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Empowering civil society with transparency tools to aid in the fight against lagging WASH budgets.

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According to the World Bank, there is a global financial gap of around US$ 116 billion per year to meet Sustainable Development Goal targets 6.1 and 6.2 on drinking water and sanitation (SDG 6). By and large universal access has historically been achieved through public finance. Currently though, high levels of perceived risk impede the necessary flow of funds to the WASH sector, setting the stage for less than ideal service delivery.

In response to this challenge, WASH Talk Episode 16: Public Finance and Accountability focuses on the role civil society can play in narrowing this budget gap by holding governments accountable to SDG 6 targets and demanding the appropriate allocation of funds to the sector through improved transparency tools.

Carlene van der Westhuizen of International Budget Partnership (IBP) speaks to host, Andy Narraccott, about IBP's budgeting tools, such as the Open Budget Survey, meant to empower civil society with the data they need to monitor government efforts and ultimately, to influence and correct negative trends. The podcast also features IRC's Head of International Programme, Catarina Fonseca, who shares personal anecdotes from her experiences in Ethiopia and further elaborates on the positive impact of transparency on improving trust in the sector and attracting investors.

Listen to the podcast, read the show notes, and visit the links below for the full story.

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