Developing an Open Government and Water Declaration

Boys on their way home from school gather around to quench their thirst. In a region where water scarcity is always a concern, the quality is often disregarded



The COVID-19 pandemic has raised the need for even more urgent action for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene to be available to everyone fairly and equitably. The Water and Open Government Community of Practice (CoP), supported by Fundación Avina, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) , Water Integrity Network (WIN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) , aims to strengthen water and sanitation (WASH) services for all and ensure the needs of vulnerable, marginalized communities are considered. The CoP focuses on open government reforms and leveraging the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a voluntary international partnership, to increase transparency, participation, accountability and social equity in WASH.


The Community of Practice on Water and Open Government seeks your input on a new initiative. A joint initiative of the CoP, governments, civil society and water advocates is the launch of new  work  to create a Water and Open Government Declaration, which will support countries in defining priority commitments for achieving their Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on water and sanitation by 2030. The declaration will be a national and international call for ambitious action in WASH decision-making within the OGP offering an opportunity to increase collaboration and define priorities on transparent  tracking of improvements in water access ,  sanitation and hygiene worldwide.

Through the development of a Water and Open Government Declaration, we will create a baseline of minimum and progressive commitments and improve the mechanisms to achieve impact. The Declaration will be open for signature by OGP government and civil society actors, and will showcase how open government principles can improve WASH service delivery for all,with a call to adopt reforms that governments can and must achieve.


We invite you to take part in shaping this Declaration through providing your thoughts on this survey ENGLISH ( SPANISH  ( and Portuguese ( ). The survey will be open for input until the end of June 2020. This is your opportunity to play a role and participate in what this declaration should focus on. For more information contact WATEROPENGOVERNMENT@SIWI.ORG.


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