Accountability for Sustainability

The partnership between UNICEF and the Water Governance Facility at SIWI aims to provide UNICEF and UNDP WASH staff with the accountability tools and guidance they need to achieve improved governance and thereby help shape programmes to deliver increased sustainability.

This programme is a partnership with Unicef


The aim of the partnership is to increase the sustainability of water and sanitation services, through the inclusion of WASH governance and accountability aspects in UNICEF country level programming.

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) programmes often fail to bring lasting benefits to the people they seek to serve due to deficiencies in governance. Few of the main deficiencies in service delivery are due to lack of physical availability. The principal causes are deeply rooted in poverty and inequality, and these contribute to poor governance

Research has proven that the effectiveness of WaSH programming to deliver sustainable improvements depends on whether service delivery is governed in an accountable fashion.

Efforts to ensure that access to water remains sustainable and viable have seen a shift from water supply hardware to ways to improve support to institutions and governance in the sector.

There is potential to build on existing initiatives by helping to strengthen accountability links within the water service framework and streamlining accountability into processes.

SIWI/UNICEF will produce a series of products tailored to meet the needs of UNICEF WASH programmes at national, regional and global levels. These include:

  • Information on working with accountability in the WASH sector,
  • UNICEF WaSH tools and processes to better address accountability and sustainability issues
  • Technical support to selected UNICEF and UNDP country offices

SIWI/UNICEF will facilitate and support Training of Trainers, Training and webinars


Several UNICEF country offices have requested technical assistance from the program to streamline accountability in programming (Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ethiopia, Rwanda, D.R.Congo, D. Congo, Madagascar, Iraq, Palestine, Myanmar, Bolivia, Haiti,…)

UNICEF Regional offices (WCARO, MENA, LAC, EAPRO) have requested technical assistance from the program to streamline accountability in programming.


Related media


 “Human Right to water and accountability” — Alejandro Jiménez, WASH Specialist, Water Governance Facility    “Accountability in the WASH sector: what is it all about?” — Cecilia Scharp, UNICEF Senior WASH Advisor



“Working with governance and accountability is key to the achieve sustainability” — Alejandro Jiménez & Cecilia Scharp  

“Sustainability of WASH services: making it real” – Kelly Ann Naylor, UNICEF Senior WASH advisor, Pim Vander-Male Directorate-General for International Cooperation, The Netherlands