What is the SWA Partnership?

What is the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership (SWA)?

The Sanitation and Water for All Partnership links up governments, donors, civil society and multilateral organisations to work together and take action to tackle the sanitation and water crisis.

  • A global partnership: SWA is an established, global, multi-stakeholder partnership with over 100 partners, drawn from governments, civil society, donors, development banks and other agencies.
  • With a vision of sanitation, water and hygiene for all, always and everywhere: SWA is working to catalyse political leadership and improve accountability in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector and to achieve a vision of sanitation, water and hygiene for all, always and everywhere.
  • Initially set up to focus on the sanitation and water MDG targets: SWA was set up during the period of the Millennium Development Goals, and its initial focus was on the countries that were most off-track in their efforts to achieve the sanitation and water targets of the MDGs.
  • Now focused on the WASH-related targets of the SDGs: Now that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been adopted, SWA aims to grow and support this ambitious new vision of social and economic development for people, planet and prosperity. SWA partners are committed to playing a pivotal role in contributing to the delivery as well as follow-up and review of the water, sanitation and hygiene-related SDG targets.
  • All UN Member States welcome: SWA encourages all interested UN Member States to join, particularly those with significant inequalities in access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

The Partnership provides a platform for coordination and exchange: by bringing together countries, donors and other development partners, the partnership provides a forum for coordination and exchange of experience:

It operates at the GLOBAL level by creating a political platform to address WASH collectively, especially through SWA High-Level Meetings (HLMs).

It operates at the NATIONAL level by promoting strategic planning and better coordination among sector actors within countries and by monitoring national sanitation, water, and hygiene commitments to ensure they are implemented. Watch this video for more information.

SWA’s priority areas for achieving its goal :

  1. Increase overall political prioritization for sanitation, hygiene and water through advocacy;
  2. Strengthen government-led national processes for increasing access to sanitation, hygiene and water;
  3. Develop and use a strong evidence base to support good decision making;
  4. Strengthen regional, national and local human and institutional capacities in the sanitation, water and hygiene sector;
  5. Follow-up and review progress achieved by countries in implementing the sanitation, water and hygiene targets of the SDGs