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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
Bangladesh Civil Society Network of Networks Create and focus on more attention on faecal sludge management. 2021
Bangladesh Civil Society Network of Networks More participation of CSOs in the national level SDG tracking and implementation progress of SDG 2021
Bangladesh Civil Society Network of Networks Water and Sanitation services need to be ensured for the poor, marginalized women, slum people and socially excluded person in collaboration with government by 2021. 2021
Bangladesh Civil Society Network of Networks Create enabling environment for the private sector and local entrepreneurs to provide WASH services and increase collaboration with Government, research organizations, academia and private sector. 2021
Bangladesh Civil Society Network of Networks Increase and timely WASH budget allocation specially in the hard to reach, hilly, coastal, tea garden, arsenic prone area. 2021
Bangladesh Civil Society SWA The CSO and along with Network of Networks will actively pursue with the Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry and General Economic Division to ensure at least 70% of the poorest people including marginalized women, children, PWD, ethnic minority have access to safely managed WASH including proper menstrual hygiene management service by 2025. 2025
Bangladesh Civil Society SWA The CSOs and along with Network of Networks will conduct pre and post budget advocacy with the government to create enabling environment for the private sector and local entrepreneurs to provide WASH services and the Micro Finance Institutions will increase 10% WASH loan by 2021 2021
Bangladesh Civil Society SWA V. The CSO will pursue with the government to increase at least 10% CSO members in the WASH related committees by 2021 and ensure participation of CSOs in the national level SDG tracking and implementation progress of SDGs. 2021
Bangladesh Civil Society SWA The CSO and along with Network of Networks will lobby with the government to increase government yearly WASH budget by 250 million USD in each fiscal year to reduce the budget gap by 50% and more allocation in the hard to reach areas and people including slums Low Income Community (LIC), arsenic prone, tea garden, costal, haor and hilly areas by 2021. 2021
Bangladesh Civil Society SWA The CSO and along with Network of Networks will organize workshops and meetings with the Local Government Division at National Level for issuing circular to increase meaningful participation of the women and excluded groups in the Local Government Institutions(LGIs) meetings by 2022, so that their voices and demands are reflected in the WASH budget of LGIs. 2022
Benin Government Ministere de la Santé Submit requests to the technical and financial partners for studies to provide better data on inequalities in the drinking water supply, hygiene and basic sanitation sector and develop an action plan to address these identified issues, by the end of the second half of 2019. 2019
Benin Government Ministere de la Santé Adoption of the National Strategy for Promotion of Hygiene and Basic Sanitation 2018–2030 in rural, urban and suburban areas and the National Strategy for Rural Water Supply 2017–2030 by the Council of Ministers before the end of the first half of 2019. 2019
Benin Government Ministere de la Santé Establish a water quality monitoring agency by mid-2019. 2021
Bhutan Civil Society Bhutan Toilet Org Upgrade all old school toilets to improved PF toilet using SATO technology (Toward zero pit latrine in School) and push for new school toilets to use equally resilient technology in partnership with Ministry of Education and UNICEF Bhutan 2020
Bhutan Government Ministry of Health 100% basic sanitation coverage in > 50% of the Gewogs (Blocks) of the country. 2020
Bhutan Civil Society Bhutan Toilet Org Forge partnership with Ministry of Health to reach out to the most vulnerable population that we left out and give them access to adequate toilet facility. 2021
Bhutan Government Ministry of Health Establish baseline for SDG 6.2 2019
Bhutan Government MoWSH Develop an inclusive national road map for sanitation and hygiene. 2020
Bhutan Government MoWSH Explore proper cost recovery mechanism to meet out operational expenditure for urban WASH infrastructure. 2021
Bhutan Civil Society Bhutan Toilet Organization Lobby with government to pass the National Sanitation Policy and become an implementing partners of the policy. 2020
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