Lessons from water, sanitation and hygiene budget advocacy experiences in South Asia

Water and sanitation are human rights, and countries have committed to a global goal of providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to everyone, everywhere by 2030. This requires countries to invest in WASH to progressively realise those rights, for everyone equally. Governments in India, Bangladesh and Nepal have implemented programmes and made substantial investments to meet this global goal. And civil society organisations (CSOs) and think tanks have worked together in these countries to hold governments to account and ensure they allocate budgets in an equitable and transparent manner – both at national and sub-national levels This new report includes five case studies from India, Bangladesh and Nepal, highlighting the challenges, successes and lessons of budget advocacy.