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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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Government Constituency Body / Organizations Commitment Target year
Nigeria External Support Agencies WSSCC WSSCC Commits to support the Nigeria Cross River State to become the first Open Defecation Free State in Nigeria. 2020
Nigeria Private Sector Zenith Water Projects Ltd Establishment and Strengthening of three Categories of organized Private Sector in WASH within different Local Governments, States in Nigeria and appointment of different Focal Points in sates and Local Governments with the view of providing innovations, technologies, private finance in Sanitation and water sector. 2019
Nigeria Civil Society SOCIETY FOR WATER AND SANITATION -(NEWSAN) NEWSAN commits to build advocacy messages, activities and engage with policy makers in order to hold them accountable for their compliance with Nigeria’s WASH sector’s 2014 and 2019 SWA commitments and, Ngor declaration by 2025. 2025
Nigeria External Support Agencies WSSCC WSSCC commits to provide its support up to 2020 as a first milestone in line with the Nigeria framework until 2025. 2020
Nigeria Government FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES Operationalization of the communication strategy for implementing the National Open Defecation Free (ODF) campaign by 2020. 2020
Nigeria Government FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES Review WASHIMS indicators to capture disaggregated data on inequalities in access to WASH services across the country by end of 2019, scale up WASH Information Management System to additional 14 States by 2021 and carry out the WASH-NORM survey on an annual basis 2021
Uganda Civil Society Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network Sensitize and build the capacity of UWASNET Membership comprising of more than 200 CSOs to prioritize addressing WASH inequalities and promote best practice within the sector. 2020
Uganda External Support Agencies UNICEF Strengthen government capacity in specific rural areas to eliminate open defecation 2020
Uganda External Support Agencies UNICEF Strengthen developing national roadmap to eliminate open defecation 2020
Uganda Civil Society Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network Work in partnership with government and other stakeholders to promote the prioritization of addressing WASH inequalities agenda by undertaking a national survey to compile data depicting inequalities in WASH by December 2020. 2020
Uganda Civil Society Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network In order to comply with the mutual accountability principle, compile the Annual NGO Performance Report to enable the Government assess actual WASH accessibility gaps within the country 2020
Pakistan Civil Society Punjab Urban Resource Centre/ FANSA Establish CSOs platforms for organizing civil society representation, capacity development, joint planning, advocacy, learning and knowledge management around SDGs by December 2020 with special focus on leaving no one behind 2020
Pakistan Civil Society Punjab Urban Resource Centre/ FANSA Foster formal collaborations through formal forums with relevant ministries and departments, private sector, academia, external support agencies for actualization of SDGs (with special focus on Clean Green Pakistan) and strengthening of mutual accountability mechanism including commitments by government and other constituencies by December 2020 2020
Pakistan Private Sector AWF Pvt Ltd Support minimum 10 private /corporate sector organizations in cascading Clean Green Pakistan. 2019
Pakistan Private Sector AWF Pvt Ltd Work with the government and Private Sector Organizations in developing the guidelines/ participation processes of private sector organizations in promoting an enabling environment for WASH 2020
Palestine, State of Government Palestinian Water Authority Invest in renewable energy solutions to tackle the chronic power shortages 2022
Palestine, State of Government Palestinian Water Authority Explore innovative financing options for infrastructure development 2022
Palestine, State of Government Palestinian Water Authority Pursue the efforts of the sector reform as per the 2014 Water Law 2022
Palestine, State of Government Palestinian Water Authority Institutionalizing the operation and maintenance of debilitated water and sanitation infrastructure 2022
Palestine, State of Government Palestinian Water Authority Strengthening quality monitoring and regulation of water supplies 2022
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