Country Stories

The SWA Country Stories capture good practices from partners around the world. They include country experiences in using the SWA partnership to advance the case for water, sanitation and hygiene.

Kenya: Sector Strengthening in Contexts of Decentralization

In 2014, the Ministry of Health and the Water & Sanitation Program of the World Bank collaborated to produce 47 County Sanitation Profiles. The profiles curated county-level sanitation information into an accessible format. The set of 47 county fact sheets gave coverage rates, information on impacts and costs of poor sanitation for the counties as well as the baseline scores for the enabling environment. Read more…

Mauritania: Sector Strengthening through Collaborative Approaches

Mauritania’s WASH sector is beset by significant gaps in service between rural and urban populations (and between the rich and poor quintiles). Access rates to drinking water and sanitation are much lower in rural areas (and among poor populations). A major social consequence of these low access rates is that diarrhea diseases continue to be the second-highest cause of infant mortality in the country. Read more…  

Uganda: Data, analysis and joint reflection of a range of stakeholders

Over the past ten years, Uganda has evolved a process of data collection, analysis, and joint reflection by a variety of stakeholders allowing for a comprehensive overview of rural water supply developments and challenges. Measurement of the sector’s performance is fully linked to the Government’s planning and budgeting process. Read more…  

Liberia: Lessons from the Liberia Compact

Liberia became an SWA Partner at the inaugural SWA HLM in 2010 and requested the engagement of SWA Partners to help accelerate access to WASH, leading to the Liberia-SWA Joint Mission in May 2011. The backing of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf gave the SWA Joint Mission the high-level political platform it needed to galvanize action and engage the four ministries involved in the sector, alongside SWA partners, the SWA Secretariat and many of Liberia’s development partners as well as those in Ghana. Read more…


From the Blog

SWA task force: a conversation starter around systems strengthening in Malawi

2018 was a year when Malawi made modest efforts to go beyond just discussing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to finally implementing them. We, at Water and Environmental Sanitation Network (WESNET) believe the evidence for that stems from how the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership is pushing for a… Read more

SWA Mutual Accountability Mechanism: A development driver and opportunity for the water and sanitation sector in Mali

Taking part in the High-Level Meeting (HLM) in Washington for the first time in 2014, Mali’s Government, civil society organizations (CSOs) and development partners became aware of the challenge set by the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) global partnership. Mali is a developing country in the Sahel, with huge… Read more

Nigerian CSOs: Accountability is the first step towards ‘Leaving No One Behind’

With the support of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), the Nigeria-based Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) has been taking steps to strengthen governance in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector to accelerate progress towards SDG 6. NEWSAN, an umbrella network of WASH NGOs in Nigeria, is aiming to… Read more

SWA triggers multi-stakeholder dialogue in Zambia

2019 Sector Ministers’ Meeting Blog Series In May 2018, Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) organized a meeting with sector partners in Zambia, to present the SWA Framework and to look at concrete ways to strengthen collaborative dialogues at country level. The main purpose of the sector partners’ meeting was… Read more


From the News

The Vietnam story: Alignment into SWA Framework
  The recently concluded Sector Ministers Meeting (SMM) held in Costa Rica was attended by about 260 participants from around 70 countries. As part of the Mutual Accountability Mechanism (MAM), 47 governments tabled a total of 159 commitments. Government delegation from… Read more
Messages from the Research & Learning constituency for the 2019 Sector Ministers’ Meeting

Research and Learning is a key building block for good quality and sustainable WASH services” Why? Because it is the basis for evidence based decision making; Because it provides the insights necessary to be more efficient and effective; Because it creates the ability to adapt in the face of… Read more

Indonesia uses SWA Building Blocks to plan universal sanitation by 2019

In 2017, Indonesia joined SWA and is now on a steady path of providing universal sanitation access in the country. The strategy for achieving universal access is to expand the sanitation service coverage based on the need. For instance, basic sanitation access for 15% of the households that are… Read more

East Asia and Pacific take strides in adopting SWA framework and working towards SDGs

East Asia and Pacific take strides in adopting SWA framework and working towards SDGs While the developing countries continue to grapple with access to safe sanitation and safe drinking water, the East Asia and Pacific Regional office (EAPRO) of UNICEF organised an important week long workshop on mobilising political will… Read more