Presenting target 6.b on stakeholder participation

“Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management”

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)

What is target 6.b about?

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.

Global indicator 6.b.1 Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

Definition: Percentage of local administrative units within a country with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management. Local administrative units refer to subdistricts, municipalities, communes or other local community-level units covering both urban and rural areas to be defined by the government. Policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management define a mechanism by which individuals and communities can meaningfully contribute to decisions and directions on water and sanitation management.

Responsible for global compilation of data: WHO/UNEP on behalf of UN-Water