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Concerted Efforts at Policy Dialogue

National Dialogue on “Water entitlements and allocations for livelihoods and ecosystem needs and the legal-institutional framework for conflict resolution”, 25-26 February 2010
National Dialogue on Water Entitlements and Allocations for Livelihoods and Ecosystem Needs and the Legal-institutional Framework for Conflict Resolution was held on 25-26 February 2010 at Pune. This workshop was in continuation to the earlier workshop that the Forum had organised on the same theme in Pune on 30-31 March 2009. After this workshop the Forum had set up two thematic groups to work on these two themes (Water entitlements and allocations for livelihoods and environment; Legal and institutional issues related to water conflict resolution) and come out with draft position papers.
The main objective of this workshop was to discuss the two draft position papers and finalize them. Also, the workshop provided an opportunity for the Forum to get inputs from a large number of participants with varying backgrounds that would further strengthen the position papers and the work of the Forum. These position papers will feed into the outreach and policy advocacy outputs while partially defining the strategic approach for conflict resolution.
The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. C. R. Neelakandanan, an activist from Kerala. He delivered the key note address to the Dialogue and more than 60 participants were involved in the discussions during the workshop including scholars like Prof. Ramaswamy Iyer, Dr.Biksham Gujja, Himanshu Thakkar, Prof. S. Janakarajan, Prof. M.K. Prasad, Shripad Dharmadhikary, Dr. Bharat Patankar to name a few. The two position papers will be revised in light of the comments received in these discussions.
 
Workshop on Right to Water, 27 February 2010 
WaterAid India, New Delhi and the Forum jointly organised a one day workshop on Right to Water and Sanitation on 27 February 2010. This was the second workshop in the series. The earlier workshop was held on 5th August, 2009 at New Delhi hosted by FAN South Asia (FANSA), Bread for the World, FORUM, WaterAid India (WAI) and India WASH Forum (IWF). It was organised mainly to understand and learn from practical experience of Rights Approach to social entitlements, explore the feasibility of Right to Water and Sanitation as a constitutional enforceable right in India and develop mechanisms of collective and coordinated action among CSOs at national and sub national levels on Right to Water and Sanitation and action plans for taking this forward in 2009. The objective of the workshop was to take the Delhi discussions forward and also evolve a strategy for further action keeping the action agenda evolved in the Delhi meeting. This meeting also discussed the two position papers by the Forum’s thematic subgroups.
 
One day workshop on Right to Water and Sanitation, 5 August 2009 
One day visioning and strategy planning meeting on ‘Right to Water and Sanitation: Moving Towards a Constitutional Guarantee’ was held on 5 August, 2009 at Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The workshop was hosted by FAN South Asia (FANSA), Bread for the World, WaterAid India (WAI) and India WASH Forum (IWF) and Forum participated in this workshop as one of the conveners and partner organization.
The objectives of the meeting were:

  • Understanding and learning from practical experience of Rights Approach to a social entitlements: food, education, health and work.
  • Feasibility of right to water and sanitation as a constitutional enforceable right in India.
  • Developing mechanisms of collective and coordinated action among CSOs at national and sub national levels on right to water and sanitation, and action plans for taking this forward in 2009.

Access to safe drinking water is critical to the right to life. Lack of access to decent sanitation compromises life and dignity. Access to both safe water and sanitation is necessary to ensure human health. Apart from compromising human rights, the economic costs of paying insufficient attention to securing the rights to water and sanitation for all people is staggering. In India alone, 73 million working days, at a cost of USD 600 million are lost due to water borne diseases. At least 21 international covenants explicitly or implicitly acknowledge the importance of the right to water and sanitation. There are gaps between convictions, commitments by the state and actions on the ground to secure these rights. These gaps have brought the organizations together.
K J Joy, Suhas Paranjape, Shruti Vispute and Latha A. participated in this meeting. K. J. Joy made a presentation on Forum’ s understanding and take on right to water and why it is important to make it a fundamental right.