NGOs equate government with red tape, while government officials don't always take NGO initiatives seriously. These attitudes need revising, say Julie Jarman and Catherine Johnson, because 'the dynamic, participatory approach of NGOs, and the resources and long-term mandate of government are equally essential to achieving the goal of water and sanitation for all.'
In 1992, Dublin was the setting for the International Conference on Water and the Environment. Attended by the great and the good from governments and major agencies, the Conference issued a statement which neatly encapsulates the principles and policies which guide the W&S sector. But are these principles being implemented effectively — or are they nothing more than Irish mist?