The human rights-based approach to water and sanitation

The Right to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and the Human Rights Based Approach to Development

Belinda Calguas, WaterAid, 1999

This paper looks into the human rights-based approach to development, its specific relevance to water, sanitation and hygiene, and the implication of this approach to the water and sanitation sector.

Evaluation of Costs and Benefits of Water and Sanitation Improvements at the Global Level

World Health Organisation, 2004

A study into the economic costs and benefits of a range of selected interventions to improve water and sanitation services, with results presented for 17 World Health Organisation sub-regions and at the global level

Applying a Human Rights Based Approach to Development Cooperation and Programming: A UNDP Capacity Development Resource

UNDP, 2006

Chapters include: An introduction to water as a human right, a general comment on the right to water, who is affected by the right, government’s responsibilities and implications for other stakeholders.

Manual on the Right to Water and Sanitation

COHRE, Geneva, 2008

This tool assists policy makers and practitioners in developing strategies for implementing the human right to water and sanitation. The manual distinguishes between the challenges facing urban and rural areas, and proposes policy approaches for each that address their different circumstances.

Sanitation: A Human Rights Imperative

COHRE, SDC, UN-HABITAT and WaterAid, 2008

Focuses on the right to sanitation and how a rights based-approach to advocacy can bring about change in policy. Discusses the obligations of government and priority actions for civil society and international organisations.

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  • Raj Kumar Thapa says:

    Dear Water Aid,
    first i would like to thanks ! to all the people who work for water for the community in this world. I have some different topics on this water . i dont know this belong to water aid or not.
    In the developing countries like nepal, The sotry begin like this, In the village near the kathmandu valley, about 4 km form the Town, People in the village have some majority People about 90 %, and other cast pleople , the mojority people bring the water form the jungle which is public, other people who are not of their cast also involve, they work, some of them aslo pay but at last when there time to distribute water the majority people didnot distribute to the other minor people. what would happen in that community, the office of that village cannot do anything, the police, The distric development office, This is the real story happen . and there lost of the untold stories like this. Here in My though. we Should make Strong laws “Water For All” So that not only some major community can use the natural resources. We Need This laws Because” i am also victim of the Water “

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