Sanitation and Water for All

Strengthening national processes for achieving SDG6: SWA’s country engagement experience

Tuesday 29 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL 353
SWA Ministerial Dialogues at the 2017 High-level Ministerial Meeting

To achieve SDG6, strong national systems and effective development cooperation and will be key. Through high-level meetings, Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), a global multi-stakeholder partnership, has been able to garner greater political attention for WASH. In parallel, an examination of existing practice has enabled partners to identify ways to more effectively work together to strengthen the WASH sector and thus ultimately achieve the SDG WASH targets. In particular, the partnership has recognized the essential importance of strengthening government-led national processes.

Partners have committed to a set of collaborative behaviours and building blocks for sector strengthening, but how can this be translated into action on the ground? How can this work best be led by national governments? How can it be supported by development partners, at the headquarters level but also, crucially, in-country?

These questions are addressed in a number of case studies currently being undertaken jointly by SWA partners. These will be presented and discussed during this session.

Participants will also have the opportunity to hear about, and comment on, the role of SWA in promoting and strengthening accountability between stakeholders. 


14:00 Welcome
Hon. Kevin Rudd, Chair of Sanitation and Water for All 

Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute

14:10 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Catarina de Albuquerque, Executive Chair of Sanitation and Water for All
  • Why is multi-stakeholder process important for planning, reviewing and course correction?
  • Why working collaboratively is indispensable for effective development cooperation?
  • How can a global partnership,foster mutual accountability for sector progress?
  • Hon. Edmer Trujillo, Minister of Housing, Building and Sanitation, Republic of Peru
  • Hon. Jabulile Mashwama, Minister of Natural Resources and Energy, Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Arun Baroka, Joint Secretary, Swachh Bharat “Clean India” Mission, Republic of India
  • Dr Saima Shafique, National WASH Coordinator, Ministry of Climate Change, Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • Amanda Robertson, Water Advisor, Africa Bureau, USAID
  • Samson Shivaji, Director of KEWASNET, African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW)

14:40 Questions and answers with audience

14:55 Plenary discussion in Buzz Groups
  • How can commitment to multi-stakeholder engagement be translated into government-led action at country level?
  • How can SWA promote accountability for strengthening country processes?
  • How can SWA promote transparency and elimination of inequalities?
15:15 Feedback from the Buzz Groups

15:25 Closing remarks
Hon. Kevin Rudd, Chair of Sanitation and Water for All

15:30 Close of session