108. Joint Sector Reviews for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) – WSP Learning Note

There is a widespread problem with poor reporting and little accountability in the WASH sector. This makes it unattractive for financial ministries and donors. Joint Sector Reviews (JSRs) are a way to address this but so far the majority have not fulfilled their potential. JSR reports need to be published online by their governments and/or key development partners – currently very few are available. There is no common standard or definition of what a Joint Sector Review (JSR) is or does. In practice, they often provide an annual platform for discussion, reviewing progress and setting priorities – sometimes binding commitments – for the coming year. External actors can play a helpful facilitating role, but JSRs only work if the government, and key people in a range of government organisations, want to make it work. Development partners can strengthen JSR processes and help to build capacity. JSRs do not automatically remove barriers, tensions and conflicts between individuals or between organisations. However, JSRs should not be a cosy process – open dialogue and constructive criticism is essential. JSRs can improve incrementally over time, but only where the majority of stakeholders deliver on their commitments. This study has shown no strong relationship between fragility of a state and continuity of JSRs. (Link)


Danert, K.; Furey, S.; Gupta, S.; Mechta, M. 2016. Joint Sector Reviews for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) – WSP Learning Note. World Bank Water Global Practice, The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) – World Bank. 9 p.

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