Accountability

Monitoring Human Rights Sensitive Indicators

WaterLex has conducted country mapping research in Uganda, Benin, DRC, identifying the gaps in the HRWS.  In Kenya, we have advised on the framework for monitoring of HRWS. For improved access to water and sanitation, the level of accountability is often the key factor. This programme aims to increase accountability in a few chosen countries by identifying human rights sensitive data for collection, and monitoring progress.

Human rights sensitive data is that which impacts on the realisation of human rights. Examples could be factors that impact the representation of different vulnerable groups in decision-making (non-discrimination), or the number of people with access to piped water or improved sanitation at household level (availability, accessibility).

Taking Burkina Faso this year as the pilot, we will identify a series of small and ambitious projects that can be owned by local and national actors, to improve access to water and sanitation.

We bring national representatives from ministries, water authorities, NGOs and NHRIs together as a starting point, to raise awareness of the HRWS, and to use an interactive workshop to identify examples of good practice. 

WaterLex helps each actor to develop an action plan for how they can support progressive realisation.  The outcomes from the workshop form the next phase of action plans, identifying specific challenges and areas that need help. WaterLex is uniquely placed to support these monitoring activities with human rights sensitive tools, and to advise the government on recommended legal and policy reforms.