In 2014, the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) global partnership identified four Collaborative Behaviours (CBs) – ways of working that, if jointly adopted by governments and development partners, would improve long-term performance and sustainability in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. Since 2015, these Behaviours have been at the heart of SWA’s strategy.
SWA partners recognised that it would be important to track performance against the CBs over time, to ensure partners held each other accountable for their progressive implementation. By doing so, SWA hoped to join other initiatives such as UHC2030 (formerly IHP+), which uses sector-level monitoring of development cooperation behaviours to stimulate dialogue and drive progress towards universal health coverage (UHC).
SWA partners developed a monitoring strategy through a consultative process, with experts from across constituencies coming together to identify a set of indicators to assess both government and development partner progress on the CBs. Based on these indicators, a first round of monitoring took place in 2016/17, leading to the creation of Collaborative Behaviours country profiles for 37 countries. Efforts are ongoing to explore how to best use these profiles as an input to sector dialogue at country and global levels.