Cookie tracking notice
Are we allowed to crumble with cookies and anonymous tracking?

We use cookies on our website. Some of them are essential for the operation of the site (so called session cookies), while others help us to improve this site and the user experience (tracking cookies). We use the application Matomo and the external service etracker to analyze your behavior on our website anonymously. Because we value your privacy, we are here with asking your permission to use the following technologies. You can change your settings any time via this link or the menu item in footer menu. For more information visit our Data Policy

Human Rights and Water Integrity - Implications For Informal Settlement Water And Sanitation

Roaf, V., Potter, A., Ngunjiri, I., and Schreiner, B. (2020)

Published in: 2020
Pages: 36

Publisher:
Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) and the Water Integrity Network

Author:
Roaf, V., Potter, A., Ngunjiri, I., and Schreiner, B.

Uploaded by:
SuSanA Admin


875 Views
19 Downloads

Despite clear international law on the human right to water, and widespread recognition of this right, almost one billion people still do not have adequate, affordable and safe access to water and 2.4 billion people do not have access to safe sanitation.

The world’s urban population is increasing and by conservative estimates, rates of growth will continue well into the middle of this century. By 2050, 70% of the global population is expected to live in cities. While the proportion of the urban population living in informal settlements has gradually decreased, the absolute number of people living in informal settlements has continued to increase.

Rapid urbanisation poses challenges to city governments’ ability to meet their human rights obligations, especially in expanding informal settlements. However, safely managed water and sanitation services significantly reduce social, health, economic and financial costs, to both governments and households. Informal settlements are generally well located with respect to economic opportunities, transportation and social facilities, and while precarious, they provide livelihoods opportunities. They provide affordable rental accommodation or land for self-built shelter. They are an entry point into an urban economy. The persistence of informal settlements is a clear indication of the state’s failure and the market’s inability to provide poor households with affordable accommodation options in well-located areas, and of the resilience and agency of poor households.

“Integrity” and “human rights” are complementary frameworks, brought into focus in this paper through the lens of informal settlement water and sanitation. Findings from research undertaken in Siyanda, Marikana and Ratanang, three informal settlements in different provinces of South Africa and in Mukuru, an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, are discussed. The paper shows how an integrity focus can help to achieve human rights obligations and how a human rights focus improves integrity and reduces opportunities for corruption. It concludes by discussing cross-cutting issues with respect to improved integrity and the realisation of human rights.

Bibliographic information

Roaf, V., Potter, A., Ngunjiri, I., and Schreiner, B. (2020). Human Rights and Water Integrity - Implications For Informal Settlement Water And Sanitation. Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) and the Water Integrity Network

Filter tags

English Politicians and local decision makers Practitioners Sub-Saharan Africa Urban informal settlements (slums)

Further readings

Download

Human Rights And Water Integrity Implications For Informal Settlement Water And Sanitation

Format: pdf file
Size: 1.12 MB

Share this page on    


Follow us on    

SuSanA Partners  currently 388 partners

Networks Circle

 

Sanitation events

SuSanA newsletter

Stay informed about the activities of SuSanA and its partners. The SuSanA newsletter is sent out around four times per year. It contains information about news, events, new partners, projects, discussions and publications of the SuSanA network.

Subscribe to newsletter »

Latest tweets mentioning SuSanA

Tweets mentioning SuSanA »

32nd SuSanA Meeting

The 32nd virtual SuSanA Meeting took place Monday, 22nd of August (9:00 - 17:00 CEST), right before the Stockholm World Water Week. It was organised by the Secretariat with support and contributions from SuSanA Partners, Members, Working Groups, Regional Chapters and many more. 

Now meeting recordings and presentations available: Click here to get to the Meeting Page!

SuSanA meetings

Jobs

 


close  

 

Resources and publications

Our library has more than 3,000 publications, factsheets, presentations, drawings etc. from many different organisations. It continues to grow thanks to the contributions from our partners.

Add item to library »

The three links below take you to special groups of items in the library for more convenient access:

Projects

The project database contains nearly 400 sanitation projects of many different organizations dealing with research, implementation, advocacy, capacity development etc. Advanced filtering functions and a global map are also available. Information on how and why this database was created is here.

People working for SuSanA partners can add their own projects through their partner profile page. You might need your SuSanA login upgraded for this purpose. Please contact us if you would like to add a project.


Trainings, conference and events materials

Missed important conferences or courses? Catch up by using their materials for self study. These materials have been kindly provided by SuSanA partners.

Sanitation Workers Knowledge and Learning Hub

Regional chapters

Use the map or the search tool to access the most relevant information and knowledge products for your region or country. This includes relevant resources, events, partners or projects.

Shit flow diagrams, excreta flow diagrams (223 SFDs worldwide)

Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) help to visualize excreta management in urban settings. Access SFDs and more through the SFD Portal.

Emersan eCompendium

 


close  

 

Discussion forum

Share knowledge, exchange experiences, discuss challenges, make announcements, ask questions and more. Hint: Your discussion forum login is the same as your SuSanA login. More about the forum's philosophy »


Integrated content

We are hosting content from some other communities of practice and information-sharing portals. This section also provides a link to SuSanA's Sanitation Wikipedia initiative.

Suggest content to add »

SuSanA partners

Not yet a SuSanA partner? Show your organisation's support to SuSanA's vision and engage in  knowledge sharing by becoming partners.

Apply to become a partner »


Individual membership

Register as an individual member of SuSanA free of charge. As a member you can interact with thousands of sanitation enthusiasts on the discussion forum.  You can also get engaged in one of our 13 working groups and our regional chapters. Our FAQs explain the benefits further.

By getting a SuSanA login you can fully participate in the SuSanA community!

Register as a member

Login


Forgot your password?

 


close