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Publish What You Pay for Water! An innovative approach to water transparency in Togo

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Natural resources constitute a key asset in the development of many countries, especially in Africa. The concept of “resource curse” stigmatizes a paradoxical impoverishment of countries where natural resources abound. Oil, uranium and gold are among natural resources the exploitation of which is more and more under scrutiny. However more attention should be paid to water governance transparency: more than any other natural resources water constitutes a key condition for development and may constitute a major source of conflicts.

In Togo, a unique opportunity was given by the Government to start a dialogue on water governance with civil society. For the first time, a State participating in the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) has listed water among natural resources under economic transparency. Together with the adoption of a Water Code, such an initiative constituted a major step towards good water governance.

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Promote and implement human rights to water and capacity building of local communities and civil society

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This solution is a strategy for disseminating and awareness of the implications of the human right to water and capacity building of communities to exercise their right before local authorities, as part of the programme of strengthening civil society to contribute to sustainable water and sanitation at Mexico through its participation in the design, implementation and monitoring of public policies relating to conservation and water management.

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