About the New WASHwatch: Linking the WASH Community and Mobilizing for Improved Monitoring and Accountability

WASHwatch.org has recently re-launched! While we have indeed received a beautiful face lift, we have also increased our capacity to serve the WASH community. We are eager to start working with you!

WASHwatch intends to serve as an online collaborative platform for monitoring government and donor commitments to WASH, striving to increase sector transparency, encourage sector dialogue and knowledge sharing, and ultimately strengthen sector monitoring and accountability.

You may already be familiar with our capacity to support sector transparency. Indeed, on the recently launched website, you can already find the human right to water and sanitation, Africa’s eThekwini, and South Asia’s SACOSAN declarations. WASHwatch has the ability to monitor an infinite number of declarations. In the coming months we will add relevant Millennium Development Goals, commitments made at Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meetings, and any other commitments you might want to bring to our attention.

While having easy access to all relevant WASH promises is convenient, it is not enough for sector transparency. To be a truly transparent sector we need to be able to monitor and report on commitments. WASHwatch monitors progress against commitments using traffic lights (red = little or no progress against the commitment, amber = some, and green = good progress). Scores can easily be compared across countries, and comparative reports can be generated for use in your planning and advocacy. For those with an interest in data, all indicators are presented, and data sets used to report scores are available.

Going beyond monitoring commitment progress, YOU, the users of WASHwatch, dedicated WASH professionals and advocates, can provide valuable comment and/or evidence to absolutely any commitment score on WASHwatch.

WASHwatch intends to encourage sector dialogue and knowledge sharing by providing an opportunity to collaboratively respond to sector monitoring. If you agree or disagree with a score, tell us why. If you have evidence to support or counter a score, share it with us. We will publish all of your contributions with you as the author (unless you wish to remain anonymous).

It is WASHwatch’s intent that comments and evidence you contribute influence formal monitoring processes, limiting biased reporting, and generating more representative scoring. You after all, have insider knowledge as to what’s really happening in the sector, and should thus be consulted in scoring commitment progress. WASHwatch intends to make sure you are!

In addition to providing you with an opportunity to contribute comment and evidence to scores, WASHwatch hopes to host dialogue and debate around current monitoring mechanisms. If you think the commitments and/or indicators of a current declaration are weak, tell us by identifying the weakness and making suggestions for improvement. By engaging in such conversations on WASHwatch, together we can propose and influence future decisions around methods for sector monitoring.

Ultimately, contributing comment and evidence to WASHwatch provides you with an opportunity to have your voice heard and joined with WASH advocates around the world. There is strength in numbers after all. WASHwatch intends to mobilize the WASH community to collectively improve sector monitoring and accountability.

Join the WASHwatch community now! Explore the new washwatch.org website, walk through our User Guide  as a tutorial, use WASHwatch to support your work, and starting sharing your knowledge now! Do not hesitate to contact us at info@washwatch.org  for more information or support.

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