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  • FACTSHEET: Water Governance: The Gender DimensionMar 15, 2005The factsheet highlights community action and social mobilization around the provision of basic social services such as water can be an effective 'entry point' for promoting women's empowerment. Having a leadership role in community management of water supplies can increase women's social capital as well as their bargaining power within the household.

  • Fast Facts: Adaptive Water GovernanceJun 1, 2010UNDP promotes equitable access to water resources and water and sanitation services as a fundamental requisite for human development. In a rapidly changing world, UNDP's Water Governance Programme catalyzes efforts towards the achievements of the MDGs. The document provides a brief overview of UNDP's Water Governance Programme.

  • Sanitation and Cleanliness for a Healthy EnvironmentSanitation and Cleanliness for a Healthy EnvironmentApr 1, 2005

  • Water Governance for Poverty ReductionJun 23, 2004This booklet aims to highlight the key water-related challenges developing countries face, give examples of approaches that have worked based on the experience of UNDP and its partners, and make recommendations concerning policy. It is organized in chapters that correspond to the areas targeted by the Millennium Development Goals.

  • Water Rights and Wrongs: A summary of the Human Development ReportMar 22, 2007

  • Water for Life: Community Water SecurityWater for Life: Community Water SecurityApr 1, 2005

  • Closing The Loop: Ecological Sanitation for Food SecurityDec 30, 2001This publication presents a shift in the way people think about and act upon human excreta. It notes that Human excreta are a resource not a waste. Ecological sanitation is a "closed loop" approach preventing pollution by recycling nutrients and organic matter. Ecological sanitation is applicable for rural areas and for rich and poor alike.

  • Community Water Initiative: BrochureNov 13, 2006Since 2004, the Community Water Initiative (CWI) has supported decentralized, innovative, low-cost, and community-based water resource management and water supply and sanitation projects in rural areas. CWI is part of the Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme.

  • Fast Facts: Human Rights Based Approach and Water GovernanceFast Facts: Human Rights Based Approach and Water GovernanceDec 13, 2010

  • International Conference on the Right to Water and Sanitation: Conference ReportNov 29, 2008The International Conference on the Right to Water and Sanitation in Theory and Practice considered a number of key questions including the implications of the right for legal and economic regimes; the allocation of scarce water resources; international development; and the rights of women, indigenous peoples and minorities. The report summarizes the presentations from the Conference.

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  • Issue Brief: Ocean Hypoxia 'Dead Zones'