External Support Agency partners gather multilateral partners, donor partners and development banks. The External Support Agency constituency was created in September 2015 as a new Governance document of SWA was adopted.
Donor partners are governmental donor agencies or private foundations. They play a vital role in Sanitation and Water for All, because they are instrumental in channelling funds and/or technical assistance to the WASH sector.
Donors who engage with SWA are more likely to harmonize and align their own efforts with governments’ national WASH strategies and budgets. Donors make commitments at High Level Meetings, and are accountable for following up with action. More details about each SWA donor partner can be found on their profiles, with a summary of their commitments and action at different levels.
Development Bank partners (global or regional development banks) are important partners in SWA because of their involvement in developing sanitation and water infrastructure, regional economic integration and governance and accountability.
Approaches include mobilizing and allocating resources for investment, and providing policy advice and technical assistance. Development Banks engage with SWA according to aid effectiveness principles and aim to harmonize and align their efforts at country and regional levels. Through the SWA High-level Meetings, they publicly commit to new targets for sanitation and water coverage and to stronger alignment with aid effectiveness principles.
Development Banks’ strategies aim to promote greater coordination and harmonization, consistent with SWA’s approach. Development Banks also contribute to the knowledge and evidence-base about how to work more effectively and sustainably in the WASH sector.
Multilateral partners of SWA are UN or regional governmental bodies that bring together more than one country to work on issues of water and sanitation.
It is important for multilaterals to be engaged with SWA because they have strong links with UN and other processes, and have power to influence and negotiate with decision-makers within their own and partner institutions. They provide a key link between country and global levels and work to keep sanitation and water high on the political agenda.