Together, SWA partners work to increase political prioritization to accelerate progress towards universal access to sanitation and water.
Political will, essential to progress, is demonstrated by prioritizing sanitation and drinking water within national development agendas and international development assistance frameworks as well as providing adequate financing and capacity to the WASH sector.
The High-Level Commitments Dialogue (HLCD) encompasses the preparatory process that countries and donors carry out to develop context-specific commitments which are tabled at SWA High Level Meetings, and the annual monitoring of commitments made. The HLCD is designed to encourage on-going political dialogue at the national (including sub-national) and global levels and is focused on achieving results on the ground. Country-level dialogues are strengthened – both among ministers (and parliament), technical stakeholders, CSOs, donors and development banks and citizens – and also provide a platform to strengthen mutual accountability. Partners are encouraged to raise WASH on the political agenda and promote solutions, demonstrate political will, strengthen mutual accountability and increase the impact of resources.
Every two years, SWA convenes national and global decision makers to discuss sanitation and water at the SWA High Level Meeting (HLM). HLMs bring together ministers responsible for finance, water and sanitation from developing countries, ministers of development cooperation from donor countries, and high-level representatives from development banks and leading sanitation and water agencies. At the HLM, ministers commit to address the fundamental bottlenecks holding back progress and to act on international aid and development effectiveness principles. On behalf of the partnership, the SWA Secretariat monitors these commitments and issues a report on progress made, encouraging all partners at country level to get involved in the process, to bolster mutual accountability.
The 2014 SWA High Level Meeting was the third biennial meeting. Convened by UNICEF on behalf of the SWA Partnership and hosted by the World Bank, it was a major milestone in the on-going SWA HLCD.
– SWA Chair H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, SWA Chair and former President of Ghana