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Sanitation for All: Progress on Commitments

Overview

Following the successful 2010 Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting (HLM), at which participants tabled specific commitments and agreed to report regularly to the SWA Secretariat on progress, the question on everyone’s mind is ‘ What has happened to since the High Level Meeting (HLM) ?This note summarizes participants’ responses to that question.

 

The participants who reported on the status of their commitments were responsible for 203 of the 239 commitments made at the HLM. The developing country respondents told the Secretariat that by September 2011, two-third of all the commitments they had made were fulfilled or progressing well; donors reported this was the case for 90% of their commitments.

 

Participants reported that the HLM dialogue was influential in terms of progress in meeting their commitments, although more so for developing countries than for donors. Developing countries noted that, for almost half of commitments, progress was achieved either as a direct result of the HML dialogue or was strongly influenced by it. However, the reported influence of the HLM on donor progress was lower; only one in ten commitments was achieved, or progress strongly influenced, as a result of the HLM dialogue.

 

The HLM was reported to have influenced sector progress and catalyzed action at country level. In particular, participants noted that the HML:

 

  • Strengthened relations between WASH sector Ministries and Finance Ministries,
  • Triggered stronger sector coordination in many countries,
  • Decision-makers to use evidence for better decision-making and
  • Raised awareness about sanitation within sector and Finance Ministries.

 

The following provides a broad overview of progress of commitments in key areas. The full Progress Report is available at www.sanitationandwaterforall.org

 

Progress on the key topics

Budget Allocations

  • Nine countries reported good progress on commitments to increase domestic spending. (Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Lesotho, Liberia, Nepal, Senegal, Timar-Leste, Zimbabwe). Eight countries reported delayed or no progress. (Angola, Bangladesh, Ghana, Ethiopia, Chad, Senegal, Mauritania, Sudan).
  • Seven donors reported that they met or exceeded WASH sector target commitments. (African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom).

Targeting of Funds

  • Three countries reported making good progress in better targeting unserved people. (Mauritania, Senegal, Timor Leste). Four countries reported slow progress in improving targeting. (Angola, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mongolia).
  • Seven donors reported good progress in targeting the unserved. (African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, Gates Foundation, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom).

Evidence-based Decision making

  • Seven countries reported good progress in commitments to set up monitoring and information systems. (Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Liberia, Mauritania).
  • Eight countries are implementing commitments to participate in future UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment on Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS) survey. (African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom).

 

Coordination

  • Nine countries reported making good progress to improve sector coordination. (Angola, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Liberia, Mauritania, Senegal, Sudan, Zimbabwe)
  • Five countries reported that Ministry of Finance representatives have been actively participating in the WASH sector meetings since the High Level Meeting. (Ghana, Liberia, Sudan, Timor Leste, Zimbabwe)
  • Six donors reported that they have aligned operations with national planning processes. (African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands).

 

National Plans and Processes

  • Ten countries reported good progress in developing or strengthening actionable national plans. (Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Mauritania, Senegal, Timor Leste, Zimbabwe). Three countries have experienced delays in this area.
  • Eight countries reported that capacity development in the WASH sector is moving forward well. (Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mauritania, Senegal, Timor Leste, Mongolia)
  • Six donors responded that they are progressing well on commitments to provide technical assistance to strengthen national plans and planning frameworks. (African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands).

Sanitation

  • Eight countries indicated that the sanitation-specific commitments that are progressing well were significantly influenced by High Level Meeting dialogue. (Angola, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Mauritania, Nepal, Senegal)
  • Five countries reported good progress in improving sanitation policies, decentralization sanitation services and sanitation awareness. (Bangladesh, Liberia, Mauritania, Senegal, Timor Leste)
  • Four donors reported that they have completed or are progressing well on commitments of specified allocation for sanitation. (African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Germany, Switzerland)
  • This progress report was prepared by the SWA secretariat based on the responses from 15 of 19 developing countries and 9 of 13 donor institutions that participated in the 2010 High Level meeting

 

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