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Freshwater News Strengthening civil society’s participation in water policy formulation

Number 8

January 2006

Journey to the 4th World Water Forum While many organisations increasingly question the value of large international water meetings, Freshwater Action Network has continued to invest energies on the 4th World Water Forum. We recognise the many questions surrounding these events but are driven by our members desire to attend and a belief that Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have a vital role to play in all policy-making discussions at this level. This is the focus of our mission and has been the basis of our advocacy and networking with civil society organisations in South Asia, Central America and Africa for the last few years since Kyoto 3rd World Water Forum. In March 2004 FAN and FAN-Central America (FANCA) attended the kick-off meeting in Mexico City, where the Forum’s “Local Action for a Global Challenge” theme was launched. Since then we have worked hard to develop a relationship with the organisers and to push our recommendations for CSO involvement from the beginning of the organisational process as well as at the Forum. “if an objective of international water meetings is a boost in international funding for water problems, these meetings have been a failure – and sometimes an expensive failure” It is difficult to measure the value of international conferences on water; their impact on the billions of people who still lack access to basic water and sanitation. In a recent paper, Jon Lane and Peter Gleick said “if an objective of international water meetings is a boost in international funding for water problems, these meetings have been a failure – and sometimes an expensive failure” (Water International Vol 30 Number 3 Sept 2005). They also listed the unclear objectives, lack of concrete links to the reality of the lives of poor people, biased support towards well organised interest groups and expense in terms of money and time

as strong disadvantages to international water meetings. Despite these clear disadvantages FAN has continued to be involved in World Water Forums since the 2nd World Water Forum held in The Hague in 2000, after which we were established. The Forums can offer opportunities for civil society, including FAN members, to come out of the field and their local environments and be involved at the international level. The learning potential is high with many opportunities for south-south learning, forging relationships with new or established organisations working on similar issues and exposure through networking outside of the meeting rooms. We also attempt to design opportunities for NGOs to communicate their priorities and their field experiences in high profile events. During the 3rd World Water Forum, FAN members from Africa met and decided to have an inception meeting in Kenya to create what is now known as the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW) in October 2003. The network has been developing steadily and three years on is convening sessions for African CSOs during the 4th World Water Forum. Linguistically this event is more accessible to Latin American civil society, in a way that is usually denied them due to language barriers. Equally, the idea for a network of CSOs in Central America was born out of the activities of FAN at another international meeting; the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development (2002). FANCentral America was launched in January 2003 and has been working actively with social movements and NGOs on a variety

of processes, and have become integral to the Latin American processes for the 4th World Water Forum. FANCA are coconvening 3 sessions in Mexico. Linguistically this event is more accessible to Latin American civil society, in a way that is usually denied them due to language barriers. Advocacy and policy influencing should not be the preserve of the big international organisations; our work allows smaller organisations to play their role. CSO participation in the Forum will promote government commitments made during previous political meetings, for example the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to ensure that good decisions are not reversed, but kept to the forefront of discussions within the sector. We managed to secure some funding from the Mexican government for CSOs from Africa, Asia and Latin America to attend the Forum and put together their own sessions. We have secured five sessions, FAN is convening two sessions with international focus and the remaining three are convened by networks from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Funding covers the attendance of over 25 members of civil society from the three continents. These NGO sessions will focus on commitments made at intergovernmental level, for example the MDGs, looking at how CSOs are catalysing policy changes needed to keep commitments. We hope that the focus of this year’s Forum “Local Action for a Global Challenge” will lead to sustainable progress urgently needed to address the growing water crisis.

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Welcome to the 8th edition of Freshwater News, the bi-annual newsletter of Freshwater Action Network. FAN was established in 2000 and now has over 400 members from all over the world. For six years we have been strengthening the engagement of civil society organisations in water policy making and development initiatives through lobbying, information sharing and networking. Since 2003 FAN has supported regional advocacy networks in Central America (FANCA) and Africa (The African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation – (ANEW). Both networks share their news in this edition together with news on FAN activities by our members in Asia. Also in this issue find out what we have been doing to prepare for the 4th World Water Forum, our work with Mexican NGOs, read an assessment of the 2005 Global Call to Action Campaign and find out about our plans for 2006.

