Making Rights Real

How can I…? What is…? Frequently asked questions on Making Rights Real

The Making Rights Real materials are currently available in seven languages:
English | Hindi | Oriya | Oromo | French | Spanish | Portuguese.

The support materials (persona document and questionnaires) are currently only available in English.
Get in touch if you would like to translate the Making Rights Real materials or support materials into another language.

It is best if you let a professional printer print the Making Rights Real materials. Refer to the Instructions for use for details on the type of paper to use and how to fold the materials. In the future, we want to make the Making Rights Real materials available in a format that can be printed out on office printers.

You are free to use the Making Rights Real materials for non-commercial purposes in any way you like. The six-step process is just a suggestion.
In creating the Making Rights Real materials, we have tried to find the right balance between presenting human rights in a way that is relevant and useful for local government, while also presenting legally correct information. This is why we ask you not to make changes to the materials themselves by yourself. If you have suggestions for improvements, please tell us! We want to improve the materials over time, and your input will be helpful for that.

Making Rights Real has been developed by experts on human rights, WASH and communication from a consortium of organisations: WASH United, WaterAid, the Institute for Sustainable Futures (University of Technoolgy Sydney), the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN), End Water Poverty (EWP), Unicef and Simavi. Together, we support implementation of Making Rights Real and continue to develop the approach on the basis of experiences with implementation.

Everyone is free to use, reproduce and share the Making Rights Real materials for non-commercial purposes. The materials are subject to the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike 4.0 International Public License (
As a consortium, we are not able to provide funding to organisations that want to use Making Rights Real. If you have questions on how you can use Making Rights Real, please get in touch with us!

No. The Making Rights Real approach can be used without special training. You can refer to the six-step process for a suggested way of using Making Rights Real, or you can find your own way of integrating it into WASH programming. If you have questions on how to use Making Rights Real, please get in touch and we will do all we can to help. In the future, we want to make support available that is easily accessible for WASH practitioners, such as webinars.

It depends on the context! Some organisations have used Making Rights Real and achieved results after only six months. In other cases this will take longer. How long the process takes will depend on factors such as the challenges you want to address, the willingness and ability of local government officials to affect change over time, and many more. To help you monitor whether you are achieving change, you can use the questionnaires as described in the six-step process.

We suggest you build monitoring and evaluation into your process of working with Making Rights Real. You can use the questionnaires in the support materials to carry out baseline, midline and endline surveys, as described in the six-step process. Depending on your programme, you may also want to use other methods to monitor success. If you have suggestions that you think could help others, we would love to hear from you!

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