The Millennium Declaration (2000) and commitment by the International community show a political will for increasing access to safe drinking water. Solutions at the federal and local level are making progress but dependent on many factors. Laying pipe for access to water needs a large capital investment and takes a large population to justify the investment in construction and a suitable method of treatment. WHO, UNICEF, IRC and others are seeking local solutions at point of use, such as the ceramic water filter made locally, from local materials. This method of POU water treatment developed by Potters for Peace (PfP) creates a local solution of creating a ceramic filter from local materials which the general population have been using for water storage for many generations making it quickly accepted by users. This solution achieves the goal of rapidly increasing access to clean water at the lowest possible cost through a local solution.
Project was initiated by Freshwater Action Network and WaterAid in response to a UK Government DFID policy paper “Making governance work for the poor” which highlighted the relationship between governance and poverty and outlines a framework for improving governance and created a fund to support the work in 2006.
FAN members and WaterAid partners were asked to submit local and national level activities to a joint funding bid under the DFID ‘Governance and Transparency Fund’ programme.