The Federation of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users Nepal (FEDWASUN) is a people based umbrella organization of drinking water and sanitation user’s groups in Nepal. It facilitates the provision of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to communities, advocates for water and sanitation rights (drinking water and sanitation for all and forever), brings people’s issues to the attention of policy makers and service providers, and promotes good governance in relation to both user’s committee/ groups and service providers.
FEDWASUN was established in 2004 as a representative organization for drinking water and sanitation user's organizations of Nepal. Common forum among users committees was felt even before 2004 and district level federation was formed in some districts in western and eastern regions. Rural water supply and sanitation policy 2004 opened the way to form a national wide federation for water sanitation users. Objectives of FEDWASUN are to improve harmony between Users Committees/organization, to exchange knowledge and experiences, to develop inter relationship between local level and national level organization for right and benefit of the people, to maintain coordination for sustainability of safe water and sanitation services, to identify gap between policy and implementation and draw attention of government, to maintain cooperation between water and sanitation sector agencies and users organizations, to make users organization aware of all related rules and regulations and support them for capacity building.
FEDWASUN has already able to expand and establish its district chapters in 58 districts. Furthermore, approximately 4100 water and sanitation users’ committees (WSUCs) have already been registered under the FEDWASUN district/national networks and able to reach over 33,75,000 people (5,62,000 households ) and the process of registration and affiliation to FEDWASUN is ongoing with its established branches.
The National Policy on Rural Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation- 2004, Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Strategic Work Plan- 2004 have widely acknowledged the need for a water users federation that could be helpful to sustain, maintain and independently monitoring and public auditing of the entire drinking water sector (both rural and urban) in Nepal.
The motto of the Federation is to assist the state in providing drinking water and sanitation “to all and forever” and also FEDWASUN advocating and lobbying with the policy makers/constituency member to recognize "Water & Sanitation as fundamental rights". Similarly to fulfill the MDG target by 2015 and national goal by 2017, FEDWASUN will have the crucial role to assist the state.
Civilized society will be formed with healthy people by universal access of safe drinking water, good sanitation and hygiene.
Provision of safe drinking water, good sanitation and hygiene will be guaranteed by effective participation of users in policy formation and implementation by common understanding for self reliance and sustainability.
To enhance the self-reliance capacity of Water and Sanitation User’s group to influence policy making, planning and decision making process through meaningful participation and to ensure sustainable Water and Sanitation capacity throughout Nepal.
To empower and unify the users committee to protect, promote and fulfill the rights of water and sanitation for the sustainability and access of all people in WASH services by the means of advocacy.
Strategic Issues (Based on Strategy 2066-70 BS)
Strategic Objectives (Based on Strategy 2066-70 BS)
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