WaterLex has an established relationship with the National Human Rights Institution (NHRC) in Kathmandu through its NHRI Water Initiative. The NHRC contributed to the good practices compilation in 2014 and attended the WaterLex regional training for NHRIs in Malaysia in November 2015. This has been followed up with a national training workshop in Kathmandu this September, attended by 29 representatives from the NHRC, national government and civil society. This introduction to the HRWS and SDG 6, provided a platform for an interactive session to discuss how the recommendations presented could be introduced into the mandate of their various organisations. The plan is to take this engagement to support implementation during 2018.
WaterLex is supporting the work of the Safe Water Program (FANSA and Antenna Technologies) to strengthen the support for small service providers of Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage, and took the opportunity in Nepal to further develop the checklist for small water entrepreneurs to enable greater compliance with HRWS. The feedback was very constructive, and included examples of how last year’s checklist has already changed behaviours of some suppliers to include wider consultation for marginalised groups, and has altered thinking in social media approaches. WaterLex witnessed a commitment for the HRWS from the Nepalese government, the NHRC, NGOs and local civil society, and looks forward to further work in this country to support the inclusion of HRWS in their governance programmes.