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UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) 2017 report : financing universal water, sanitation and hygiene under the sustainable development goals

This report analyses the current water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) finance situation in countries, with an assessment of funding gaps to reach targets, financial planning and government budgets, as well as different sources of WASH financing (taxes, transfers and tariffs) and expenditure allocations. The policies and actions of external support agencies (ESAs) are also highlighted. The report then focuses on funding universal access to WASH, with a discussion of how the targeting and use of existing financial resources can be improved as well as what cost recovery and pro-poor affordability schemes and measures can be deployed to reach those under threat of being left behind. New results from recently participating countries of the WHO-led UN-Water GLAAS TrackFin initiative during 2015 and 2016 are also presented throughout this report and in Annex B.

The report's main findings are:

  • National WASH budgets are increasing as countries prepare to take on board the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet there remains a discrepancy between global aspirations and national realities
  • The SDGs require greater ambitions for WASH, but there remains a lack of financial sustainability for reaching the unserved and maintaining services
  • More and better data are available for informed decision-making
  • Official development assistance (ODA) disbursements for water and sanitation are increasing, but future investments are uncertain
  • Extending WASH services to vulnerable groups is a policy priority, but implementation is lagging behind

This GLAAS 2017 report is the fourth periodic report, and first thematic report, following on from earlier reports in 2010, 2012, and 2014. It presents an analysis of the most reliable and up-to-date data from 75 countries and 25 ESAs on the issues related to WASH financing and other elements of the enabling environment, including plans, targets, data availability and measures to reach vulnerable populations. GLAAS reports provide substantive evidence for the activities of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA).

TitleUN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) 2017 report : financing universal water, sanitation and hygiene under the sustainable development goals
Publication TypeProgress Report
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWHO, UN-Water
Secondary TitleGLAAS report
Volume2017
Paginationx, 79 p. : 33 fig., 12 tab.
Date Published04/2017
PublisherWorld Health Organization
Place PublishedGeneva, Switzerland
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN Number978-92-4-151219-0
Abstract

This report analyses the current water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) finance situation in countries, with an assessment of funding gaps to reach targets, financial planning and government budgets, as well as different sources of WASH financing (taxes, transfers and tariffs) and expenditure allocations. The policies and actions of external support agencies (ESAs) are also highlighted. The report then focuses on funding universal access to WASH, with a discussion of how the targeting and use of existing financial resources can be improved as well as what cost recovery and pro-poor affordability schemes and measures can be deployed to reach those under threat of being left behind. New results from recently participating countries of the WHO-led UN-Water GLAAS TrackFin initiative during 2015 and 2016 are also presented throughout this report and in Annex B.

The report's main findings are:

  • National WASH budgets are increasing as countries prepare to take on board the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet there remains a discrepancy between global aspirations and national realities
  • The SDGs require greater ambitions for WASH, but there remains a lack of financial sustainability for reaching the unserved and maintaining services
  • More and better data are available for informed decision-making
  • Official development assistance (ODA) disbursements for water and sanitation are increasing, but future investments are uncertain
  • Extending WASH services to vulnerable groups is a policy priority, but implementation is lagging behind

This GLAAS 2017 report is the fourth periodic report, and first thematic report, following on from earlier reports in 2010, 2012, and 2014. It presents an analysis of the most reliable and up-to-date data from 75 countries and 25 ESAs on the issues related to WASH financing and other elements of the enabling environment, including plans, targets, data availability and measures to reach vulnerable populations. GLAAS reports provide substantive evidence for the activities of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA).

URLhttp://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/glaas-report-2017/en/

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