IRC / Rural Water Supply Network / SNV / Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation / The World Bank Group / United Nations Children’s Fund / WaterAid

SDG6: Searching for universal sustainability metrics for rural water services

Wednesday 30 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: NL Pillar Hall

SDG6, which includes universal water access by 2030, is a formidable challenge for countries struggling to maintain existing services. 30-40% of rural water systems in developing countries under-perform or are broken, sometimes soon after construction. Better monitoring is needed to target post-construction support. Urban water has standardised performance metrics for utilities but rural enjoys no such consolidation. There is rapid innovation around the world, but diverse metrics are used. The JMP provides better monitoring of service levels, but not yet of their sustainability. 

The session presents evolving concepts on metrics of performance and sustainability of rural water services and discusses the feasibility to use and agree on core indicators across different country settings. The session uses ignite-style presentations showcasing experiences of using sustainability metrics from  Brazil, Nepal, Rwanda, as well as multi-country learning on sustainability-checks and proposed convergence of sustainability metrics from a multi-country review. With interactive polling, panelists will engage the audience and debate the desirability and feasibility of universal core-indicators, and what it will take for governments to include them in national or local monitoring to incentivise better service delivery and water safety.


16:00  Welcome
Chair: Kelly-Ann Naylor, Executive Chair of the RWSN

16:05 Block 1: Why Sustainability metrics? How would a core set of indicators look like?

  • A Conceptual framework for monitoring sustainability of rural water
    Susanna Smets, The World Bank Group   
  • Proposed sustainability metrics from a multi-country review
    Stef Smits, Senior Programme Officer, IRC
  • Evolvement of sustainability checks – Results from country learning
    Angela Saleh, UNICEF

16:45 Block 2: How could countries successfully adopt sustainability metrics?

  • Lessons of local adoption of sustainability metrics in Rwanda, Ms. Ellen Greggio,  Advisor Monitoring and Mapping, WaterAid
  • Using SIASAR to improve regulation of and support to rural service providers
    Mr. Alceu Galvão, Water Supply and Sanitation Coordinator at State Secretary of Cities in Ceará, Brazil
  • Less is more: how participatory monitoring can enhance sustainability, Mr. Chandra Bahadur, Director Regional Monitoring and Supervision Office, Mid-West region, Nepal

17:25 Closing Reflections
Maria Angelica Sotomayor, Manager Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership, The World Bank Group

17:30 Close of session