At FRANK Water we have always been advocates for the right to access safe water and sanitation. We’ve directly helped over 300,000 people, but with millions still without safe water, we need to advocate for changes in funding and policy to make improvements on a larger scale.
In India we advocate at a local, community level to raise individual and government awareness about WASH issues faced by marginalised communities.
Using funding to secure further support
In Madhya Pradesh, with £50,000 of funding over 3 years, communities have secured £252,230 worth of water infrastructure from the government including hand-pumps and taps. Under the Clean India Campaign, the same communities have leveraged funding from the government for 487 toilets with a further 1,500 due to be installed in the next 2 years.
By funding communities £50,000 over 3 years, we've supported them to leverage more than £600,000 from the Indian government. That’s twelve times the original funding and a more sustainable way of communities claiming their rights – not from charity, but through their own efforts.
Claiming land rights
It’s not all about making our funds go further. We've worked with communities to advocate for their right to land. 334 families now own a small piece of land in the forests of MP following successful advocacy to the National Forest Department to gain their rights under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) 2006.
In the UK
2015 was a big year for advocacy around global development and climate change.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
In September the SDGs were unveiled including Goal 6 “to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” by 2030. In December, the UN met in Paris to address climate change.
How FRANK Water is involved
The outcomes from these history-making meetings will directly affect FRANK Water’s work and we were keenly involved though the Sanitation and Water for All campaign, Action 2015, the End Water Poverty alliance, the South West Development Network and BOND. We met with our local MPs and Bristol’s Mayor and continued to campaign to put water and sanitation at the top of the agenda for change. FRANK Water is fast becoming a voice for WASH and development in India and in the South West of England.