Thursday, 13 September 2012

Post-2015 Blog Week: 'Post-2015 targets for WASH: add your voice to the debate' by Tom Slaymaker, Lead for JMP Post-2015 Water Working Group

Tom Slaymaker is the Lead for the JMP Post-2015 Water Working Group. Here he explains how you can have your say on how progress on water, sanitation and hygiene should be measured after 2015, and how the process will take place.

In January this year the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) established 4 expert working groups to think about possible goals, targets and indicators for global WASH monitoring beyond 2015 and I was invited to lead the working group on drinking water. Following a recent session at World Water Week in Stockholm I met with the chairs of the other working groups (sanitation, hygiene and equity and non-discrimination) to review progress so far and discuss next steps.

The four working groups have each developed draft proposals and the JMP has launched a consultation inviting people to submit comments and suggestions via its website by 20th September. This is a great opportunity for sector professionals and practitioners around the world to contribute views based on their own experience of trying to improve WASH on the ground. We need your feedback on the relevance of the proposed goals, targets and indicators to the problems faced in different contexts and whether they are sufficiently ambitious and achievable. We also need to try to make the current ‘long list’ of targets and indicators shorter and more manageable so would welcome comments on which elements it is most crucial to keep and which can be dropped or combined with others.

Over the next few months the proposals will be further refined taking into account the feedback received and then combined into a consolidated set of target and indicator proposals for water, sanitation and hygiene which address concerns relating to equity and non-discrimination. This consolidated proposal will then form the basis for an International Consultation on global WASH monitoring in the Hague in early December and the outputs from that meeting are expected to inform subsequent regional and country level consultations on WASH and the wider post 2015 development framework during the course of 2013.

Big conversations on the role of WASH in development do not come round very often so please do read the proposals and get involved in the debate. The more feedback we receive, the more robust our proposals will be, and the greater our chances of securing a central role for WASH within the emerging post 2015 development framework.

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