Global Campaign against Poverty continues into 2006 Our last newsletter highlighted the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) campaign, which ran throughout 2005, with three clear messages for world leaders: ‘Drop the debt’, ‘Trade justice for all’ and ‘More and better aid’. Unfortunately there has been limited progress. 2005 was hailed as a year of important political events in the fight against world poverty. At the centre of the GCAP campaign were calls to action for decisions to be made at the G8 Summit, UN Millennium Review Summit and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Conference. Debts owed by 18 of the world’s poorest countries to the World Bank, African Development Bank and the International

Monetary Fund were written off in July at the G8 but the UN Summit held in September– the largest gathering of world leaders since 2000 – repeated past commitments and failed to deliver the urgent measures required in the fight against poverty. The 2005 UN Human Development Report suggests that the MDGs are unlikely to be met.

Development Goals by 2015. The lack of coherence between promises made and actions taken is deplorable.” On a positive note, 2005 did result in a massive increase in global public awareness about the issues. The GCAP campaign will continue until at least 2007 when there will be a mid-term review of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. Events for 2006 and 2007 are not confirmed; there may be a global event on the 17th October 2006 for the International Day of Poverty.

GCAP events in Hong Kong during the WTO Ministerial / GCAP

“Despite the stark assessment that unless urgent action is taken now the MDGs will not be met by2015, the MDG+5 World Summit did almost nothing to advance these goals” (Giorgiana Rosa, BOND, 2005). GCAP’s response to the WTO Ministerial in December suggests that the least progress was made at this meeting in December. “By failing to undertake significant reforms in agricultural subsidies and market access and by denying developing countries the policy space needed to determine their own development paths, rich countries are once again shamefully breaking their promises to achieve the Millennium

FAN Advisory Group meets for the 3rd time in 2006 Since 2004 the FAN secretariat has met once a year with a small group of members to share highlights and discuss problems in an open and informal atmosphere. The 2006 Advisory Group Meeting will probably take place in the UK in June this year. As usual we will be inviting the secretariats of ANEW and FANCA to join FAN members from Europe and Asia to help us guide us through 2006/07. We welcome input from our members and will send an agenda for your comments nearer the time. Feel free to send any comments that you would like raised during the meeting to us by the end of May.

WE HAVE MOVED Please note our new contact details Freshwater Action Network • 2nd Floor • 47-49 Durham Street London • SE11 5JD, United Kingdom Phone: +44 20 7793 4522/4509 • Fax: +44 20 7793 4545 Email: • Website: 2



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CIVICUS World Assembly 21st-25th June 2006, Glasgow, Scotland

FAN Member Local Actions for the 4th World Water Forum We would like to thank all our members who submitted local actions for the 4th World Water Forum. More than 36 local actions were sent to the Forum either directly or via FAN, including 22 from Africa and 12 from Asia.

The World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) organises World Assemblies for international civil society representatives to get together, exchange ideas and experiences and to build strategies for a just world.

As there is limited space for all the local actions and participation at the Forum we plan to showcase these local actions on a dedicated area of our website during 2006.

Other resources available from Freshwater Action Network

FAN is keen to be involved at the World Assembly over the next three years when it is in Glasgow, Scotland. Let us know if you plan to attend or have suggestions about the role we could play there.

FAN E-Bulletin FAN has been distributing its electronic newsletter to FAN members and associate members since 2003. This free monthly publication keeps members informed about what is happening in water and sanitation policy across the world. content/CIVICUSworld assembly.htm

Staff changes Welcome to Ceridwen Johnson who has joined us as FAN’s new Information and Communication Officer. Ceridwen has recently completed a Masters in Development and came to us from TRAID ‘Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development’. She replaces Jayne Millar who has left FAN to live and work in New Zealand. Danielle Morley remains as the FAN Coordinator.

The three chapters are compiled from existing advocacy resources and final texts of international meetings. This resource is available with a number of other advocacy resources on our website urces/res6.asp

CIVICUS World Assemblies have been held every two years, but from 2006 they will be every year with one city hosting the event for 3 years in a row under the same theme. The theme until 2009 is “Acting Together for a Just World”.

World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) is an international alliance of over 1000 members from 105 countries that has worked for over a decade to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world

Resources available by email or post We have put together a resource to inform members about the Right to Water, the Commission on Sustainable Development and the Millennium Development Goals.

