On Rights-Based Partnerships to Measure Progress in Water and Sanitation

Margaret Satterthwaite

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    The right to water and sanitation has emerged from the penumbra of associated rights in the past few decades and now plays an important role in international debates. This right has emerged “from below”, through the efforts of social movements seeking transformation in the lives of the world’s poor, and it has been recognized “from above”, with major international actors such as the United Nations, international financial institutions, and even large corporate actors affirming its existence. As the obligations and entitlements inherent in this right are increasingly clarified, the role of interdisciplinary collaboration has never been more important. This short Commentary examines one such collaborative effort, led by the United Nations Joint Monitoring Programme, to devise post-2015 goals, targets, and indicators for water, sanitation, and hygiene. The Commentary calls for renewed partnerships to advance human rights-based policy among advocates, development practitioners, and water and sanitation experts from diverse scientific fields.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)877-884
    Number of pages8
    JournalScience and engineering ethics
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Nov 15 2014


    • Human rights
    • Human rights indicators
    • Human rights-based approaches
    • Right to water and sanitation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
    • Health Policy
    • Management of Technology and Innovation


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