Country Processes

The Country Processes Work Group (CPWG) aims to coordinate SWA partners’ efforts towards strengthening national planning processes and service delivery pathways. It was established by the Steering Committee in 2010. Since then it has contributed significantly to the evolution of the SWA partnership, initially through the National Planning for Results Initiative (NPRI), and more recently as the driving force behind the SWA Collaborative Behaviours, which now provide the keystone of SWA’s strategy.

The purpose of the CPWG is to ensure the adoption of the Collaborative Behaviours by all SWA partners, to enable more effective country processes and lead to strengthened national sector capacities for developing and sustaining universal access to safe water and sanitation for everyone, everywhere, forever.

More on the CPWG’s objectivesdirectdown

The two main goals of the CPWG are:

  • To promote the adoption of the SWA Collaborative Behaviours in and by the sanitation, water and hygiene sector that leads to: improved national and local leadership of the sector; increased donor flows through country systems; increased domestic WASH investment; more effective use of available resources; and sustainable management of infrastructure and services.
  • To support the SWA partnership in facilitating, implementing, monitoring, and reporting the Collaborative Behaviours by coordinating the experience and the expertise of SWA partners to strengthen national planning processes, service delivery pathways and the ‘absorptive capacity’ of countries, towards achieving and sustaining equitable access to WASH services.


Other activities include:

  • Provide input and expertise to the evolution of SWA’s High-level Political Dialogue (and associated meetings such as the High-level Meetings – HLMs), working in close collaboration with the High-level Political Dialogue Working Group.
  • Support the implementation of the SWA Collaborative Behaviours at country level. This may include:
  1. Working with the SWA Secretariat to build awareness and understanding of the Behaviours across the broader SWA partnership.
  2. Pro-actively disseminating – and when necessary developing – overall guidance on how to implement the Collaborative Behaviours, and acting as an entry point for countries looking to draw upon guidance and learning around the SWA Behaviours and system building agenda.
  3. Facilitating and enabling provision, by SWA partners, of technical support to strengthen national and local WASH sector capacities 1
  4. Facilitating monitoring and reporting of performance against the SWA Collaborative Behaviours
  • Facilitate learning and exchange around the system building agenda by:
  1. Identifying and utilizing opportunities to share key learnings (such as the Stockholm and University of North Carolina (UNC) conferences, SANs … etc.).
  2. Strengthening the evidence base and adding new knowledge through research in key areas related to the system building agenda.
  3. Collation and sharing of useful sector strengthening resources.
  • Act as champions of the systems building agenda both within members’ own governments/agencies and across the SWA partnership as a whole, mobilizing others to do the same.
Members of the CPWGdirectdown

Chairs: Amanda Robertson, USAID & Kepha Ombacho, Kenya

Abiy Girma, Ethiopia

Alejandro Jiminez, SIWI

Amanda Robertson, USAID

Benjamin Murkomen, Kenya

Chaibou Tankari, Niger

Dominick de Waal, World bank

Eddy Perez, Emory University

Erma Uytewaal, IRC

Evariste Kouassi Komlan, UNICEF

George Chaima, New Restoration Plan (Malawi)

George Yarngo, Liberia

Guy Hutton, UNICEF

Fiona Gore, WHO

Henry Northover, WaterAid

Irfan Tariq, Pakistan

Jochen Rudolph, AfDB

Peter Mahal, South Sudan

Paul Deverill, DFID

Tite Niyonzima, Burundi

How to join and more informationdirectdown

If your are an SWA partner and are interested in joining the CPWG, please contact the SWA Secretariat.



    • Information package: Aid Effectiveness
      The IRC and the CPWG produced an information package to help WASH professionals understand what aid effectiveness entails. The information package aims to support the sector to apply aid effectiveness and SWA principles in their daily work, integrating these in to WASH policies and practices.
    • Progressing Aid Effectivenss in the WASH sector – WaterAid study
      This study explores how monitoring of aid effectiveness commitments and related accountability processes at the global and national level can help to strengthen incentives to build sustainable WASH systems.
    • The SWA Collaborative Behaviours
      Based on eight country case studies, regional and global monitoring reports as well as learning from other sectors, SWA partners have identified Four Collaborative Behaviours that, if adopted by countries and their partners, can improve the way that they work together to improve the long-term sector performance needed to deliver sanitation, hygiene and water for all, everywhere and forever.
    • The SWA Country Processes Work Group (CPWG) - Terms of Reference