Each issue includes network news from FAN, FANCA, ANEW and Asia, as well as international news, upcoming events and meetings and links to news resources and research. There is also a get involved section highlighting opportunities for civil society. The E-bulletin is available in English, French and Spanish.

New on Policy Asian Development Bank worldBank.asp Millennium Development Goals

Updates on Issues Dams thematic/dams.asp Water as a Human Right thematic/rights.asp

Become a FAN Member FAN currently has 400 members working in the water sector from all over the world. Our members are kept up to date with what is happening in water policy and invited to participate in regional and international policy-making or research processes. They also share their requests and news via our monthly e-bulletins and bi-yearly newsletter. Members can search the database for others working in their region or expertise. The membership form is available in Spanish and English. Applicants will have the opportunity to join FANCA and ANEW when they fill in the form. 3



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FAN Mexico In November 2005 Nathalie Seguin was appointed as temporary Coordinator of FAN’s work in Mexico. Nathalie has a Masters degree in Water Sciences and previous work experience in communication. She has recently relocated from the USA back to Mexico. Nathalie introduces herself here. I am excited about my new role and am looking forward to working with Civil Society Organisations (CSO) in Mexico, especially around the 4th World Water Forum. I will create links between members and to other NGOs and CSOs in Mexico as well as find space for Mexican civil society to share experiences at national, regional and international level. I will also be a contact point for FANCA and FAN; working with the coordinators of these networks to foster collaboration and share experiences.

Contact FAN Mexico Nathalie Seguin Cordinadora FAN-Mexico

Preparatory Events for the 4th World Water Forum in the Americas FANCA is a civil society member of the Organising Committee for the Americas (COA), together with the Brazilian Water Caucus and the Mexican Consultative Council on Water. They work alongside inter-governmental and other institutions to prepare participation from the Americas towards the Forum. FANCA, FAN Mexico, Brazilian Water Caucus and the Mexican Consultative Council on Water organised three regional events for civil society

organisations from the Americas in Argentina, El Salvador and Mexico to prepare for World Water Forum IV. Over 120 organisations and networks attended the events. We learnt from each others successful water management experiences; prepared inputs to the Regional Document of the Americas and drafted an NGO regional document. The sessions assigned to Latin American civil society organisations in Mexico were discussed, local actions selected and a side event on Water as a Human Right developed. We also prepared inputs to the International Water Management Institute’s Comprehensive Assessment of Water for Agriculture. Never before has there been a participatory preparatory process for a World Water Forum with so many local organisations, networks and groups attending.

FANCA’s 4th Regional Meeting 45 participants met in November in San Salvador for FAN-Central America’s 4th Regional Meeting. It was the biggest regional meeting since FANCA was created in 2003, bringing together social organisations from each Central American country as well as participants from the Netherlands and Mexico. FANCA coordinator, Jorge Mora Portuguez, presented an annual report on activities highlighting the role played by FANCA in the preparatory process for the 4th World Water Forum and also in the development of the Central American Water Management Strategy, working alongside the Council of Ministers of Environment, Agriculture and Health. Recursos-Hidricos

New Structure for FANCA FANCA now has 62 members, many of them networks made up of hundreds of local organisations. With so many new


members, more than 20 since the beginning of 2005, there are growing communication and coordination issues to be resolved to keep everyone informed. Until now the national focal point acted as the main link between regional coordination and local organisations. Now local groups want direct access to the FANCA Executive Secretariat and the Regional Committee, without having to communicate through the national focal points. Therefore a new decision-making structure has been agreed to cope with the expanding workload and membership of the network. The Annual Regional Meeting will remain FANCA’s highest decision-making body. The Regional Committee can make some decisions outside of this meeting. It is made up of one representative from each country, whether or not they are the focal point. The national focal points will continue to play a facilitating role, transmitting information and drawing together common efforts. In future there may be more than one focal point in each country. The FANCA coordinator will be appointed from the Regional Committee representatives. The coordinator must report in advance on any issues in which he or she becomes involved on behalf of FANCA and provide feedback on events and actions. He or she may act on behalf of the Network without prior approval by the Regional Committee. The Regional Committee and the FANCA Coordinator will work in direct and close collaboration with each of the local and regional FANCA members.

