Planning Tool: Incorporating all components of the HRWS into planning

List of key questions

CRITERIA AND PRINCIPLES OF THE HUMAN RIGHT TO WATER AND SANITATION
AVAILABILITY
  • Does the programme prioritise the availability of water for personal and domestic use?
  • Does it seek to achieve a minimum sufficient quantity and a continuous supply?
QUALITY
  • Does it take into account the setting of water quality parameters through the analysis of samples?
  • Does it carry out activities to raise awareness in homes, as well as amongst the service providers, with the aim of the safe use of water and the promotion of sanitation?
ACCESSIBILITY
  • In line with international standards, does it strive to achieve water accessibility?
  • Does it focus on the most vulnerable and marginalised of the population?
  • Does it consider actions to strengthen the capacities of service providers to give access to the most vulnerable groups?
  • Does it take into account security aspects in the location of water supplies or sanitation?
AFFORDABILITY
  • Does it take into account the economic needs of the most vulnerable and marginalised of the population?
  • Are there participatory processes in order to set the rates?
  • Does it guarantee that no families risk the enjoyment of other rights due to payment of the water rates?
  • Does it consider a system for the service’s sustainability?
  • Does it consider specific strategies for those families that cannot pay for the service?
  • Does it consider flexible payment systems with the population’s participation?
  • Does it consider how to manage service disconnections due to non-payment?
EQUALITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION
  • Does it consider this principle in the formulation of the project?
  • Have practices been identified which could be discriminatory and have solutions been sought for such practices?
  • Has the project identified elements of discrimination and exclusion in any sectors?
SPECIAL CARE FOR VULNERABLE GROUPS
  • Are the actions aimed at the most vulnerable and marginalised of the population?
  • Are elements to enable the participation of particularly vulnerable groups considered?
  • Have the impacts on the needs of the most vulnerable of the population been considered?
ACCESS TO INFORMATION
  • Does the program or project consider a communication and information strategy?
  • Is information provided in an accessible and clear way to all sectors of the population?
PARTICIPATION
  • Does it take into account sufficient resources to enable participatory processes?
  • Does it make use of community resources?
  • Does it consider the empowerment of the local partners and population?
  • Does the local population participate in the planning of the project?
SUSTAINABILITY
  • Does the program or project consider actions for conservation and sustainable use of the resource?
  • Does it consider actions for the protection of resources on behalf of groups and individuals?

Adapted from “Guide for the incorporation of a HRBA in water and sanitation programmes”, ONGAWA.