80. WASH and Accountability: Explaining the Concept – Accountability for Sustainability Partnership

In most countries, institutional arrangements for water service delivery are in place: policies, plans and institutions exist, but still; performance remains poor. In this context, accountability, seeking to instill responsibility and improving the quality of relationships between the different stakeholders in service delivery arrangements, is a key element to make these institutional arrangements function as intended. To address this, UNICEF and the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI have partnered in a new program – “Accountability for Sustainability” – which aims at increasing sustainability of UNICEF-supported WASH interventions through the enhancement of accountability in the service delivery framework at national levels. This program will develop materials and practical guidance for UNICEF country offices and the wider WASH community, and collect experience of how accountability can be adequately reinforced within WASH programming. It is believed that enhancing accountability, and the related transparency and participation aspects in WASH programming, will systematically improve the sustainability of water and sanitation service delivery to those who need it the most. (Link)


Jiménez, A.; Kjellén, M.; Le Deunff, H. 2015. WASH and Accountability: Explaining the Concept  – Accountability for Sustainability Partnership. UNDP Water Governance Facility at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), UNICEF. 30 p.

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