All countries agree that water and sanitation services are human rights. Governments are obliged to do everything
that they can to ensure that everyone can realise their human rights. The materials for “Making Rights Real” are designed to show local government officials how human rights can improve the way water and sanitation services are planned, delivered and maintained.
Local government is arguably the most important level of government for realising the human rights to water and sanitation: This is where national plans will be put into action and good, sustainable services for water and sanitation are built, run and maintained.
The materials for “Making Rights Real” consist of three documents that are intended for use in one-on-one conversations between WASH sector professionals and local government officials, and that can then be referred back to. The materials are purposefully concise and focus entirely on the practical value of human rights. WASH sector professionals working at the local level will be best placed to put these materials into their particular context.
The three documents are:
The Pocket Guide – Basic thoughts and principles
The Journey –The process at a glance
The Manual –Each step explained
The documents are designed to be used as a set, starting with the Pocket Guide. Please make sure you are selecting the right file to download (there are screen only versions and versions which can be printed). These materials are available in English, Hindi, Spanish, Portuguese, Oromo, Oriya and French (see below).