Preparatory Process


Before the event, SWA partners will be engaged in a dedicated 6-month preparatory process that includes the joint selection and prioritization of of existing commitments, derived from national plans developed under government leadership. Ministers will be encouraged to table specific commitments developed with in-country partners in line with SWA’s Mutual Accountability Mechanism.

Starting in November 2018, the SWA will facilitate the preparatory process which will build on national processes and dialogues to foster strategic engagement around inequalities, leadership and the financing required to eliminate inequalities.

The main purpose of the preparatory process is to ensure ministers arrive with thorough understanding of (i) the progress their countries have made towards the achievement of national WASH targets and (ii) the extent of inequalities in service provision.

SWA partners, led by governments, will work together to:

  • Strengthen analysis and multi-stakeholder dialogue on the status of the sector regarding leave no one behind, the leadership needed to catalyze progress and the financing required to remove inequalities
  • Build political will and engagement among decision-makers (i.e. sector and finance ministers, and other key decision-makers) to agree the necessary priorities and commitments to eliminate inequalities
  • Jointly select and prioritize existing commitments focusing on those that will improve equality in access to WASH services –this can include or focus on various aspects of the SWA Framework and should be embedded in existing national processes.

The process will make use of SWA’s Mutual Accountability Mechanism, and will be informed with evidence, for example, submitted to GLAAS as part of the 2018/2019 survey.  

Outcomes of the preparatory process will include:

  • A country statement which includes the status of progress with emphasis on inequalities, priorities for the country and, where possible, the commitments jointly agreed by the government and partners; and
  • A ministerial briefing which will include a few slides for the minister’s intervention in ministerial dialogues.

SWA will facilitate follow-up activities to support a continued robust engagement of partners at country, regional and global levels.



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