Accountability in WASH: Explaining the concept

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The lack of sustainability of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions is a major obstacle to universal access to WASH — Despite significant investments over the past decades and many unserved people gaining new access to improved water supply and sanitation infrastructure, access to clean water, safe sanitation, and effective hygiene remain a persistent challenge with devastating consequences for individuals, economies and the environment. Making the achievements of WASH programmes and services sustainable requires a focus on water governance. Accountability is an effective entry point to work with water governance. This introduction of accountability in WASH provides water practitioners with a toolbox of concepts to help identify which accountability factors affect the sustainability of water and sanitation service delivery and match this diagnosis to different solutions and options for action.

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