Launching the CSO study at the World Water Week.
‘Accountability is still not fully understood by the sector. There is a general lack of awareness of the legal obligations and the legal spaces that exist to hold governments, duty bearers and service providers accountable for the gaps in progress for meeting the SDGs. This means that we are really missing out on the critical role civil society can play in questioning the status quo and demanding the change we want to see…’ Quote: Catarina Fonseca.
We are already beginning to see the positive impacts of the study. Fortunately Wilhemina Malima from WSSCC was present. As a representative from a CSO in Tanzania involved in the study, Wilhemina was able to share how CSOs are using the findings to push the discussion of SDG 6 accountability with government and with other CSOs in the country. The government for example has already committed to the voluntary SDG review next year. These positive developments are exactly what we want to see. Our hope is that with more time, issues of accountability are brought to the fore and we begin to see a civil society emboldened by its ability to follow-up on duty bearers.
“Things are already starting to happen! This report has really opened people’s eyes and initiated the conversation on the issue of SDG6 accountability in Tanzania” Wilhelmina Malima of WSSCC on the Joint Accountability Report.
“Strong accountability mechanisms are key to making sure we leave no one behind and to ensure that we meet SDG6.” says Erma Uytewaal.
The study evaluated the nature of existing national accountability mechanisms as well as the challenges and opportunities, identified gaps and made specific recommendations to different stakeholders to reach SDG 6.
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