Monitoring SDG6 on water and sanitation

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”

Target 6.b encourages community participation in water and sanitation management – this page explains why and how to monitor progress towards the target, and what resources that are available for countries to do so.

The indicator at a glance

Indicator 6.b.1 tracks the level of stakeholder participation in water and sanitation management within a country:

  • Participation refers to a mechanism by which individuals and communities can meaningfully contribute to management decisions and directions.
  • Local administrative units are institutional units whose authority extends over the smallest geographical areas distinguished for administrative and political purposes within a country.

The indicator currently includes information about the existence of procedures in law or policy for participation by service users and communities, and the level of their participation, disaggregated by sector (drinking water, sanitation, hygiene promotion and water resources planning and management).

Available support 2019-2022

WHO and OECD are the custodians of indicator 6.b.1. For any inquiries about available support, please contact their helpdesk.

Guidance on data collection and reporting

Online support

  • Helpdesk (email, phone, video conference)

Data and progress reporting