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Mutual Accountability Mechanism

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require that governments engage with all actors through participatory multi-stakeholder processes, and that they demonstrate accountability in the decisions that they are taking in ensuring universal access to water and sanitation services, leaving no-one behind.

SWA’s Mutual Accountability Mechanism is designed to respond to these obligations of participation and accountability. It reflects the vision, principles, obligations, requirements and challenges set by the SDGs, as well as incorporating the SWA Framework of Guiding Principles, Collaborative Behaviours and Building Blocks.

Commitments

Government
External Support Agencies
Civil Society
Research and Learning
Private Sector

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Government Constituency Body / Organizations Commitment Target year
Global Civil Society Freshwater Action Network South Asia During 2019 and there after will actively engage the CSO members of FANSA in the process of developing SWA new strategy and in implementation of the same in the next few years 2022
Global Private Sector AquaFed We commit to ensuring country partners are fully briefed about PPPs as a potential tool so they can make an informed choice on whether they are appropriate for their needs. AquaFed will report back on this commitment at the SWA Steering Committee in December and provide regular updates to the Private Sector Constituency. 2019
Global External Support Agencies World Health Organization WHO will provide normative guidance to promote more effective WASH and health programming, policies, standards and regulations, and technical interventions. 2025
Global External Support Agencies United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Leadership Consistent with the U.S. government's commitment to strengthen governance, financing, and institutions in the water sector at all levels, with the goal of transitioning countries away from a reliance on donor assistance, USAID will engage with regional institutions, such as the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), to: increase coordination of actors within the water and sanitation sector; support efforts to track financial data on public allocations and expenditures for water and sanitation; and support the development and implementation of governance systems grounded in evidence, and which provide a sound framework for providing safe drinking water and sanitation services and water resources management at all levels 2022
Global Research and Learning IRC We commit to continuing to lobby and advocate for priority areas for national systems strengthening: national government leadership and accountability; sector finance, monitoring; research and learning 2021
Global Private Sector Global Handwashing Partnership The Global Handwashing Partnership commits to promote and facilitate global learning, advocacy, and collaboration to increase handwashing with soap access and behavior. 2020
Global Private Sector Global Handwashing Partnership The Global Handwashing Partnership commits to serving as a resource for handwashing behavior change, knowledge sharing, and advocacy to at least 2 interested SWA countries and/or members by the next high level meeting. 2020
Global Civil Society Freshwater Action Network South Asia By 2020 Support FANSA National Chapters and associates in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka to actively engage with respective National Governments and build strong mutistakeholder platforms on WASH at the National level and there after support in proper functioning of the same. 2022
Global Research and Learning SIWI-Stockholm International Water Institute SIWI will contribute to the assessment of building blocks and collaborative behaviours in the countries where we work, to come up with action plans for improved governance 2021
Global Civil Society Freshwater Action Network South Asia FANSA: During 2019 -22 will work with its National chapters and CSO Members in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka to collect evidence on exclusion and best practices related to equitable and inclusive WASH progress, and on the basis of the same provide consolidated input and facilitate representation of the voices of the marginalized to inform the decisions and commitments at SACOSANs in 2020 and 2022, high level meetings of SWA and other important global platforms on WASH and SDG 6. 2022
Global Research and Learning SIWI-Stockholm International Water Institute SIWI will support governance mechanisms for universal and sustainable water and sanitation services in countries where we work, directly, or with other partners. These might include among others, capacity development, development of new guidance/tools, support for new policies, national or local plans, coordination mechanisms, regulation & accountability. 2021
Global External Support Agencies Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency PLANNING Human Rights to Water and Sanitation principles applied in all Swiss water programmes. 2020
Global Research and Learning WaterAid In countries where we work, WaterAid will support progress in government-led policies, standards and plans that tackle and challenge the inequalities that prevent the poorest and most marginalised people from realising their right to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. 2022
Global Research and Learning Water Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC) We commit to work in partnership with other members of the R&L constituency who share our values and standards and agree to support establishment of collaborative behaviors specific to the R&L constituency. 2020
Global Research and Learning WaterAid In countries where we work, WaterAid will support governments and service providers to strengthen the systems and capabilities required to deliver sustainable WASH services. 2022
Global External Support Agencies World Health Organization WHO will promote action to ensure that every health care facility has reliable WASH services. 2025
Global Research and Learning Water Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC) We commit to reporting findings in a transparent, reproducible, and objective manner. We will reflect and communicate legitimate implications from our research studies relevant to all stakeholders (e.g., according to SWA constituency or actor types). 2020
Global Civil Society Freshwater Action Network South Asia By 2022 Support four country CSO platforms to develop country specific strategy and tools to advocate for equitable and inclusive sanitation progress with focus on women, children, elderly and persons with disability. 2022
Global Research and Learning Water Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC) We commit to support and ensure accountability in recruitment efforts for additional global and in-country R&L institutions to ensure the makeup of the R&L constituency is adequate and sufficient to support SWA. We agree to mentor new partners to engage more systematically in the constituency and SWA as a whole. 2020
Global Research and Learning IRC Ensure all our partner districts in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda have a government led district masterplans for universal access (2019) 2021
What is the Mutual Accountability Mechanism?

