High Level Political Dialogue

The HLPD is SWA's primary mechanism to engage high-level decision makers to take action. It 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.


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The HLPD encompasses the preparatory process that countries and donors carry out in advance of the SWA High Level Meeting to develop context-specific commitments, the biennial High-level Meetings themselves, and the annual monitoring of commitments made.

During the HLPD, country-level dialogues are strengthened – both among ministers (and parliament) and 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. 

Measuring commitments tabled at the SWA HLM is an essential component of the entire HLPD process and is critical to strengthening accountability in the sanitation and water sector. As such, developing country governments, donors and development banks agree to report annually on the progress made in implementing the commitments tabled at the previous SWA HLM.

Why is the HLPD important?directdown

• Aligns with ongoing dialogue and strengthens that dialogue where appropriate

• Raises the profile of sanitation and water politically

• Encourages multi-stakeholder processes and role a for everyone

• Encourages development partners to align behind clear plans and short term priorities

• Encourages mutual accountability by all stakeholders and by civil society organizations