30 Mar, 2016
The World Bank, on behalf of SWA, will convene a Finance Ministers’ Meeting (FMM) on or around 20 April 2017, during the World Bank Spring Meetings. Just prior to this meeting, on April 19 and 20, ministers responsible for the WASH sector who accompany their country’s finance minister to Washington will attend a one-and-half day Sector Ministers’ Meeting (SMM) convened by UNICEF. Participants at the FMM will discuss the magnitude of the SDG challenge, using existing resources more efficiently, and accessing additional resources. Participants at the SMM will discuss how to ensure that the sector is prepared to deliver on the targets and demands of the SDGs including the financing of the sector.
In order for the ministers to arrive fully prepared for the meetings, and for them to be better equipped to take follow-up action, the SWA Secretariat is facilitating a preparatory process which runs from November 2016 to April 2017. The 2017 FMM and SMM are part of the ongoing cycle of SWA activities aimed at catalyzing coordinated action to achieve the water, sanitation and hygiene targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The objectives of the preparatory process for the 2017 High-level Meetings (Finance Ministers’ Meeting and Sector Ministers’ Meeting):
All SWA partners operating at country level are encouraged to actively engage in the country-level preparations.
Guidance note: this explains the entire preparatory process for the 2017 HLMs. It includes the objectives of the FMM and SMM as well as the outcomes of the preparatory process. The guidance note is important for governments and in-country partners.
SDG Costing Tool from UNICEF/FR/SP: A tool which can be used by countries who would like to calculate the investments needed to fulfill the SDG targets as well as the financing gap. Countries which have not yet done their own costing of the SDG targets (6.1 and 6.2) can use this tool to prepare their estimates. The tool is available in English, French and Spanish. Information from this tool (or other SDG costings where they exist) will be necessary to prepare the financial analysis for the Country Overview. The SWA Secretariat, working with UNICEF, also provides direct support to countries that may require additional assistance to work with the tool. In case this assistance is needed, please reach out to the SWA Secretariat using the contact information below.
Discussion Paper on financing SDG 6 from World Bank and UNICEF: The World Bank and UNICEF have contributed a paper focusing on the following: the magnitude of the challenge, particularly on why SDG 6 is important, the financing gap and why it has not been filled; how existing resources can be used more effectively (through analysis of such things as current utilisation of tariffs and taxes, and how service providers can be made more efficient), and the key policy-trade-offs in each sub-sector; and how new resources for the sector can be accessed by looking at the most viable sources of financing and how they can be leveraged. Governments and partners can use this paper to stimulate discussions on the policy options for financing the SDGs.
Sample country overview: The primary output of the preparatory process will be a comprehensive overview document, i.e. Country Overview, which synthesizes the information about the country’s i) SDG vision and baseline; ii) the readiness of the sector to catalyze progress on the SDGs; iii) financial costs and strategies to close the financing gap; and iv) priority actions the government and partners have agreed to remove bottlenecks to progress. The Country Overview can inform inter-ministerial discussions between the sector minister(s) and the minister of finance. It also contributes to the broader multi-stakeholder country dialogues on the water, sanitation and hygiene related targets of the SDGs and can be part of the country activities around national sector review processes such as joint sector reviews.
Generic ministerial briefing: This briefing can be used by government focal points to inform their ministers about the 2017 HLMs. The briefing is in MS Word to allow for countries to easily adapt it to their context.
SWA has identified four collaborative behaviours which, if jointly adopted by governments and development partners, would improve long-term sector performance and sustainability. SWA partners agree to:
Part of the preparatory process will include analysing how governments and development partners are applying the SWA Collaborative Behaviours for effective development cooperation. The SWA Steering Committee has agreed and endorsed a set of indicators for each of the Collaborative Behaviours. SWA Collaborative Behaviours Country Profiles will be produced and shared with countries between January and April 2017. Information from the profiles can be used in the sector review, particularly by highlighting how both government and partners apply the Collaborative Behaviours in the sector.
The UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) is preparing the 2017 baseline report for the SDGs. Preliminary country estimates based on available national data have been shared with UNICEF and WHO Country Offices for data validation. These preliminary estimates could be used to prepare indicative country synthesis on the SDG baseline and magnitude of the challenge to achieve the country’s targets for sanitation, water and hygiene in urban and rural areas. If interested in knowing how to obtain these preliminary estimates, please contact the secretariat who will put you in touch with the right personnel.
The SWA Secretariat is facilitating the preparatory process and provides support to current and potential SWA partners through webinars. The support also includes coordination of demand-driven assistance to countries on the application of the SDG costing tool, analysis on the Building Blocks and SWA Collaborative Behaviours Country Profiles. Countries which need this support should liaise with the Secretariat to arrange bilateral calls. The Secretariat will either directly provide support or mobilize global partners to respond to the greatest extent possible.
As of 24 February 2017, we have organised bilateral calls with 16 countries, attended by representatives of the government and other partners. If you would like to arrange a bilateral call with the secretariat, please contact the secretariat.
At the global level, the Secretariat has organized three webinars with the following objectives:
|1st Webinar English – SWA HLMs preparatory process: Overview of the 2017 HLMs||1ère webinar français – processus préparatoire des Réunions de haut niveau de 2017|
|2nd Webinar English – SWA HLMs preparatory process: SDGs and Financing||REPEAT 2nd Webinar English – SWA HLMs preparatory process: SDGs and Financing|
2ème webinar français – processus préparatoire des Réunions de haut niveau de 2017
|3rd Webinar English – SWA HLMs preparatory process: Highlights on the SWA Collaborative Behaviours Country Profiles and strategies||3rd Webinar English Repeat – SWA HLMs preparatory process: Highlights on the SWA Collaborative Behaviours Country Profiles and strategies|
|3ème webinar français – processus préparatoire des Réunions de haut niveau 2017 de SWA||3rd Webinar Spanish – SWA HLMs preparatory process: Highlights on the SWA Collaborative Behaviours Country Profiles and strategies|
4th Webinar English – SWA HLMs preparatory process: Global update webinar
|4ème webinar français – processus préparatoire des Réunions de haut niveau 2017 de SWA : webinaire mondial|
CSOs have a role to play in the preparatory process for the HLM. They have to be involved in the national dialogue for the preparation of the HLM. CSOs are the one who can push governments to engage in the High Level Political Dialogue and raise awareness among citizens and media to push the governments to be ambitious for the progress towards the SDGs They should be involved in the preparatory process by can with Governments and others stakeholders for a national dialogue on WASH. Civil society organizations have a key role in ensuring that communities’ voices are heard in the preparation and follow up of the national goals towards the SDGs and in pressing for accountability for their delivery.
To know how to get involved as a CSO, please read the two following documents :
For any clarifications on the preparatory process and to arrange bilateral calls on previous webinars, please email Muyatwa.Sitali@sanitationandwaterforall.org.
Francophone countries and those in Asia and the Pacific can also contact Balwant.Godara@sanitationandwaterforall.org.