High Level Commitments Dialogue - Monitoring

The High Level Commitments Dialogue (HLCD)

The High Level Commitments Dialogue (HLCD) encompasses:

– Preparation: The preparatory process that countries and donors/banks carry out in advance of the SWA High Level Meeting to develop specific commitments;
– Meeting: The biennial High Level Meetings where ministers table specific-commitments to be implemented over a two-year period; and
– Monitoring: The annual monitoring of commitments tabled at the HLMs.

The development of this on-going process now presents numerous opportunities for SWA partners to actively participate in the dialogue and press for accountability in the delivery of commitments. The activities are briefly outlined below.

SWA partners in developing countries – The government leads the preparatory process while development partners and civil society support the on-going dialogue as well as preparation for the HLM. Three key complementary approaches are recommended

– Advocacy Campaigns
– Technical Dialogue for SWA Partners at country-level
– Ministerial Engagement and Inter-Ministerial Dialogue

Donors Donors and development banks prepare commitments to be tabled at the biennial HLMs as well as developing countries. The SWA Secretariat will support the donor/bank preparatory process around three key activities:

– Discussion amongst donors/banks to find key common action areas which will result in more effective aid/support to countries.
– Discussion within each donor/bank along with civil society to identify specific actions each can take to improve aid-effectiveness and demonstrate higher prioritization for WASH, both within governments and globally
– Engagement of development cooperation ministers/agency heads on the WASH agenda to increase prioritization for WASH and actions to accelerate progress to universal access.



Monitoring process

Primary commitments, relating to increase coverage of services, can only be measured in a standardized and comparable manner through the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), which uses data from national standardized large-scale household surveys. 

Specific commitments are self-assessed by the countries and donors themselves. The SWA Secretariat works with these partners to track the implementation of specific commitments on an annual basis and analyze the results. It also produces an annual global report on the progress of the implementation of commitments and other advocacy materials tailor-made for country use.

To help analysis, specific commitments are organized into the three SWA priority areas:
1)Political prioritization
2)Evidence-based decision making
3)National planning processes

The guiding principles of the monitoring process are that the process should be led by the government and be inclusive of different ministries, development partners and civil society networks. Countries are encouraged to align their reviewing processes to other.