New WASH accountability mapping tools and facilitators guide launched

New publications build on the series of successful knowledge products specifically aimed to increase the sustainability of the UNICEF interventions by enhancing accountability in the service delivery framework

Produced under the Accountability for Sustainability partnership between the UNDP/SIWI Water Governance Facility and UNICEF, the new publications build on the series of successful knowledge products specifically aimed to increase the sustainability of the UNICEF interventions by enhancing accountability in the service delivery framework

WASH Accountability Mapping Tools
The newly released WASH Accountability Mapping Tools are presented as participatory instruments, developed to assess the status and quality of accountability lines within the water and sanitation sector. Structured to enable participants to review practices in any country at the local or sector level, these tools offer graphics of the water sector, shaped as a comprehensive accountability relations that encompass roles, functions and relations between the respective stakeholders. The mapping serves to identify the accountability weaknesses to be addressed, the actors who should be engaged in this work and potential improvement actions.

WASH Accountability Mapping Tools Facilitator Guide
The Facilitator Guide, aimed helping those in charge of conducting the WASH Accountability Mapping Tools, is being driven around the principal questions on who is doing what in the sector and who is therefore accountable to whom. Intended to guide UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene professionals in facilitating practical activities related to accountability in the WASH sector, the Facilitator Guide also operationalizes the learning outlined in other works published under the same series such as Accountability for Sustainability Concept Note, Reference Guide for Programming and Enabling Environment and Water Governance: A Conceptual Framework. It includes interactive learning opportunities for participant discussion, reflection and peer-to-peer learning. The tasks provide an opportunity for participants to visualize the service delivery framework in a given WASH sub-sector as a system of interconnected accountability relationships.

The new released WASH Accountability Mapping Tools and its Facilitator Guide provide a structured way of identifying and analyzing challenges and choosing options for their improvement. The in-depth tools also assist in evaluating adequacy of actions and developing a roadmap for implementation and monitoring. Both publications are available in English and French.