Implementing the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in America Latina
WaterLex organised in cooperation with SDC a training workshop for government representatives, development practitioners and civil society partners in Matagalpa (Nicaragua) on 3-5 June 2013 to improve the capacity of key water stakeholders in the Latin American region to contribute to the implementation of the human right to water and sanitation.
WaterLex presented the Spanish version of its Toolkit on Integrating the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in Development Practice, which is specifically adapted to the Latin American reality. The workshop methodology follows that of the Toolkit, beginning with a clear understanding of the human right to water and sanitation, its meaning and implications for the different stakeholders.
The approximately 40 participants in each country were then invited to undertake a self-assessment to evaluate how they are currently incorporating the HRWS into their programs and projects. Next, the methodology, tools and good practices to integrate a human rights based approach throughout the Project Cycle Management was presented and put into practice through working groups exercises. Finally, participants learned how to plan and design their action so as to effectively address these issues, and eventually how to monitor and evaluate projects applying a human rights-based approach.
A field trip to El Jobo was the opportunity to work with the participation of local communities in the assessment of the situation regarding the HRWS, the identification of the right holders and duty bearers, as well as analysing the capacity gaps of right holders to know and claim their rights, and for the duty bearers to fulfill their obligations.
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