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Strengthening the Legitimacy of International Water Law to Improve Implementation and Compliance

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Particularly at the international level, where strong enforcement mechanisms are usually lacking, legitimacy is a key factor in explaining why states and other actors comply with their international legal obligations. However, little work has been done to examine and strengthen the legitimacy of international water law.   

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Safe water in a few days – achieved through community involvement in the first implementation phase of rural water projects

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This approach was first tried out in Uganda in 2004, and has since been applied by Fontes Foundation on numerous occasions in Uganda and Mozambique. The approach has mainly been used for small rural piped water systems, with the main distribution taking place from public taps. After a phase of technical planning, design and community mobilization, all equipment is delivered in the village. Then, a large team from Fontes Foundation puts in place the first infrastructure of the water system together with the community over only a few days.

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OECD Multilevel Governance Framework:A tool for effective water governance

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In its report “Water governance in OECD Countries – A multi-level approach” OECD addressed the major co-ordination and capacity-building issues related to the design, regulation and implementation of water policies. It focused on three points: the role and responsibilities of public actors in water policy at central and sub-national levels, the governance challenges related to their interaction at horizontal and vertical levels, and the tools and strategies currently in use to enhance governance in the water sector. 

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