What would pro-poor access look like?

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Aug 5, 2008

The Access Initiative is trying to answer this question by examining access law and practice in four countries.

For the second round of studies on poverty, four countries–Cameroon, Paraguay, Philippines, and Sri Lanka–carried out case studies on access rights and poverty. The four studies are included for public perusal below.

These four studies will make up the basis for a review of the current Access Initiative methodology. This will be summarized in an upcoming discussion paper due in the next month.

In the interim, please take a look at the various studies already completed. Comments, observations, and any insights are more than welcome.

Please note that these are pilot studies and have not undergone the standard peer review process and so should be treated as drafts and should not be cited without express consent of the authors.

Cameroon Poverty Report.pdf129.15 KB
Paraguay Poverty Report.pdf68.45 KB
TAI - Philippines_Poverty and Access Report.pdf212.2 KB
Sri Lanka Poverty Report.pdf270.11 KB
Pro Poor Access
12:10am - Aug 7, 2008

I do have some experience on Pro Poor strategies development for ensuring drinking water supply for the poor and marginalized sector of community in Nepal.

As most of you might have heard about the mega Melamchi Drinking Water Supply Project in Nepal ongoing under Asian Development Bank (ADB) the lead funding agency with very bad load governance and conditions brought up on the institutional as well as legal reforms in the water sector in Nepal. The success of these reforms towards improving the situation of water supply and sanitation are yet to be seen.

Up on continuous constructive and critic engagement of Civil Society, a clear and assured room for the pro poor voice has been created in the new institution as well as able to put forward the pro-poor policies in place.

So there is Civil Society representative in the board as well as water tariff fixation committee and a functional unit called Low Income Consumer Support Unit (LICSU) is in place under new institution Kathmnadu Upatayaka Khanepani Limited (Kathmandu Valley Water Limited). This unit is meant for listening and prompts responding all the poor people/consumer grievances.

So it is the result of continuous constructive and critic engagement of the Civil Society as an organized network called NGO Forum for Urban Water and Sanitation (NGOFUWS) to which Pro Public is one of the founder member.

I will be happy to share more on this whole process if it is interesting for the TAI network.

Ram Charitra Sah Project Coordinator TAI Nepal / Pro Public

Environmental governance and development
9:21am - Oct 2, 2008

Hi Joe, I hesitated to which topic this news fits the best, sorry if it is a mistake to announce it here. Please visit


where you can read about a project in which 10 TAI partners + WRI are involved and is about the interrelationship of environmental governance and international development decision-making.

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