Earlier this month, the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting (HLM) was hosted by the World Bank in Washington, D.C. The partnership’s third convening — watched closely by those involved in the WASH sector — brought together ministers of finance, health, and WASH from developing countries, as well as donors and other development partners to discuss specific commitments to achieve universal access to clean water and adequate sanitation.
An important outcome of the HLM was the endorsement of 265 new commitments addressing a range of issues in WASH — from increasing the availability and efficiency of financial resources, to improving access to services and strengthening the institutions responsible for the delivery of water and sanitation.
In a short video report posted to SWA’s website, Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid, discusses her impressions of the meeting and lauds the group’s open dialogue about sector-wide challenges — such as addressing donor fragmentation and balancing the involvement of the private sector with the human right to water.
A webcast from the 2014 meeting has also been made available on the World Bank’s website.