Plans for 2006 The following actions were agreed at the 2005 Regional Meeting. • A strong presence at the 4th World Water Forum, March 2006. • Increasing the involvement in the development of water laws, plans and policy in each country of Central America, so that all water laws in the


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region are in the interests of the people and environment. Continued work on the water associations project. Continue to be part of the Technical Support Group on the Central American Integrated Water Management Strategy, acting as a link between the regional structures and councils of ministers and civil society organisations. Strengthen and expand the FANCA national networks. Strengthen the work on the Human Right to Water, coordinating with CLAEH (Latin American Water Studies Institute) and FAN international. This work will be shown during the 4th World Water Forum. Strengthening links with other civil society networks and organisations throughout Latin America and beyond.

Water Associations Project FANCA members have been documenting and analysing local water management experiences in Central America. Preliminary results show that in their various forms; Water Associations, Rural Water System Committees and Administrative Associations for Community Water Systems, locally water management supplies water to over 22 percent of the total population in Central America. Water Associations fill the gaps and deficiencies of national institutions without having to resort to the privatisation of water supply systems. FANCA is releasing a publication on the results of this research, supported by BothEnds from the Netherlands. Phase two will focus on working directly with, empowering and strengthening these local associations.

The Free Trade Agreement between Central America and USA spells trouble

National and local government will be exposed to a serious risk of multimillion dollar legal actions taken by companies under the FTA.

During 2004 the governments of Central America and the Dominican Republic signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. To be legal in each country it must be approved by the National Congresses of Central America. By the end of 2005 it was approved everywhere except Costa Rica.

Focal Point News

People in the region have serious concerns about the potential social and environmental impacts of this agreement to Central America. The World Bank has even expressed concern about a bilateral agreement between the USA and the nations of Central America whose economies are much weaker.

Work continues on the water laws project. Members support the formation of Water Boards.

The main concerns are: • For the USA, the FTA is not an International Treaty but is a commercial agreement, for Central America it will become legally binding at national level and any laws which oppose it will become invalid. • Water Laws are not considered environmental legislation so will not be included in the regulations of the “Environmental Chapter” of the treaty. This means that legislation to control or to regulate access to water for social or equity reasons could become invalid if against the rules of the FTA. • National Governments will have less control over the regulation of private companies. All conflicts will be handled by international tribunals. The high legal costs will influence governments to adopt environmental and social regulations in favour of investment and companies interests.

Contact FANCA FUDEU. 200 m. sur del Higuerón. • Barrio La Granja. San Pedro Montes de Oca • San José • Costa Rica Phone: (506) 280-1530 • Mobile: (506) 391-9782 Fax: (506) 281-3290 • Email: • Web:


Costa Rica During 2005 a number of new Costa Rican organisations joined FANCA creating a strong national network with links to many local groups throughout the country.

FANCA members have played a very important role in the process of elaboration of the new water law and have been among the main promoters of this process. Honduras During 2005 the Honduran focal point ‘Honduras Water Platform’ (PAH) was involved in planning and fundraising for the country’s first National Water Fair. This was an important awareness raising event for the protection of the rivers and aquifers, and brought together scientists, citizens and government officials. PAH also assisted local regions to organise water fairs in Santa Rosa, Gracias and Comayagua. They put on an exhibition about the ‘General Water Law’ and the ‘Framework Law on Water and Sanitation’ at the University of Honduras. They were made presentations on river basin management during the Central American meeting of Water Associations in La Ceiba, Department of Atlantida. Kenneth Rivera, the coordinator, was invited as a civil society representative at the European Union Water Initiative (EUWI) stakeholder forum during Stockholm Water Week in August. He represented FANCA and shared experiences of community managed water resources in Central America.



