A biennial report produced by the World Health Organization on behalf of UN-Water, GLAAS provides a global update on the policy frameworks, institutional arrangements, human resource base, and international and national finance streams in support of sanitation and drinking-water. The 2014 report presents new data from 94 countries, covering all MDG regions, and 23 external support agencies, representing over 90% of official development assistance for sanitation and drinking-water. The results show that to improve access and reduce inequalities beyond 2015, much more needs to be done to implement and monitor WASH policies at the national level effectively.
- Governments show strong support for universal access to drinking-water and sanitation, but political aspirations are impeded by insufficient capacity and financing at country level.
- Critical gaps in monitoring impede decision-making and progress for poorest. Monitoring of hygiene promotion is particularly weak.
- Neglect for WASH in schools and in health care facilities undermines country capacity to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks.
- Development aid commitments for water and sanitation increased 30% from 2010 to 212, with aid increasingly being directed towards low-income countries.
- Rural sanitation is an area of high needs, yet low expenditures.