Civil society organisations and government officials in Bhutan preparing to use Making Rights Real
Civil society organisations in Odisha, India preparing to use Making Rights Real
Government officials discussing Making Rights Real with civil society in Bangladesh
Government officials in Ethiopia discussing how to apply the concepts from MRR to their work

Use Making Rights Real in your work with local government

The Making Rights Real (MRR) approach translates human rights concepts in such a way that they become relevant in local government processes that are common in many countries. It has been developed together by experts on human rights, WASH and communication.

You can use Making Rights Real in all kinds of WASH sector programmes and in combination with your own methods or approaches. It consists of materials that introduce human rights concepts to local government officials and a suggested process of engaging them. The process includes complementary support materials such as questionnaires for base-, mid- and end-line assessments.

While we suggest you always use the MRR materials to engage local government officials, you may want to adapt the process of using the materials to your own needs or engage local government in a different way. The key is that Making Rights Real aims to help you engage local government officials in a constructive, solution focused conversation about challenges they face and inspire them to do better, using human rights. Experience with using Making Rights Real shows that local government have not just shown willingness to address problems, but have taken action.

The 3-piece set of the Making Rights Real materials:
Pocket Guide, Manual and Journey

Get started with Making Rights Real

The Making Rights Real approach consists of the 3-piece set of MRR materials and six simple steps to working with them. However, you are free to use Making Rights Real in a way that works for you. And if you have suggestions that you think could help others, please let us know!

The Making Rights Real materials are:

> The Pocket Guide – basic thoughts and principles
> The Manual – applying principles in practice
> The Journey – the process at a glance

Download the Making Rights Real materials below. How could you use them to engage with local government officials on challenges in service provision? How would this fit into the work you already do with local government? The six simple steps are a suggested process, but you know best what works in your context, so feel free to adjust!

Six simple steps to working with Making Rights Real

Who could be a hero?​
Who could be a hero?​
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Among your contacts, who is open to talking about problems? Who are the would be heroes who could be heroes? Identify the individuals in local government who you think are open to new ideas. You can use the persona document (> see support materials below) to identify the people you want to engage with.
What is holding them back? ​
What is holding them back? ​
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What challenges do local government officials face in their work for water and sanitation services? Have a first conversation with 'your' local government officials to understand what they struggle with. You can use the baseline questionnaire (> see support materials below) to structure the conversation.
How can you inspire them to do better? ​
How can you inspire them to do better? ​
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What small changes could 'your' local government officials make to solve some of their challenges? Introduce the Making Rights Real materials (> download below) to 'your' local government officials and have a conversation how the principles and concepts explained therein relate to their work. Leave the materials behind and agree a time when you will meet again.
What do they think now?​
What do they think now?​
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After some time for reflection, what do 'your' local government officials think about the principles and concepts explained in the Making Rights Real materials? You can use the midline questionnaire (> see support materials below) to structure this conversation.
What will they do differently?
What will they do differently?
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Have 'your' local government officials identified any action they can take to address the challenges they face, using the principles and concepts explained in the Making Rights Real materials? Talk about concrete actions they will take and any support you may be able to provide.
What changes have occurred?
What changes have occurred?
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Have 'your' local government officials become super heroes for water and sanitation services? What action have they taken? What have you learned about using human rights in practice? You can use the endline questionnaire to structure the conversation.
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Download the Making Rights Real materials

You have questions?

Contact Hannah, MRR Lead for support on how to use Making Rights Real

Support materials

(persona document + questionnaires)

The support materials are currently only available in English

Further information on Making Rights Real

The following is a collection of articles and blogposts on Making Rights Real for those who are interested to learn more.

Gosling, L., Abraham, T., Fuller, R. & Latorre, C.

An article on the growing experience with use of specially developed guidance, including Making Rights Real, to overcome local misunderstandings over what the human rights to water and sanitation entail.

SDG progress by making water rights real in service delivery

Pati, B. & Neumeyer, H.

This article describes the experiences and results from using Making Rights Real in three districts in Odisha, India.

wedc.lboro.ac.uk/resources/conference/41/Pati-2928.pdf

Neumeyer, H. & Roaf, V.
This paper explains the motivation behind creating Making Righths Real and the process of developing the Making Righs Real approach.

wash-united.org/files/wash-united/resources/Making_Rights_Real_WASH_United_Paper_Web.pdf

Keatman, T. et.al.
The Making Rights Real consortium undertook research to better understand the perceptions of local government officials and others on how to practically use the human rights framework. The paper provides an overview of the findings.

https://rwsnforum7.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/full_paper_0191_submitter_0267_keatman_tracey.pdf

And finally: Let us know, so we can learn too

We, the Making Rights Real consortium, have created these materials because we really want people to be able to work with the human rights to water and sanitation in practice.

We have done our best, but we know Making Rights Real is not perfect. So we need to – only your experiences can show us how Making Rights Real works and what we need to improve.

STOCKHOLM WWW SESSION

"Mobilising national and
local government for the human rights to WASH"

Sunday, 25 August | 16.00-17.30pm | Room M6 

You will hear experiences with MRR implementation from Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

We look forward to seeing you there!