MAKE IT COUNT: Disability Inclusive WASH Programme

Guidance Note on Disability Inclusive WASH Programme Data Collection, Monitoring and Reporting


There are at least 1 billion persons with disabilities globally. Persons with disabilities face significant barriers to accessing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Often these barriers remain unidentified, and the impact of WASH programmes on persons with disabilities is not measured as WASH monitoring processes are not designed to collect disability data. If persons with disabilities remain invisible in WASH data, they are more likely to be overlooked in WASH policies and programmes.

There is growing recognition within the WASH sector that programmes should collect disability data and monitor the impact of WASH services on persons with disabilities. However, persons with disabilities are often excluded from data collection exercises.

UNICEF’s guidance, Make it Count: Guidance on disability inclusive WASH programme data collection, monitoring and reporting contains approaches and tips to collect disability data that can identify persons with disabilities and define their barriers to WASH, and monitor and report the results and impact of WASH programmes for persons with disabilities.

All WASH sector actors, even those who are not disability specialists or experts, can contribute to strengthening disability data. This guidance provides practical information, actions and examples to follow that can be adapted and applied to WASH programmes in any context.

The guidance is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic, and accessible formats including ePub, DAISY and Braille-ready.