The Mutual Accountability Mechanism is a process for governments and other stakeholders to make commitments together on specific actions each actor will take to achieve their targets set in the short- to medium-term on the road to reaching the SDGs.

The Mutual Accountability Mechanism recognizes that government leadership is essential to achieving SDG 6 and sanitation and water for all, always and everywhere. Commitments for the Mutual Accountability Mechanism are drawn from the plans, strategies, targets and milestones developed by governments and other actors through multi-stakeholder planning and review processes. The SWA partnership expects all SWA partners to collaborate in the making of commitments, and to report back on their actions to achieve these commitments.

SWA partners can present and report on commitments at SWA‘s global High-level Meetings. SWA will also make use of the opportunities provided by regional water and sanitation meetings such as SACOSAN, LatinoSan and Africa Water Week to convene sessions relevant to the partners active in the region.

How can I engage with the Mutual Accountability Mechanism?

The Mutual Accountability Mechanism invites all SWA partners and others to collaborate in the making of commitments. Depending on whether you are from a government agency, department or ministry, or whether you are from another constituency (civil society, external support agency, private sector or research and learning) you can engage with the process in collaboration with other partners and make commitments. It is not necessary to be an SWA partner to join the process of identifying and making commitments.

How can I make commitments?

Through multi-stakeholder national planning, monitoring and review processes, governments and other stakeholders define their short- medium- and long-term strategies to overcome existing bottlenecks and challenges and to achieve the WASH-related targets of the SDGs.

From these strategies, the government selects two or three priority actions or strategies ('commitments‘). These may address issues that have come up in the planning or review process, or may respond to specific aspects of the SDGs. Particularly relevant will be issues, such as ‘leave no-one behind’ or issues where SWA partners believe that the global or regional perspective offered by discussions with other SWA partners will be particularly helpful to them.

Commitments should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time bound (SMART), such that progress towards their achievement can be monitored, reviewed and reported upon.

How can I submit commitments ?

The SWA Mutual Accountability Mechanism builds on and reinforces existing national multi-stakeholder planning and review processes. Through this mechanism, all SWA partners are invited to develop commitments, based on national priorities, to be shared on the SWA website and to be presented at SWA’s global High-level Meetings.

Below are the relevant online forms which transfer data directly to the SWA database and website.

If you have any problems or questions please write to: commitments@sanitationandwaterforall.org.

 

For governments

Please submit your commitments here - bit.ly/Airtable-Government


For all other constituencies and organizations 
Non-government actors working at country level:
If you are working at the country level, please submit your commitments here - bit.ly/NonGovt-country

 

Global organizations, including bilateral donors and international organizations
If you are working at the global level, please submit your commitments here - bit.ly/GlobalOrganization

Where can I see the commitments made by my government and by other partners?

All commitments are available on the SWA website, both on the dedicated country page, as well as through a webpage where you can search for commitments by country and topic.

All commitments made to-date under the Mutual Accountability Mechanism are available here.

How will I verify that I have achieved my commitments?

The monitoring and review of commitments must be anchored in the national cycle of planning- monitoring and review processes, with indicators identified to follow up on targets and specific commitments, along with their other nationally agreed targets and plans. This multi-stakeholder platform for country-level monitoring could be complemented by global aggregation of sector performance using JMP, GLAAS, the Collaborative Behaviours Country Profiles and any relevant regional monitoring mechanisms that are in place.

SWA’s global Sector Ministers’ Meetings provide an opportunity for SWA partners across the world to present and subsequently report on their own commitments and to learn from others’ priorities and activities. As every country has its own processes and timeframes, the SWA Mutual Accountability Mechanism must allow for SWA partners to present and review their Commitments at the global meeting that is most appropriate to them. There will be a Finance Ministers’ Meeting in April 2020, and a Sector Ministers’ Meeting in the second half of 2021.

Will there be a regular SWA report on the commitments and the Mutual Accountability Mechanism?

Every three years the SWA Secretariat will produce a global report on the progress reflected by the Mutual Accountability Mechanism, and on the extent to which partners have achieved the commitments made in the previous three years. This will provide an opportunity for analysis of successes and continuing challenges. The first global report will be available in 2021.

Documents

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Key documents Type
Mutual Accountability Mechanism: Lisbon Meeting Report
Mutual Accountability Mechanism Brochure
Overview: Mutual Accountability Mechanism Commitments
Guidance Note for submitting commitments for the Mutual Accountability Mechanism

Testimonials

Akpa Oluyemisi

The Mutual Accountability Mechanism is important for the Government of Nigeria because it will give traction to ongoing initiatives for improving service delivery in the WASH sector

Federal Ministry of Water Resources Nigeria