Sustainable Development Goals - 17 Goals to Transform our World

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Indicator 6.a.1: Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan

Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan

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Method of computation The indicator is computed as the proportion between the amount of water and sanitation related Official Development Assistance a government receives, and the total amount budgeted for water and sanitation in a government coordinated spending plan.
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Indicator name Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan
Target name By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies.
Global indicator description International cooperation and capacity-building support implies aid (most of it quantifiable) in the form of grants or loans by external support agencies. The amount of water and sanitation-related Official Development Assistance (ODA) can be used as a proxy for this, captured by the Creditor Reporting System (CRS) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Realising that the role of ODA in international cooperation is evolving and that a broad range of stakeholders is involved in "international cooperation and capacity development support", it is envisaged that this indicator will evolve and will be further qualified during the SDG period. UN-Water is working together with OECD to align the proposed indicator and methodology with OECD work. Official Development Assistance (ODA) is defined as flows of official financing administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as the main objective, and which are concessional in character with a grant element of at least 25 per cent (using a fixed 10 per cent rate of discount). By convention, ODA flows comprise contributions of donor government agencies, at all levels, to developing countries ("bilateral ODA") and to multilateral institutions. ODA receipts comprise disbursements by bilateral donors and multilateral institutions. Lending by export credit agencies'with the pure purpose of export promotion'is excluded (OECD source IMF 2003). A government coordinated spending plan is defined as a financing plan/budget for the water and sanitation sector, clearly assessing the available sources of finance and strategies for financing future needs.
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