Closing the gaps and achieving universal access for all is the challenge now facing the global community. Over the years, JMP has tracked and presented data to demonstrate important inequalities between various groups, including those between urban and rural residents, the gender burden of water collection, and the persistent exclusion of the poor from water and sanitation services.
The 2015 report is the final update of the MDG era and provides a comprehensive assessment of progress towards the MDG target, based on country, regional and global estimates of access to drinking water and sanitation in 1990 and 2015. It shows how much the world has changed, highlighting key achievements and providing insights into challenges remaining.
The report charts major trends in access and service levels over the MDG period and goes on to consider how far improvements in water and sanitation have benefitted different socio-economic groups. It specifically focuses on inequalities between the richest and poorest segments of the population and presents interesting new ways to visualize progress in reducing inequalities, underlining the challenge of achieving universal access post-2015.
Read the report here.