Achieving a step change in sector performance: towards universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene

Although there is no blueprint for an effective water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, key characteristics are consistently recognised as essential to building effective sector systems at national and local levels.

There is also increasing recognition of the ‘behaviours’ needed to put these ‘building blocks’ in place, with both governments and development partners responsible for adopting ways of working that will improve long-term sector performance and sustainability. Recognising these mutual obligations, and working together to build the systems and capacities needed to deliver and sustain services, will be essential to reaching everyone everywhere with lasting access to WASH.