Monitoring the Progressive Realization of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Frontier Analysis as a Basis to Enhance Human Rights Accountability

Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy (2017)

25 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2016 Last revised: 11 May 2017

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Benjamin Mason Meier

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ryan Cronk

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill

Jeanne Luh

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill

Jamie Bartram

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill

Catarina de Albuquerque

Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR)

Date Written: October 11, 2016

Abstract

The human rights to water and sanitation have developed dramatically under international human rights law over the past forty years, with international political declarations leading to specific state obligations. Yet despite this evolution of human rights under international law, there are few mechanisms to monitor the progressive realization of those rights in national practice. The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) Performance Index employs frontier analysis to monitor human rights to water and sanitation, across countries and over time. Tracking rates of change in water and sanitation coverage, the WaSH Performance Index allows for measurements of the progressive realization of human rights, publishing quantitative indicators reflective of the human rights to water and sanitation. Such external monitoring of outcome measures, correlating national implementation efforts with water and sanitation coverage data, provides a basis for future research and advocacy to facilitate rights-based accountability for water and sanitation policy.

Suggested Citation

Meier, Benjamin Mason and Cronk, Ryan and Luh, Jeanne and Bartram, Jamie and de Albuquerque, Catarina, Monitoring the Progressive Realization of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Frontier Analysis as a Basis to Enhance Human Rights Accountability (October 11, 2016). Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2851032

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Ryan Cronk

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill ( email )

102 Ridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC NC 27514
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Jeanne Luh

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill ( email )

102 Ridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC NC 27514
United States

Jamie Bartram

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill ( email )

102 Ridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC NC 27514
United States

Catarina De Albuquerque

Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR)

Palais Wilson
52 rue des Pâquis
Geneva, 1201
Switzerland

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