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TitleBridging the gap : citizens' action for accountability in water and sanitation
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsRyan, P
Pagination28 p. : boxes, photogr., tab.
Date Published2006-03-01
Place PublishedLondon, UK
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, access to water, bangladesh, case studies, community participation, ethiopia, ghana, india, millennium development goals, mozambique, nepal, projects, sdiafr, sdiasi, sdipar, uganda

This report details the experiences of WaterAid and its partner organizations in Africa and Asia in the inauguration of Citizens' Action projects designed to empower local communities. A series of Citizens’ Action projects were instigated in 2005, and set to run for the duration of the UN Water for Life decade until 2015, the deadline for achieving the MDGs. Projects are underway in Nepal, Uganda, India, Ghana and Ethiopia with more soon to start in Bangladesh and Mozambique. Others will follow. Most of the citizens' action projects in the report began with WaterAid country programme officers and local partner organizations talking to women's groups, faith groups and other civil society representatives, making sure they knew their rights. To avoid potential confrontation, local government officials and service providers are invited into the process as early as possible. Although some officials may have been inclined towards scepticism, many recognized this as an opportunity to strengthen their own demands to national governments for increased resources.

NotesIncludes references
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