Making Rights Real: Clarifying human rights to local government officials

Have you ever wondered how to explain the human rights framework to the local government officials you work with? Local government is arguably the most important level of government for realising the human rights to water and sanitation: This is where national plans will be put into action and good, sustainable services for water and sanitation are built, run and maintained.

The new colourful three-piece guide for ‘Making Rights Real’ has been designed to clarify the usefulness of human rights thinking to local government officials.

Download the guide:

Download the instructions for use and the three-piece guide below, print them out and use them in your working relationship with local government officials in your country.

Share your experience:

These materials are free to be used, reproduced and shared for non-commercial purposes. All we are asking is that you share your experience with us. Please email or or post a comment below.

These materials have been produced by WASH United, WaterAid, Institute for Sustainable Futures – University of Technology Sydney, End Water Poverty, UNICEF and RWSN, in partnership with C3. Financial support was provided by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery Foundation.
The materials are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License (


  • je suis interesse par ce dosser car je suis un cadre qui travail dans le wash avec une ONG Internationale

  • thank you for developing such professional tool, we already pretested with one local Govt. office, and now planning to utilize the revised version with local organization and local Govt.

  • Mohamed Maarouf says:

    The shared document are very useful for the partners supporting the government on the key water issues.

  • Dante says:

    Having read this I thought it was extremely informative.
    I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put
    this information together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of
    time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

  • Vinodkumar damodar says:

    Very good materials

  • Moukoue Joseph says:

    Il s’agit d’une problématique fort intéressante pour laquelle water for life Cameroon y travaille depuis près de quatre ans aujourd’hui. C’est une satisfaction que de voire les progrès dans le sens de la promotion de ces droits humains. Nous serions vraiment heureux de partager ces expériences.

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