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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

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Civil Society
Private Sector
Research and Learning

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Government Constituency Body / Organizations Commitment Target year
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
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Government Ministerio de Planificación del Desarrollo Promote and develop effective actions to ensure that there is clean air for citizens to breathe, no polluted rivers or rubbish dumps, and that all cities develop systems to treat liquid and solid waste by 2025. 2025
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Government Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Agua By 2030 improve the management of drinking water and sanitation services among service providers (EPSAs), emphasising the efficient management of available water resources, to guarantee the sustainability of these services. - EPSAs are to prepare drought management plans. - EPSAs are to reduce non-revenue water volumes. 2030
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Government Ministerio de Planificación del Desarrollo All Bolivian women and men are to have access to drinking water and sanitary sewage systems by 2025. 2025
Burkina Faso Government Ministère de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement Strengthen collaboration by end 2019 2019
Burkina Faso Government Ministère de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement At least 50% of the new community lavatory blocks are in line with the standard sanitation and criteria decree by end 2020. 2020
Burundi Government Ministere de l'Hydraulique, de l'Energie et des Mines Update core documents (policies, strategies, legal framework and sector statistical data) and revitalize the monitoring and coordination system by 2025. 2025
Burundi Government Ministere de l'Hydraulique, de l'Energie et des Mines Make the sector one of the country's priorities, increasing its budget from 0.5 per cent to 10 per cent of GDP by 2027, develop an appropriate system to recover the costs of water supply and improve affordable hygiene and sanitation. 2027
Burundi Government Ministere de l'Hydraulique, de l'Energie et des Mines Eradicate open defecation by 2025. Achieve universal access to safe drinking water by 2030 and 90 per cent access to basic sanitation in urban areas and 80.5 per cent in rural. 2030
Cameroon Civil Society DYNAMIQUE CITOYENNE Advocate for the inclusion of the right to water and sanitation in Cameroon's constitution by 2025 2025
Cameroon Civil Society DYNAMIQUE CITOYENNE Civil society organizations (CSOs) commit to advocate for increased resource mobilization and CSO involvement in programming, planning, budgeting and monitoring and evaluation in the water and sanitation sector by 2030. 2030
Cameroon Civil Society Dynamique Citoyenne Ensure that CSOs develop advocacy plans focused on establishing and revitalizing regional water and sanitation committees in the 10 regions of Cameroon by 2022 2022
Central African Republic (the) External Support Agencies UNICEF CENTRAFRIQUE Support the government for the revision of the National WASH policy and Strategy in line with the SDG. 2019
Central African Republic (the) Government Ministere du Developpement de l'Energie et des Ressources Hydrauliques Reduce the proportion of people practising open defecation, and ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation for an additional 500,000 people, particularly the most vulnerable, by the end of 2021. 2021
Central African Republic (the) External Support Agencies UNICEF CENTRAFRIQUE Support the government in efforts to eliminate open defecation and improve access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. 2021
Central African Republic (the) External Support Agencies UNICEF CENTRAFRIQUE Provide technical support to the Government for the operationalization of the Water and Sanitation National Fund by 2020 2020
Central African Republic (the) Government Ministere du developpement de l'Energie et des Ressources Hydrauliques/Direction Generale des Ressources Hydrauliques Launch the National Water and Sanitation Fund, with a specific budget allocated for sanitation and hygiene, by December 2020. 2020
Central African Republic (the) External Support Agencies UNICEF Support the Government to launch the National Water and Sanitation Fund, with a specific budget allocated for sanitation and hygiene, by December 2020. 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.

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