Fair Water Futures (Uhakika wa Maji in Swahili), is our pioneering social accountability programme, activating water law in East and Southern Africa.

Delivered in partnership with Shahidi wa Maji, Fair Water Futures supports communities impacted by pollution, droughts, floods, inadequate supply and sanitation, and water conflict to secure their water rights and delivers targeted research and analysis to advocate for better pro-poor water resource management.

Operating since 2013, we have built up a strong track record in securing tangible water security benefits for vulnerable communities, and improving service delivery and water sector performance. We rigorously document and share our lessons, and convene a global coalition of international NGOs, universities and governments to share knowledge and develop priorities for advancing social accountability for water justice and security.

Our work has been labelled a ‘welcome wake-up call’ by the Ministry of Water in Tanzania, and ‘a vital oversight mechanism’ by the World Bank.

With funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Fair Water Futures is focusing on the desperate water challenges faced by the urban poor in Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, and the need for accountability and leadership in planning the strategic water and sanitation needs of growing African cities.

Find out more about our Fair Water Future case studies by clicking the links below >

Ongoing Case Studies




Completed Case Studies


What Our Stakeholders Say

Water Witness has given us new skills and information about how to activate the law and responsible authorities to address issues of pollution and flooding. This will help us to protect the health of this community.
— Ms. Mariam Mbaruku, Chairperson Kigogo Ward, Tanzania

Given [Fair Water Futures’] beneficial results, at both community and national level, and the regional and global interest in the approach, it is recommended that social accountability work within the water sector be continued and strengthened
— OPM, 2016