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‘Water for All’ or ‘All Water for Private Sector’? Forty civil society representatives from organisations in Asia-Pacific region met in Quezon City, Philippines to prepare inputs for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Water Policy Implementation Review on the 18th November. 2005 was a review year for the ADB’s ‘Water for All’ policy. During the three day meeting, organised by the NGO Forum on ADB and Jubilee South, it was concluded that ‘Water for All’ would not be achieved under ADBs current policy. The group wants the ADB to rewrite its water policy document to better reflect the needs of the poor and stop its pursuit of water as a tradable right instead of a human right. Drawing on their research and experiences in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines, the outcomes of the meeting fed into a synthesis report focusing on issues arising from implementation of the ADB’s Water Policy. The NGO report follows the structure of the ADBs Water Policy and offers policy and implementation critiques backed up with case study evidence, together with conclusions and recommendations under the following five headings:

National policies and reforms Conclusion: The ADB has been found to promote the adoption of its Water Policy in Developing Member Countries (DMC’s) national policies and laws. In some cases approval of loans has been directly linked to the countries undertaking policy reforms. Recommendation: De-link loans from

Press conference on synthesis report / FAN conditionality and respect the constitution and laws of each country.

Integrated water resource management Conclusions: The Water Policy does not recognise existing indigenous and local water management systems. Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) can only be successful when a River Basin Organisation (RBO) is founded on the participation of local stakeholders. The concept of tradable water rights in the Water Policy is confusing and dangerous and there is also no mention of the World Commission on Dams (WCD) recommendations which are widely accepted by diverse stakeholders as a minimum standard to ensure environmental protection and social measures. Recommendations: The importance of local knowledge should be recognised and RBOs constructed from the bottom up. Allocation of rights to water use should not be left to market forces and the WCD recommendations should be adopted as a matter of priority.

Improving water services

Workshops preparing for ADB meeting / FAN

Conclusions: In many cases the ADB’s work has undermined the government as a provider of social services, for example


promoting the privatisation of water utilities. Privatisation should not be assumed to be more efficient than the public sector. Recommendations: The ADB should recognise the constitutionally mandated role of governments to provide services and stop designing loans to be contingent on private sector participation (PSP).

Conservation of water and increasing system efficiencies Conclusions: The ADB Water Policy assumes that the poor are willing to pay for water services. Recommendations: The ADB should reexamine the evidence for poor people’s willingness to pay.

Improving governance and participation Conclusions: Evidence from the case studies suggests that where the ADB carried out consultations it was the minimum necessary to fulfil project obligations, which does not amount to genuine people’s participation. Gender concerns have not been addressed effectively in project implementation. Good governance is an essential component of the Water Policy yet the ADB supports governments that have a disregard for the principles of good governance.



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Recommendations: To become more pro-poor the ADB should ensure meaningful participation from the design stage, making clear the different development alternatives and their implications for loan conditions and the debt burden. People’s participation should not exist to legitimise projects. A gender focus should exist from the design phase. The ADB should not support high-risk projects in countries that have a bad track record of human rights violations.

The Panel considered the evidence and made their recommendations to the ADB Board in December 2005. The NGO Forum on ADB has a 15 year history of monitoring the ADB’s policies, programmes and projects. Based in the Philippines it is a network of over 300 civil society organisations throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Response of the ADB These conclusions and recommendations were presented to the ADB and the Water Policy Review Panel at the Civil Society Consultation. The ADB admitted to problems in the implementation of its Water Policy and thanked the NGO Forum on ADB and WaterAid who had both prepared case studies and synthesis reports to highlight where the policy should be changed or improved. The day mixed case study examples with open discussion, which was an opportunity for civil society participants to reinforce what was presented in the synthesis report and ask the ADB for comments on specific issues.

South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) postponed The massive earthquake which killed tens of thousands and affected millions of others in Pakistan, Kashmir and India, led to the cancellation of SACOSAN in November 2005. The meeting is being rescheduled during 2006. We hope that some FAN members from South Asia will be able to attend and look forward to sharing their experiences in the next newsletter.

Zonal database of Civil Society Organisations working in the water sector in South Asia In South Asia FAN is working to connect existing Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) networks. The first step was co-organising two meetings in India at the beginning of 2005 in Hyderabad and Assam. These were profiled in our last newsletter and detailed reports can be found on our website. Our second step is to work with CapNet Indian and FAN members in the region to compile a database of Indian NGOs and networks working in IWRM and WSS, particularly advocacy. It will map resources, expertise, and knowledge, create linkages and identify emerging issues. If successful we will role this out to other countries in the region. We hope that the resource will be available on CD Rom and the FAN website soon. It will be a free resource for FAN members. Contact:

Running Dry is the submission from Civil Society Organisations to the ADB Water Policy Implementation Review. The document is based on the case studies prepared by the NGO Forum on ADB member organisations and Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development. To order a copy contact

Join the FAN-South Asia List Serve Email to subscribe or to post a message.

