1. Country Mappings

A country mapping is a publication that provides a ‘snapshot’ of the current state of implementation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation (HRWS). WaterLex conducts a multidisciplinary assessment of the existing governance situation in direct consultation with all stakeholders. The indicators for the research are based on an up-to-date assessment of the obligations of a given country under both international and national law, as well as the existing structure of the WASH sector from the point of view of policies, institutions, data, finances, sustainability, and poverty alleviation. The conclusion of the country mapping provides key information to authorities and development partners to strengthen an integrated and coordinated approach to water governance while complying with international and national human rights obligations.

2. National Action Plans

Once the current state of implementation of the HRWS has been evaluated, it is possible to develop national action plan to ensure further realization. States are duty bound to take steps to ensure the progressive realization of universal access to water and sanitation to the maximum of their available resources. WaterLex provides support for the development of national action plans using the same indicators and criteria as those using the country mappings to structure consultations and expert inputs. The plan provides coherence between various institutional mandates and development partners as a well as a central point for reference for access to information on and participation in the water and sanitation sector.

3. Field Assistance and Training

In response to local requests, WaterLex offers field assistance on the implementation standards and procedures that are derived from the HRWS. We also offer capacity-building workshops and training sessions for practitioners on the scope, contents and concrete implications of the HRWS. Courses and workshops are offered in English, French and Spanish.

4. Tools and Learning Materials

In support of either group or individual capacity building, WaterLex utilizes its database, its library and its pool of experts to support the design of training materials and toolkits which can be used to ensure more effective implementation of the HRWS. These tools and learning materials are clustered around thematic areas, including:

  • Tools focusing directly on the realization of the HRWS;
  • Tools focusing on a human rights approach to Integrated Water Resources Management to realize the HRWS, the Right to Food and the Right to a Healthy Environment;
  • Tools focusing on the provision of water and sanitation in emergency situations.

5. National reporting systems / mechanisms for complaint and redress

Independent monitoring and reporting institutions play a key role in ensuring impartial evaluation of the progress in realizing human rights. These could be formally endorsed institutions such as the Human Rights Commission or the Ombudsman, but independent review can also be provided by academic institutions and civil society organisations. WaterLex provides direct support as well as capacity building to these institutions to ensure that impartial reporting is in place and that citizens who feel that their rights have been infringed have access to complaints mechanisms.

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Responding to Current Gaps and Pitfalls

Our Approach and Value Added

Our Key Activities

Figure: Key Stages in the Realization of HRWS

Key Outputs Explained

Current and Past Projects