Strong water and sanitation systems need strong government
The delivery of safe and sustainable WASH services to everyone, leaving no one behind, requires strong WASH systems, in districts and countries. Strong WASH systems rely on multiple actors drawn from governments, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, and civil society. However, for public services like WASH government plays a special role as the technocratic backbone for the whole system, but also as the principal leader and duty bearer for service
Building strong WASH systems means building the enabling environment in which other actors can play their roles in service delivery. The technical capacity of national and local government is the aspect of government with which WASH practitioners are most familiar. Yet without strong political leadership (and public investment), the technocratic backbone will remain underfunded and ineffective. This second aspect of government, engaging with the political, drawing the interest and support of Presidents and Prime ministers to WASH, is less often directly addressed in WASH,
The three panelists (from IRC, political and technocratic leadership) will talk about what government leadership really means, and how we can engage it to deliver the water and sanitation SDGs.