NGO Forum on ADB 85-A, Masikap Ext., Central District, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101 Philippines Tel: +63-2-921-4412 Fax: +63-2-921-4412 E-mail:

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Africa Civil Society Network on Water

ANEW holds its first General Meeting

be a positive move as the secretariat will now be based in the same office as the Task Force member for East Africa.

Participants at the ANEW General Meeting / FAN

During the final two days Simphiwe Nojiyeza and Bryan Ashe both from South Africa led discussion on ANEW’s inputs for the 4th World Water Forum. The group developed local actions that went forward to the African Preparatory Meeting for the 4th World Water Forum in Tunis (September 2005) during which the African Development Bank offered ANEW space at the Forum to present.

In September 2005 twenty-two participants from national water and sanitation networks across Africa joined the ANEW Task Force at ANEW’s first General Meeting. The meeting, hosted by Southern Africa Task Force member Martin Rall from The Mvula Trust, was held in Pretoria, South Africa. The week-long meeting sought to discuss and review the progress and governance of ANEW and to develop sessions and local actions for the 4th World Water Forum. Expectations discussed at the very beginning reflected a desire to establish a shared understanding of what ANEW is trying to achieve as well as a focus on the governance issues left since ANEW’s inception meeting in October 2003. One full day (with many additional after hours) was dedicated to drafting ANEW’s constitution. There were also progress reports from the Task Force members and the ANEW Coordinator on last years activities. Participants felt that they were unable to collectively make decisions for the wider ANEW network. Any final decision making, particularly on the constitution, is being done with the input of ANEW members continent wide. The only decision that was made at the meeting was to move the secretariat of ANEW to Maji-na-Ufanisi (Nairobi, Kenya) from ELCI from 2006. The group felt that this would

The Draft ANEW constitution is now available on the ANEW website. Minutes of the General Meeting are available from The Task Force and Secretariat would welcome comments from ANEW members. Participants: Edward Kairu (Kenya), Frank Habineza (Rwanda), John Byarugaba (Uganda), Yunia Mussazi (Uganda), Desta Demessie (Ethiopia), Martin Rall (South Africa), Delax Chilumbu (Zambia), Bryan Ashe (South Africa), Daniel Ribeiro (Mozambique), Simphiwe Nojiyeza (South Africa), Youssef Nouri (Tunisia), Essam Nada (Egypt), Nouri Droughi (Libya), Ossai Faith Nwadishi (Nigeria), Bouna Diop (Senegal), Patrick Apoya (Ghana), Alphonse Issi (Cameroon), Juliette Malenge (ANEW Coordinator) Violet Matiru (Kenya), Anthony Mwangi (Kenya), Jayne Millar (FAN), Danielle Morley (FAN)

Funding News After submitting an initial proposal to the EU Water Facility in early 2005, ANEW received the good news that it was through to the second round. A full proposal was submitted in September and we should hear soon if it has been successful.

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ANEW has moved From January 2006, Maji Na Ufanisi, a Water and Sanitation NGO based in Nairobi, Kenya, will host the ANEW secretariat. Prof Prof Edward Kairu, East Africa Edward Task Force member and Kairu CEO of Maji Na Ufanisi introduces himself and his organisation here. Maji na Ufanisi (MnU) is a membership based local (Kenyan) NGO. It has operated as a local NGO since December 1997 with a focus on building the capacity of partner institutions to access and manage water and environmental sanitation services. We support partner institutions to reach the neediest, most vulnerable groups in rural and urban Kenya. In the rural and urban areas the target groups have been populations in the Arid and Semi Arid lands, and those dwelling in the populous informal settlements of Nairobi respectively. We are delighted to have been given the honour of housing ANEW, which has enormous potential to make a difference to people’s livelihoods throughout Africa. We hope to have the new secretariat established and up and running in early 2006.

Contact ANEW The Coordinator Africa Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation c/o Maji Na Ufanisi Theta Lane, off Lenana Road, Hurlingham P.O. Box 58684 – 00200 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 20 2727107/8 Fax: +254 20 2726332 Email: Website: Designed & Printed Waterless Offset by Seacourt

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