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World Water Week: SWA Review Highlights Progress in WASH Commitments, but Financing Lags

STOCKHOLM, Sweden

A mid-term review by Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partners found that significant progress has been made on 56 percent of the 383 commitments proposed during the last SWA High-Level Meeting in 2014.

The Mid-Term Review of Progress (which can be downloaded here) was presented on August 25th during World Water Week in Stockholm.

The 40 developing country governments (out of 43) that reported back on their commitments last March showed the most progress in the areas of increasing visibility for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, developing and implementing national monitoring systems, and developing human and institutional capacity.

However, 40 percent of countries’ commitments were proceeding slowly, with those related to financing presenting a particular challenge, the review found.

Meanwhile, the 12 donors who reported back cited progress on 81 percent of their financing commitments.

Most of the commitments by countries and donors are intended to be achieved by April 2016.

“At the end of the 2014 High Level Meeting, I urged countries and donors to go home and act on their bold commitments,” John Agyekum Kufuor, SWA Chair and former President of Ghana, said in the review.

“I’m encouraged to see that they have done so, and are willing to stand up and be held accountable for this progress. Nonetheless, there is still work to do: our funding does not yet match our ambitions.”

The SWA is a global partnership of over 90 developing country governments, donors, civil society organizations and other development partners working toward universal access to safe water and adequate sanitation. The SWA High-Level Meeting is held once every two years.

The most recent meeting was held April 11, 2015 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC.

The 2015 World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), runs from August 23-28th.

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