Podcasts and case study interviews on working with human rights in practice at local level

#MRR talk is a series of online talks and complementary interviews to share practitioners’ perspectives on working with the human rights to water and sanitation. Listen to the recordings below and read more information in the in-depth case study interviews.

Episode 3: Your questions answered

For episode 3 of MRRtalk, we wanted to know which questions you need answered to enable you to more effectively motivate officials, to demand more action or to push for change. Thank you for sharing your questions. Listen to the recording of MRRtalk episode 3 to get answers to your questions.

Live on 17 December, 9am GMT

Our speakers:

Mohamad Mova Al’Afghani is Director of the Center for Regulation, Policy and Governance (CRPG), Indonesia. He obtained his PhD in Water Law from the University of Dundee, UK. As regulatory consultant, Mova provides advice to various government institutions, UN agencies, development agencies and development banks. He also works with civil society on environment and natural resources issues, especially relating to water, dangerous chemicals and mining governance.


Hannah Neumeyer. She leads the Make Rights Real consortium and is the Head of Human Rights at WASH United. A lawyer by training, she has worked on the application of economic, social and cultural rights in development cooperation for many years – both on human rights protection and on how human rights can be used to realise services for all.

And you! Join the live talk to share your experiences or questions.

#MRRtalk will be live on zoom. No account or registration needed. You can join using the zoom client or a web browser (click “Join from Your browser” for this option).

Episode 2: Spotlight on strategies

Have you ever thought that human rights might be too confrontational for you to use? Or that civil society needs to confront government more? Or both? There is of course no single right answer to these questions. The right strategy depends on the context, the people and the organisations involved.

In #MRRtalk episode 2 “Spotlight on strategies”, we explored the different strategies civil society organisations use to push government institutions to realise water and sanitation services for all.

Our guests:

Partha Sarathi Kuntal, Programme Coordinator, WASH SDG Programme at DORP in Bangladesh. He will share experiences with constructively engaging local government officials, combined with community based monitoring.
Alana Potter, incoming International Coordinator of End Water Poverty. Based in South Africa, she will share stories of legal activism spanning from community mobilisation to protest and strategic litigation.

NEW // Read these case study interviews for more information

Using monitoring tools in support of working with human rights, with Sabiha Siddique, Simavi

Legal activism as strategy to push government to realise water and sanitation services for all, with Alana Potter, EWP

The #ClaimYourWaterRights campaign, with Sam Taylor, EWP

Episode 1: Get ready for human rights work

Just about everyone knows water and sanitation are human rights. And most people working in civil society organisations think these rights are somehow important to their work. But many wonder how they can work with human rights in practice.

Listen to #MRRtalk episode 1 to hear about practical steps civil society organisations have taken to work with human rights, and how this helped them to achieve impact.

Our guests:


Bikash Kumar Pati, Programme Coordinator at WaterAid India. In this Make Rights Real talk, he explains the story of JEETA, the Joint Endeavour for Emancipation Training and Action for Women. JEETA works with marginalised communities in rural Odisha, India.

Malesi Shivaji is the CEO of KEWASNET, the Kenyan network of WASH sector civil society organisations. As an advocate and civil society leader, he has seen first hand how civil society organisations have changed to get ready for human rights work.

NEW // Read these case study interviews for more information

How to get ready for human rights work, with Malesi Shivaji, KEWASNET

Support (local) government to address systemic challenges to the realisation of water and sanitation services for all, with Anupama Rout, JEETA

The Make Rights Real talk format

Each Make Rights Real talk takes one hour and has two parts: In a podcast-like discussion, speakers from civil society organisations share their insights of working with human rights in the WASH sector. In the following call-in part, listeners can share experiences or ask questions. The first part is recorded and available for download as a podcast.

We currently have these talks planned:

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