FANSA

The FANSA journey began in 2007. A long and broad based consultation process, led by FAN members in South Asia, was conducted to explore the need for a South Asian regional water and sanitation network which would act as an affiliate of the FAN global network. Over 200 key actors from the water and sanitation sector took par t in this consultation process, mostly small and medium sized civil society organizations from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. FANSA was formally launched in Nepal in January 2008. Over 20 representatives from South Asia, nominated at national and sub-national meetings came together to plan joint advocacy activities and take fur ther steps towards building a strong and vibrant regional network. Despite being a nascent Network FANSA demonstrated tremendous potential with its influencing work around the South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN-III, November 2008, New Delhi) in which South Asian governments made a huge forward step by committing to recognize access to both sanitation and drinking water as a basic right. Along with Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and WaterAid, FANSA had organised a civil society pre-meeting that took place before the main SACOSAN-III. After conducting a series of in-country consultation meetings about 100 civil society members represented at this Pre-SACOSAN civil society meeting and contributed to develop a civil society declaration that reflected the WASH issues and aspirations of the people in South Asia.

This declaration included a call to the National Governments of South Asia to recognize right to water and sanitation. Civil Society leaders par ticipating in SACOSAN-III have used this declaration to lobby and influence the discussions of this conference which is animpor tant Regional Inter-Governmental platform on sanitation.

FANSA’s ability to systematically mobilize civil society around this event demonstrated its distinct edge as consor tium of civil society organisations capable of building alliances and projecting unified voice. Through this effor t FANSA has also demonstrated that it can manage the major advocacy processes in a true spirit of collaboration with other networks and institutions. In the process,

the network gained many suppor ters who suggested that FANSA should follow up the work with the governments of South Asia to ensure that they deliver on the commitments made during the SACOSAN-III. The network now also needs to build the capacities of communities and their networks to claim their rights. FANSA national networks will continue to work towards ensuring that the right to water and sanitation is in the country level constitutions. FANSA’s experience of mobilising resources from varied sources including WSSCC, IRC and WaterAid is also a notable achievement. With the first major event under its belt.

The Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) aims to improve governance in WASH sector by strengthening the role of civil society in decision-making. It considers both environmental and developmental aspects as crucial for the realization of the right to water and sanitation for present and future generations.

FANSA was established in 2008 based on the felt need of the civil societies to ensure that their local experiences and voices are represented at the policy-making discussion and fora. The South Asian network is a member of Freshwater Action Network (FAN), a global consor tium of civil society networks engaged in implementing and influencing water and sanitation policy and practice.

Vision

A world where water is respected and protected by all as an essential resource for all forms of life and where universal access to water and sanitation is achieved responsibly, equitably and inclusively.

Mission

To empower civil society organizations to engage effectively and influence water governance towards the realization of the right to water and sanitation for present and future generations.

Aim

FANSA aims to strengthen the engagement of civil society in WASH related policymaking and development specifically in the South Asia region. Currently it has national level networks in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan and plans to expand or linkup with existing civil society networks in other South Asian countries.

In par ticular, it suppor ts initiatives to achieve international targets on water and sanitation, improve regional cooperation between different civil society organizations and increase the number of civil societies to advocate and communicate clearly on water policy issues and the broader agenda.

Objectives- FANSA Madhya Pradesh

  • To establish FANSA as a strong and vibrant South Asian regional consor tium
  • to build an informed and community rooted advocacy process
  • To develop members’ knowledge of water and sanitation issues
  • To develop collaborative linkages between FANSA and other networks
  • Promoting membership of like minded organizations in Gwalior and Bhopal through network meetings and discussions.
  • Working as group for policy influence on water related issues.

Advocacy Efforts

  • Participation in Handwashing day celebration with UNICEF in Bhopal in the presence of Honorable Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mr.Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan.
  • Network of local NGOs, Political Parties, Lawyers, Labour union for advocacy on water issue.
  • Participation in consultation on sustainable sanitation systems in Delhi in June –Organized by WASH.
  • Lead organization in implementing social awarness through communities under the FINISH- Financial Inclusion Improved Sanitation and Health.
  • Participation in Challenges to Sanitation Systems workshop as resource organization in Ooty.

Activities:

  • Working with local musical band of Gwalior for promotion of issues of climate change and water crisis. Songs like “Banjar” , already shared with friends has been played on local FM stations in Gwalior and community radio station in Shivpuri.
  • Cross-City celebrations of the World Handwashing day in Bhopal in Gwalior among the children of schools and slums.
  • Video shows on sanitation in urban slums of Gwalior.
  • Promotion of FANSA membership through meetings and mini-consultations.
  • Water Citizen Charter prepared , signed and submitted to the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.
  • FANSA membership promoted through various websites- sambhavindia.org, blogs etc.
  • Programs on water conservation on climate change been prepared and broadcasted through community radio station , Radio Dhadkan 107.8 FM.

Future Direction:

  • Using media as a tool- audio and video on behalf of FANSA for larger awareness and community level networking.
  • Consultations/Training of NGOs and CBOs on Climate Change in Gwalior, Shivpuri, Indore, Bhopal, and Jabalpur.
  • Promotion of larger membership base of the FANSA.
  • Working on water plan and budgeting in Tikamgarh district for water security, seeing how NREGA can be included.
  • Advocacy on urban water supply and quality through community advocacy.
  • Preparing climate change impact document on Gwalior, Indore, and Jabalpur.
  • Launching a water issue website for madhya pradesh.

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