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Water and Sanitation

OGP members tackle disparity and safety issues in water and sanitation through commitments ranging from improving access to fighting corruption.

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Challenges involved with safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are increasingly complex and widespread. According to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme, around the world, 30 percent of people do not have access to clean water and a troubling six in ten lack safely managed sanitation. WASH can be greatly improved with better transparency, participation, inclusion, and accountability. 

WASH, along with other public services such as health and education, are some of the least explored areas in OGP, with only 18 members currently implementing WASH commitments as of September 2019. Commitments that do exist, encouragingly, focus on creating inclusive dialogue and feedback loops. 

OGP members can use their action plans to address many of the root causes of WASH issues, including corruption and poor quality, as well as lack of prioritization, access, equity, and accountability.


  • Ensure public participation and greater transparency in policy decisions. In 2016, Uruguay launched a dialogue on the National Water Plan, which included nearly 2,000 citizens, academics, and government representatives. 
  • Ensure officials’ duty to respond to public inquiry. After citizens in Paraguay demanded updated, complete, and cross-referenced information on water and sanitation sources, the government adopted the Rural Water and Sanitation Information System digital platform (SAISAR in Spanish), overseen by non-governmental organizations, municipalities, and donor groups.
  • Accelerate much-needed transparency, participation, and accountability, especially in large infrastructure contracts. Brazil has created a data platform that allows the public to monitor the country’s water resource management program.
  • Obtain input from impacted communities and under-represented organizations, particularly women and indigenous communities where relevant. In Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana, landlords, resident associations, the government, and citizens formed a partnership to increase access to basic household sanitary facilities, like toilets, improving overall health.
  • Improve legitimacy of decision-making. Recent evidence from Costa Rica shows that communities with stronger public water committees and clear rules for tariff collection have better performance in terms of both providing water to rural communities and recovering costs.

OGP Global Report Data

The data below is drawn from the 2019 OGP Global Report. You can view and learn more about the report here.

These are members making OGP commitments to improve their performance in the respective policy area. As members that have demonstrated political commitment through OGP, the next step is ensuring that implemented commitments have maximal impact.

Indicates that member has a starred commitment in this policy area.


  1. Global Report - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

    Improving open government yields significant dividends to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

    2019, Document, PDF

  2. Water Fact Sheet

    Snapshot of global progress and member-level examples of water reform in OGP

    2019, Document, PDF

  3. A Community of Practice on Water and Open Government

    Tackling today’s water challenges will require more than improving infrastructure and stepping up investments.

    2019, Documents, Web Page

  4. UNDP's User's Guide on Assessing Water Governance

    , Outbound Link, Web Page

  5. OECD's Water Governance Indicator Framework

    , Outbound Link, Web Page

  6. Innovations in Water Management in the city of São Paulo: The Leading Role of Civil Society

    When political leaders failed to act on São Paulo's grave water crisis from 2014-2016, civil society organizations, including the Alliance…

    2019, Outbound Link, Web Page


  1. Starred commitment National Water Plan

    UY0072, 2016, Capacity Building

  2. Starred commitment Access to Health, Education, and Water Data

    TZ0008, 2012, Open Data

  3. Starred commitment Citizens’ “How Do I?” Website

    TZ0012, 2012, Public Service Delivery

  4. Community Climate Resilience Pilot

    AUS0006, 2019, Environment and Climate

  5. Improve waste-management practice

    IAS0002, 2019, Capacity Building

  6. Implementation of the National Water Plan

    UY0099, 2018, E-Government

  7. Open Data in Public Works

    HN0063, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Transparency in Waste Management and Creation of a Waste Information Platform

    MAD0009, 2018, Capacity Building

  9. Water Resources Management

    CL0058, 2018, E-Government

  10. Improve Water Resource Governance

    TN0040, 2018, E-Government

  11. Water Resource Management

    BR0109, 2018, Capacity Building

  12. Access to Information

    COT0001, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Open Geo-Spatial Data for Development

