and public and private servie providers do not have plans to deliver services to poor areas.

Policy makers are seldom aware of the challenges being faced by the poor in accessing services, mainly because the voices of the poor are rarely heard in debates on problems and solutions on water issues.

To address this problem, WASH Journalists in the West Africa region where about 300million people lack access to WASH services, formed a regional network with the strategic objective of amplifying the voices of poor people on WASH issues and increase visibility of lack of access of the region’s poor to water and sanitation services, and generate discussions on practical, low cost, and people centred programmes to resolve this challenge.

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To contribute to poverty reduction in Pakistan through the achievement of water and sanitation MDGs

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Improved governance and targeting the poor and vulnerable. Both parameters are crucial for poverty reduction as according to the PRSP, without governance reforms, the enormous task of reviving growth and reducing poverty cannot be addressed. Rising poverty has in part been linked to failure of governance institutions in Pakistan. This project was launched in January 2011 and during its 3 years duration it will support CSO capacity building which will in turn lead to broader civil participation in governance and decision making, ensure equity in the distribution of resources and ultimately bridge the existing gap between citizens and the State. To achieve this, the project interventions will strengthen CSOs organizational effectiveness and those of other actors like LG and communities by investing in planning, capacity building, institutional development, change management and learning.

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Advocacy and legal strategies to respond to violations of international humanitarian and human rights law regarding rights to water and sanitation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

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The project produces communication materials and information within the frame of human rights to water and sanitation and international humanitarian law. They organise press tours and attend relevant international fora to highlight the work of the EWASH in the OPT. The advocacy project also works with local communities such as Jerusalem Youth Parliament and local universities to improve local knowledge of human rights to water and sanitation as well as water resources within the OPT.

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Creation and capacity building of Community Organizational Structures that manage, administrate and preserve water resources.

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The inclusion of strategic guidelines relating to the sustainability of water resources in the adaptation plans, both nationally and locally, will be effective when the community organizational structures (Basin Committees and Service Committees for drinking water and sanitation) are empowered by legal and technical instruments for the conservation, use and management of the existing water resources at international, regional, national and local level; leading to the development of community advocacy processes (from civil society) that are targeted towards decision makers.

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Advocacy on control of water (Philippines)

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There is a need to raise agriculture productivity (i.e. by achieving rice self-sufficiency) to secure a stable food supply at the local and national level in response to the food crisis. This rests upon reversing current trends in irrigation expenditures in the Philippines. For example, out of the total serviced areas (half of the hectares potentially irrigable), only about 24% are effectively irrigated because of system deterioration, lack of maintenance and routine rehabilitation and other institutional problems.

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Promoting Rights Based Approaches for realising peoples rights to water and sanitation

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Freshwater Action Network (FAN Global) is a major network of Southern civil society organizations implementing and influencing water and sanitation policy and practice, linking the environmental and developmental agenda and promoting the human right to water and sanitation for present and future generations.  We are a consortium of CSO networks in Latin America, Africa and South Asia.

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