By Winifred H Kargbo
WASH partners from various countries in the West Africa sub-region last week completed a Regional Human Right Based Approach (HRBA) and Advocacy Workshop at Erata Hotel, in Accra, Ghana.
According to WASH–Net Programme Manager, Saffa Andrew Koroma, the meeting discussed the importance of the training as a platform to build skills on advocacy, using HRBA, and to showcase what countries have achieved in the past years using different approaches.
He said the overall aim and purpose of the HRBA initiative is to support Water Aid staff and partners in identifying and applying principles in the process, and to build understanding and confidence in programme teams to move from the largely needs-based approach being currently applied in programming to a right-based approach.
He said the Human Right Based Approach bestows on individuals certain rights attained by virtue of birth. “They are independent of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or any other status,” he said.