Presenting target 6.b on stakeholder participation

Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
— 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

What and why?

Target 6.b aims for the participation of local communities in water and sanitation planning and management, which is essential for ensuring that the needs of all people are being met. The involvement of relevant stakeholders is further necessary to ensure: that the technical and administrative solutions decided upon are suitable for specific socioeconomic contexts, the full understanding of the impacts of a certain development decision and the encouragement of local ownership of the solutions when implemented (to ensure sustainability over time). Target 6.b supports the implementation of all SDG 6 targets (targets 6.1–6.6 and 6.a) by promoting the meaningful involvement of local communities, which is also a central component of IWRM.

In the GLAAS 2013/2014 survey, 83% of the countries reported that procedures for stakeholder participation in WASH planning programmes were clearly defined in law or policy, but less than half of the countries had reached a “moderate” extent of implementation. Similarly, in the IWRM Status Report (2012), 86% of the countries responded that they had a mechanism for stakeholder participation in place, but only 38% could report on an “advanced stage” of implementation. (Photo credit: Katrin Gronemeier, Creative Commons Attribution)

In the GLAAS 2013/2014 survey, 83% of the countries reported that procedures for stakeholder participation in WASH planning programmes were clearly defined in law or policy, but less than half of the countries had reached a “moderate” extent of implementation. Similarly, in the IWRM Status Report (2012), 86% of the countries responded that they had a mechanism for stakeholder participation in place, but only 38% could report on an “advanced stage” of implementation. (Photo credit: Katrin Gronemeier, Creative Commons Attribution)