WaterAid countries working n South Asia have joined a wide ranging coalition of organisations to launch an important new campaign to urge governments in South Asia to priortise sanitation.

Ahead of the crucial fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN VI) in November 2013, the campaign aims to mobilize over a million people across South Asia. Campaign supporters ranging from individuals to large civil society organizations will call on Governments attending the meeting to keep their promises made at previous meetings.

What does the campaign aim to achieve?

In 2011, representatives from South Asian countries came together for the fourth South Asian Conference on Sanitation where they made a commitment to increase the funding for sanitation and make sure it is better targeted at the poorest in society. Specific commitment included:

With just over half a year before the upcoming meeting of the South Asian governments, the campaign aims to hold Government to account for their promises made and achieve the political commitment to:

  • Producing clear budget lines specifically for sanitation and hygiene so commitments can be tracked.
  • Increasing budget allocation for the provision of sustainable sanitation services by 5% annually.
  • Allocating 20% of the sanitation budget for poor, marginalised and hard to reach communities to ensure all benefit from investments.
  • Recommending clear and strong sanitation targets in the follow up to the Millennium Development Goals.

How can I get involved / find out more?

Organisations and individuals in South Asia who want to take part in the campaign should contact the WaterAid representative for the campaign [email protected]

Find out more about the campaign by clicking on the tabs below:

March 2013

Keep your promises on sanitation launched on Monday March 18 in Kathmandu Nepal where parliamentarians from over six countries joined representatives of more than 80 civil society organizations.

Parliamentarians attending the launch issued a joint parliamentary statement to set out a call for action by South Asian governments to achieve total access to sanitation in the region. As well as increased investment in the sector, parliamentarians call for better targeting by both national governments and donors of existing resources towards poor and marginalised groups. They also asked that South Asian governments ensure that sanitation is prioritised in the post-2015 positions of South Asian governments.

The launch also included a citizens’ charter setting out the steps that are needed to address the sanitation crisis in South Asia that results in over 300,000 preventable child deaths every year. The charter calls on governments to recognise sanitation as a human right and ensure that this right is realised by allocating resources, targeting the most marginalised and hard to reach populations and monitoring and reporting on progress.

A simultaneous launch of the event also took place in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Who is involved in the campaign?

WaterAid Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India have joined with over 85 civil society organizations ranging from Oxfam Nepal to the Dalit Action Group of India:

At the South Asia regional level
1. Freshwater Action Network – South Asia (FANSA)
2. Global Call for Action Against Poverty – South Asia
3. Global Water Partnership – South Asia
4. Plan International
5. Peoples’ SAARC
6. WaterAid
7. Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
8. Wash Media Forum – South Asia

At country level
1. RDP – Haripur
2. Health and Nutrition Development Society – Karachi
3. Lodhran Pilot Project – Lodhran
4. Pakistan Institute for Environment Development Action Research – Islamabad
5. KHOWANDOKOR – Peshawar
6. SABAWON – Peshawar
7. ActionAid – Pakistan
8. Rural Support Programme Network – Islamabad
9. Awaz Foundation/ GCAP – Pakistan
10. Oxfam GB – Pakistan
11. CHIP – Islamabad
12. Family Planning Association of Pakistan
13. Punjab Urban Resource Centre – Lahore
14. PIDS – Quetta
15. AGAHE – Lahore
16. IRSP/FANSA – Pakistan
17. Wash Media Pakistan
18. WaterAid Pakistan
19. Concern Worldwide – Islamabad
20. SHARP – Islamabad
21. Plan Pakistan

1. All India Forum of Forest Movements (AIFFM)
2. Bharat Muslim Mahila Andolan
4. Centre for Dalit Rights (CDR)
5. Dalit Action Group
6. Dalit Bahujan Front
8. Jagori
9. FANSA – India
10. GRC
12. National Forum on Housing Rights
13. National Confederation of Dalit Organisations (NACDOR)
14. Open Space
15. Rashtriya Dalit Mahila Andolan
16. Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan

1. FANSA Bangladesh
2. NGO Forum for Public Health
3. Village Education Resource Centre (VERC)
4. Population Services Training Centre (PSTC)
5. CAMPE (Campaign for Popular Education)
6. Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK)
7. Unnayan Shahojogy Team (UST)
8. Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM)
9. Plan Bangladesh
10. BRAC
11. WSSCC Bangladesh
12. Bangladesh WaSH Alliance
13. WaterAid Bangladesh
15. Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA)
16. Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction (UPPR)

1. Centre of Integrated Urban Development
2. Environment Public Health Organisation
3. FANSA – Nepal
4. Feminist Dalit Organisation
5. Federation of Water and Sanitation Users, Nepal
6. Guthi
8. Nepal Water for Health
9. NGO Forum on Water and Sanitation
10. Wash Media from Nepal
11. Oxfam
12. Pashchim Paila
13. Patan Community Based Rehabilitation Organisation
14. Peoples’ SAARC
15. Plan International
16. Urban Environment Management Support

Sri Lanka
1. Centre for Environmental Justice