We aim to publish new materials here that bring light to the development of the human rights to water and sanitation, and other related human rights, such as the right to a healthy environment. The Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) is also transversal to all activities and human rights. This section compiles interesting articles and papers from members and partners that further our vision for a world where all people have access to safe and sustainable water and sanitation.
Data on Tap: Realizing Human Rights through Water Utility Reporting Laws
Author: Jacob Hayward
Local water utilities’ policies regarding access, pricing, payment schedules, shutoffs, and debt collection have significant impacts on the individuals and communities that these utilities serve. In recent years, a distinct legislative trend towards mandated water policy transparency has been gaining momentum across the country.
Our partners submitted this research article focusing on the policies and laws regarding the access of information of water utilities in the United States.
Voluntary National Reviews: Country Report 2022
Author: Jacob Hayward
Countries have been using Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) in order to keep track of country commitments toward Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is not an obligation, however, it has been the best metric to keep track of the progress being made toward the fulfillment of each country’s promises.
Our partners submitted this research article focusing on SDG6 which targets the human right to water and sanitation.
Strengthening accountability mechanisms between citizens, governments and water and sanitation providers remains essential to ensuring the human right to water.
Authors: Christian Borja Vega, Jonathan Grabinsky, Eva Kloeve
Central in guaranteeing the rights to clean WASH is the need to understand the processes, the channels, driving breakdowns in the provision of services. However, fulfilling the human rights to WASH in low- and middle-income countries is constrained by breakdowns in the accountability networks linking the State, water providers, and citizens.
Our partners submitted this research article with recommendations on how to tackle these issues.