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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
Sudan Government Ministry of Water Resources,Irrigation &Electricity The Government launches the National SDG-6 Plan and commences its implementation to achieve and sustain population universal and equitable access to basic WASH services by 2030. 2020
Sudan Civil Society Environmental Initiative for Sustainable Development (EnvI) To strengthen the role of CSOs via technical and financial support. 2019
Sudan Civil Society Environmental Initiative for Sustainable Development (EnvI) The Government to seek and recognize the role of the Private Sector which plays already, or could be played. 2019
Sudan Civil Society Environmental Initiative for Sustainable Development (EnvI) The CSOs including INGOs, NNGOs, to ensure their commitments in promoting and providing, services, raising awareness, Monitoring and Evaluation, Advocacy Campaigning, and Reporting. 2019
Sudan Government Ministry of Water Resources,Irrigation &Electricity MWRIE, as the principal sector accountable institution, in collaboration with sector stakeholders, to establish National WASH Sector overall coordination forum to guide and harmonize sector planning, implementation, monitoring and resource mobilization both development and humanitarian contexts 2020
Sudan External Support Agencies UNICEF Support the development and implementation of state level ODF road maps. 2021
Sudan External Support Agencies UNICEF Support the development and implementation of comprehensive National and states SDG6 plans (for all 18 states) for achieving universal and equitable access to basic WASH services by 2030. 2021
Sudan External Support Agencies UNICEF Support/co-lead the establishment of the National WASH Sector overall coordination forum covering both humanitarian and development contexts. 2021
Sudan External Support Agencies UNICEF Comprehensive capacity building and training programmes for sanitation sector practitioners across the country. 2021
Sudan External Support Agencies UNICEF Contribute to the ODF road map by achieving 500 certified ODF communities annually. 2021
Sudan External Support Agencies UNICEF Support development of sanitation promotion strategies/guidelines/manuals, surveys/assessments; and sanitation marketing and finance initiatives. 2021
Sudan External Support Agencies UNICEF Support rolling out WASH IMS in 13 Sudan states and strengthen accountability through real time monitoring initiatives (Rapid Pro) 2021
South Sudan Government Coordinate inter-ministerial approach to mobilize and secure comprehensive and full support and strong government leadership for achieving SDG 6.2 on sanitation coverage 0
South Sudan Government Development of the sanitation and hygiene “road map” 0
South Sudan Government Strengthening of the WASH information management system 0
South Sudan Government Collaborative approach put into practice with all State and non-State actors, including involved communities in planning and implementing sanitation related interventions 0
South Sudan Government Strengthen M&E in WASH sector 0
Sri Lanka Civil Society Centre for Environmental Justice / FANSA Sri Lanka Reorganise the FANSA Sri Lanka and bring at least 20 organisations to the platform by 2020 to push SDG commitments. 2020
Sri Lanka Civil Society Centre for Environmental Justice / FANSA Sri Lanka Advocate Government of Sri Lanka to meet the sanitation targets SDG 6 targets 6.1 and 6.2 by 2025 and continue "Leave no one behind campaign" to meet 50% of this target by 2022. 2022
Sri Lanka Civil Society Centre for Environmental Justice/FANSA Sri Lanka Advocate and assist the Ministry responsible for water supply and sanitation to reconvene the WATSAN committee by December 2019. 2019
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