The poorest communities in developing countries tend to be minority communities that have been targets of long-standing discrimination and exclusion from development interventions. Poverty here must be viewed as both a cause and a manifestation of the diminished rights, opportunities, and social advancement available to the members of those communities. If poverty reduction initiatives and efforts to achieve the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals are to benefit minorities, more coherent efforts and targeted strategies are required that address directly the plight of disadvantaged minorities when it comes to water security and climate change.

One of the most common elements of discrimination suffered by marginalised people is the denial of equal access to quality education. This means they are in no position to learn the basics about self-empowerment, climate change, hygiene practices and how to create economic opportunities for themselves. And when disasters strike, these communities are most likely to suffer the most because of their vulnerability from lack of information.

Meaningful progress towards sustainable human development, inclusion and stability can be better achieved through measures that promote and protect human rights and ensure effective participation of minorities. Waterclan is working to ensure representation of minorities in development planning consultations, information outreach on development proposals and support to minority Civil Society Organisations.

Meaningful progress towards sustainable human development, inclusion and stability can be better achieved through measures that promote and protect human rights and ensure effective participation of minorities.