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Monitoring of WASH systems needs to be much more sophisticated to reach universal access for everyone.

IRC's podcast series WASH Talk shares ideas on changes the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector has to make in order to contribute to achieving universal access by 2030. Experts from across the globe are involved in open discussions on their specific expertise and experiences.

In the third episode Tom Slaymaker (UNICEF) and Catarina Fonseca (IRC) talk about the need to collect more complex monitoring data on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to establish the actual situation on the ground. This is essential to make progress to reach universal access and leave no one behind (Sustainable Development Goal 6).

Tom Slaymaker is a Senior Statistics and Monitoring Specialist in the Data and Analytics Section at UNICEF and has over 15 years' experience working in Africa and Asia. UNICEF plays a leading role in supporting countries to collect and analyse data relating to inequalities in child survival, nutrition, health, education, protection and WASH. Tom currently manages the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) and coordinates UNICEF's technical inputs to the Inter Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal indicators.




Catarina Fonseca is Head of the International and Innovation Programme of IRC and is the Watershed: empowering citizens Director. She has pioneered sector development on the understanding of life-cycle costs and financing. Catarina has a passion for evidence and data in support of good governance.