Strengthening Monitoring in the WASH Sector: WASHwatch Updates

Posted on 13/12/16 by Amy Keegan (WaterAid UK)

Monitoring progress within the WASH sector is essential to ensure that globally, regionally and nationally we are all on track to achieve the goal of reaching everyone everywhere with water and sanitation by 2030.

Monitoring allows us to hold governments to account, improve transparency and to continue advocating for change. It also allows governments to track their progress and gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within their country to inform better policy. There are often issues monitoring the commitments and progress within countries as datasets can be fragmented and accessing the right information to determine progress is often challenging. The resulting lack of accountability often means that progress towards universal WASH access is stalled. 

WASHwatch aims to respond to these issues by providing an easily accessible information hub for the WASH sector that encourages greater focus on monitoring and accountability. We are a collaborative online platform that hosts information on institutional frameworks, commitments, budgets, access figures and coordination mechanisms in the WASH sector. (All data and information on WASHwatch comes from validated sources and is checked by our team.) 

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This week we relaunched WASHwatch with new features to enable us to better support monitoring and accountability within the sector.

We aim to continue to provide:

1. An information hub to provide a clear picture on WASH at national, regional and global levels to help develop policies and advocacy campaigns that make a difference.

WASHwatch gathers up-to-date and reliable data and information in one public and easily accessible place. With this collated knowledge, you can plan and implement campaigns and policies that make a difference.

2. A platform for transparent and collaborative monitoring

WASHwatch provides a space where all sector stakeholders can share evidence on progress or underperformance towards commitments. With this collated evidence, we can identify progress made and hold governments and donors to account.

3. A platform to share sector analysis and spot sector bottlenecks

WASHwatch provides a space where all stakeholders can share their analysis of the sector and identify bottlenecks. We encourage collaboration and for WASHwatch to be a forum to connect NGOs working in the sector. With this shared in-country knowledge, you can help improve the development of SMART commitments and indicators.

WASHwatch’s new features can help you:

1. Get an in-depth look at any country’s WASH progress including: statistics, government policies, CSO reports, sector coordination mechanisms and ranking on progress towards government commitments.

2. Monitor global progress towards reaching everyone everywhere by 2030: Through our global maps

3. Keep up to date with WASH monitoring issues: Continue to read our blog and subscribe to our newsletter.

4. See how regions are performing: Find regional statistics and progress towards commitments and directly compare progress of countries within the regions.

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Figure 1: Regional comparison of South Asia.

The regional pages allow our users to evaluate progress towards WASH access in a more comprehensive way. The regional comparison of South Asia above shows that the region has made some progress towards SACOSAN 2011, 2013 and the rights to water and sanitation, and made good progress towards MDG 7. Nepal and India have the highest percentage of the population who defecate in the open and are the only two regions with percentages higher than the regional average.  Afghanistan has the lowest percentage of the population with access to improved water, and is 44.7% off the top country in the region, in which 100% of the population has access - Bhutan. The regional percentage of the population with access to improved sanitation, at 60.7%, is 7% lower than the global score. This snapshot of WASH in South Asia shows that there is still a lot of work to be done within the region, but also highlights where progress has been made and which countries are succeeding in providing WASH access to the population. 

To see similar information on a variety of regional groups, the groupings available on WASHwatch are:

WASHwatch is a collaborative platform and as such we encourage contributors. Please share with us any suitable data, analysis or comments via info@washwatch.org 

Amy Keegan is a Policy Officer for Monitoring and Accountability at WaterAid UK. She tweets as @amy_keegan