IRC Event: ‘Accountability tools to improve WASH service delivery’

Posted by Kimberley Meijers on June 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm



July 6th, 17.00-18.30, in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Minister Ploumen emphasizes the role of civil society organizations as watchdog over public services in her note ‘dialogue and dissent‘. They need to critically follow the performance of government in service delivery, demand accountability and engage in dialogues with government to improve services, based on such data. This is not a one-way process. Donor governments also need to scrutinize the performance of their partner governments, NGOs and multi-laterals and demand accountability over their performance.

In the WASH sector, civil society organisations have been applying approaches and tools for accountability at different levels. These include: tracking WASH budgets of local governments; monitoring of functionality and service levels and using those data in dialogues with national government; and tracking commitments of governments at highest level in the context of Sanitation and Water for All. This field is undergoing rapid changes, as data on WASH services is becoming more easily available, particularly through mobile phone and internet applications – though monitoring and tracking financial flows for WASH still is fraught with difficulties.

Focus of the event

This IRC Event will share presentations about the types of tools in use for accountability in the WASH sector, and debate on the following questions:

  • Are we applying the right types of accountability tools that cover all aspects of performance in WASH?
  • How can we use data from the tools in processes of dialogues between government and civil society?
  • What role does open (aid) data play in that?

Come and discuss what is new, what is different and what does it mean for the different organisations working in the sector.

About IRC

IRC is a think-and-do tank. Our approach is different, and it is transformational. It involves everyone, in every part of the process, thinking and acting in new ways to find long-term solutions to the global crisis in water, sanitation and hygiene services: www.ircwash.org

IRC runs thematic events in The Hague, open to all interested parties. They aim to bring together professionals to network and discuss hot topics in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. They are forward looking and multidisciplinary in nature presenting the latest thinking from governments, NGOs, private sector and academia.

Stef Smits smits@ircwash.org
Vera van der Grift grift@ircwash.org
Cor Dietvorst dietvorst@ircwash.org


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