The enabling environment (EE) for sanitation is the policy, capacity and institutional and financial framework necessary for sustaining and replicating large-scale sanitation programmes. A positive EE builds the attitudes, capacity and practices for effective and efficient functioning of organizations and individuals. UNICEF’s WASH strategy emphasizes improving the enabling environment for sanitation. UNICEF country offices have identified the following six institutional issues as most challenging and six tools have been developed which help monitor the EE for WASH and one of them is: the Country Status Overviews (CSOs). Because there is growing attention to monitoring the EE for WASH, this Web Page provides an overview of the main tools for this purpose that enables large-scale sanitation programmes to be developed and sustained. Specifically, CSOs are a national level tool to provide oversight of the achievements of the WASH sector, benchmark service delivery pathways and identify issues that might be inhibiting progress. Applied to each subsector of WASH in a country, CSOs score progress in three areas: enabling service delivery, developing services and sustaining services. A strength of CSOs is that, in using external agents for verification and by incorporating a multi-stakeholder analysis, they can deliver an accurate and comprehensive sector analysis. (Link)
UNICEF. 2017. Tool 1 Country Status Overviews (CSOs) – Level: Country and Regional. Web Page [Accessed in January, 2017].