SIASAR: a country-led indicator framework for monitoring the rural water and sanitation sector in Latin America and the Caribbean
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The provision of water supply, sanitation and hygiene services has emerged as a top priority in the development agenda in Latin American and the Caribbean. In light of the investments envisaged to reach the targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Information Systems (IS) will play a key role in improving decision-making. In this context, this article introduces a country-led and global IS, which is increasingly implemented in a number of countries across Latin America and the Caribbean as a policy instrument to support national and local decision-making: the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Information System (SIASAR). It includes a comprehensive framework for data collection, data analysis and data dissemination that simultaneously fulfils different stakeholders’ needs. This article analyses these three key monitoring issues from the viewpoint of stakeholders’ involvement. Results indicate that SIASAR represents a suitable monitoring framework to analyse sustainable services and the level of service delivered. Additionally, it is highlighted the advantages of adopting a continued participatory approach in system development, namely i) the stimulation of experience exchange and knowledge sharing among recipient counties, ii) the promotion of learning-by-doing, and iii) an increase of regional understanding, collaboration and comparison.
CitationRequejo, D., Gine, R., Flores, O., Martínez, G., Rodríguez, A., Jiménez, A., Pérez-Foguet, A. SIASAR: a country-led indicator framework for monitoring the rural water and sanitation sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. "Water practice and technology", Juny 2017, vol. 12, núm. 2, p. 372-385.
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