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SWA’s vision is that countries lead the development of WASH services and are accountable to their citizens. The national level is the most strategic level to improve sector performance at scale. The sub-national level is the most critical in terms of actual service delivery. An effective sector has the following six country processes in place:
Evidence suggests that countries that have effective country-led WASH processes attract financial inflows, leading to a ‘virtuous circle’ of increased capacity, increased sector finance and accelerated WASH coverage.
The experience of countries that have high performing sectors shows that it takes long term engagement, often the best part of a decade, for countries to build an efficient and resilient sector capable of setting its own priorities, generating and directing the resources it needs and with the capacity to innovate and to adapt when needed. The most effective external partners are in for the long haul and provide long-term support to help countries build country systems and enable countries to take leadership.
The Country Processes Task Team (CPTT) of the Steering Committee was established to coordinate and stimulate SWA partners’ efforts to support country processes. The CPTT’s first initiative has been to develop an instrument called the National Planning for Results Initiative (NPRI).
NPRI aims to catalyze acceleration of WASH coverage in countries that lack strong and well performing sectors. Read the following papers to find out more.
In preparation of the 2010 Global High Level Meeting, the Government of Ghana developed The Ghana Compact. This Compact - prepared by national stakeholders - summarises a number of the key issues, required actions to be taken by, and commitments of the Government of Ghana and its Development Partners in furtherance of the objectives of Sanitation and Water for All. Learning from Ghana's experiences, Liberia has now also developed its own Compact.
The second review of the Liberia WASH Compact was commissioned by the National Water Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee (NWSHPC) under the Ministry of Public Works, Liberia and was carried out by WaterAid and the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI in October 2012.
The Liberia WASH Compact was developed as a result of the Joint Mission held in Monrovia in April 2011, supported by the Government of Liberia and the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership. It outlined a series of commitments to ensure equitable and sustainable delivery of water and sanitation services for all Liberians.
The Review finds that the Compact has increased coordination and provided a focus for the work of sector stakeholders. However, progress in some other areas remains disappointing, and a number of recommendations are suggested for moving forward.