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UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS)

UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS)

The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) reports on the capacity of countries to make progress towards the Millennium Development Goals’ water and sanitation targets and on the effectiveness of external support agencies to facilitate this process. UN-Water GLAAS has been designed in response to the need to reduce the reporting burden and harmonize different reporting mechanisms of UN-family Member States. GLAAS also increases the comprehensiveness and accountability of information on the drinking water and sanitation sectors.

The objective of the UN-Water GLAAS report is to monitor the inputs required to extend and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems and services. This includes the components of the “enabling environment”: documenting government policy and institutional frameworks; the volume, sources and targeting of investment; the sufficiency of human resources; priorities and gaps with respect to external assistance; and the influence of these factors on performance. A more challenging secondary goal is to analyse the factors associated with progress, or lack thereof, in order to identify drivers and bottlenecks, to identify knowledge gaps, to assess strengths and weaknesses, to identify challenges, priorities and successes, and to facilitate benchmarking across countries.

The UN-Water GLAAS is produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf of UN-Water and is published every two years. GLAAS is part of the UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6, reporting on progress towards SDG targets 6.a and 6.b