Strengthening sustainability and accountability in the WASH sector in Guinea Bissau

The UNICEF-SIWI partnership ”Accountability for Sustainability” provided substantial expertise and knowledge in the planning process of the review of the WASH policies, in the implementation of the WASH-Bottleneck Analysis Tool Workshop, and will strengthen the accountability perspective in the forthcoming Water and Sanitation policies

As Guinea Bissau is embarking on an ambitious review of its water and sanitation policies, a workshop brought together over sixty stakeholders in April 2015, initiating a sector dialogue and enabling UNICEF to collect views on the policy review process. The WASH-Bottleneck Analysis Tool (WASH-BAT) used during the workshop proved particularly useful as a convening tool and helped bring consensus on a few key priorities.

SIWI took an active part in the policy review workshop, as part of the UNICEF/SIWI partnership ”Accountability for Sustainability”, providing strategic advice and direct support on accountability and sustainability to underpin the implementation of the WASH-BAT. The discussion on the sustainability of services was of particular importance in the Guinea Bissau context since the WASH-BAT exercise is intended as an initial step in a ”Sustainability Pathway”. A number of practical solutions were devised to strengthen the WASH-BAT focus on sustainability and accountability links within the water service framework, and additional activities conducted during the workshop enabled participants to uncover and discuss these highly relevant issues.

The priorities discussed through the WASHBAT exercise will be the essence of the National Water and Sanitation Action Plan, being currently discussed in the Water Sector Working Group (GAS).