    KE0020, 2018, E-Government

  14. State Water Cadastre

    AM0039, 2018, E-Government

  15. Access to Information on Water Services.

    PY0046, 2018, E-Government

  16. Public Services –Sanitation

    SEK0010, 2018, Public Participation

  17. Sensitize and Educate the Public About the Effects of Climate Change, Efficient Use of Natural Resources, Disaster Risk Management, Care of the Environment and Its Publication in Open Data

    GT0085, 2018, Capacity Building

  18. Re-Qualification, Rehabilitation, and Accessibility Program

    CV0002, 2018, Health

  19. Implementation of a Comprehensive Information System on Investment in Sanitation Projects

    PE0079, 2017, E-Government

  20. Developing a New Transparency Portal for Madrid City Council

    MAD0002, 2017, Asset Disclosure

  21. Transparency in Quality and Quantity of Water

    PA0031, 2017, E-Government

  22. Information on Water Services, Sewerage, Water Sources and Sewage Ponds Available for Public Access and Use by July 2017.

    KIG0004, 2017, E-Government

  23. Participatory Management of Safe Water

    LAL0002, 2017, E-Government

  24. Public Service - Sanitation

    SEK0002, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport

  25. Improving Public Access to Preventive and Curative Strategies to Combat Chronic Kidney Disease

    LK0001, 2016, Health

  26. Waste Management

    SL0014, 2016, Capacity Building

  27. Transparency of Contracts of Public Resource Exploiting

    MN0032, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  28. Resilient Communities

    HN0058, 2016, Capacity Building

  29. Georeferencing Complaints and Infringements Requests the Water Code

    CL0034, 2016, E-Government

  30. Codelco Transparency Website

    CL0035, 2016, E-Government

  31. Modernization and Transparency of Procurement Systems and Management Control of Public Works

    CL0044, 2016, E-Government

  32. Detailed Open Spending Data

    NL0023, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  33. Digital system for waste managment data

    IT0071, 2016, E-Government

  34. Measuring Water Consumption and Discharges Both Volume and Quality, as Well as Promoting Reuse, Zero Discharge of Large Consumers and Monitor Their Treatment, Being Transparent Information to Facilitate Citizen Participation in Monitoring.

    MX0069, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Channels of Citizen Monitoring Public Works and Services.

    PY0027, 2016, E-Government

  36. National Waste Management Information System And Related e-Services

    BG0045, 2016, E-Government

  37. Troubleshooting Reports on Water Issues

    DO0044, 2016, E-Government

  38. Environmental Monitoring Points

    UY0070, 2016, Capacity Building

  39. Watershed Committees

    PA0019, 2015, Environment and Climate

  40. Table for Guanacaste

    CR0045, 2015, Infrastructure & Transport

  41. Electronic Portal on Water Resources Administration and Management

    AL0036, 2014, E-Government

  42. To Establish an Open Data System by December 2016.

    TZ0027, 2014, Capacity Building

  43. Improve Quality of Openness in Health Services

    ID0031, 2014, Health

  44. Community Empowerment to Support Environmental Sustainability

    ID0044, 2014, Environment and Climate

  45. Dialogue Channels and Citizen Participation

    PY0021, 2014, Health

  46. Ensure Transparency All Agreements on Investment, Stability and Production- Sharing of Public-Owned Resources Such as Water, Minerals, Oil and Land.

    MN0005, 2014, Extractive Industries

  47. Development of a Unified and Interactive Information Panel on the Implementation of the Water for All Program, Which Can Be Publicly Accessed Through the Internet

    BR0043, 2013, Capacity Building

  48. Water Coalition

    NL0011, 2013, Public Participation

  49. Water Data and Mapping

    TZ0002, 2012, Water and Sanitation

  50. Client Service Charters

    TZ0005, 2012, E-Government

  51. Reports on Tax Exemptions

    TZ0023, 2012, E-Government

  52. Having Cleaner Beaches

    MT0001, 2012, Environment and Climate

  53. Environment

    MT0003, 2012, Environment and Climate

  54. Monitoring Plan for Investments in "Utilities"

    CO0026, 2012, Water and Sanitation

  55. Promoting Public Participation: 1.C. Open Data Portal

    KE0006, 2012, Education

  56. Publish List of Subsidy Beneficiaries

    MX0008, 2011, Education

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