Monitoring SDG6 on water and sanitation

National processes and structures

For long-term sustainability, it is essential to align the SDG monitoring process with existing national monitoring and reporting processes within all relevant sectors and the National Statistical Office, as well as with policy- and decision-making processes and existing institutional and coordination frameworks. The monitoring process needs to be properly reflected in workplans and budgets.

For long-term sustainability, it is essential to integrate the SDG monitoring process into existing processes and structures, and to properly reflect it in workplans and budgets. Photo credit: Julio Pantoja, Creative Commons Attribution

Lessons from pilot process

In the pilot countries, the roles and responsibilities for SDG 6 monitoring were aligned with existing governance structures for monitoring, reporting and implementation. For example, in one pilot country SDG 6 monitoring was combined with the national joint sector review process, which also provided an opportunity to review and adapt existing monitoring frameworks. Another pilot country pointed to the convenience of reviewing and “nationalizing” the monitoring methodologies to adapt to the national context and build ownership; another recognized that although it was possible for them to generate baseline data in a very short time, the bigger challenge is long-term institutionalization and mainstreaming.