The Governance and Transparency Fund programme

Case studies from the Governance and Transparency Fund programme


Over the past five years, WaterAid, in collaboration with the Freshwater Action Network, has been strongly involved in a Governance and Transparency Fund programme, funded by the UK Government’s Department for International

Development. This programme aimed to improve civil society organisations’ capacity to hold duty bearers to account and demand equitable and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene delivery for the poorest and most marginalised people.

The programme has been carried out in 16 countries across Africa, Asia and Central America, collaborating with more than 30 civil society organisations, including national CSO networks, community-based organisations and non-governmental organisations.

Since its inception, the programme has made significant achievements, empowering citizens to engage more effectively in decision-making processes at all levels:

  • Increasing the capacity of local partners to influence policies and practices at all levels.
  • Increasing community engagement in decision-making.
  • Informing and empowering citizens to demand change.

The programme has contributed to implementing the United Nations’ recognition of the human rights to water and sanitation at a global level, and at national and regional levels it has been involved in the vital work of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership.

This compendium of case studies has been developed to give in depth insight into some experiences as well as share lessons from implementing the programme, with the aim to benefit the wider sector.

The cases cover a broad range of issues including the use of media, public expenditure monitoring or addressing corruption. We hope these case studies will be of benefit to you.