Table of Contents for Country Paper for SACOSAN VII

All countries are requested that the country paper should be concise and brief but comprehensive in terms of subject areas. The countries are encouraged to reflect more on what has been achieved in last two to three years.

Below is the suggested table of contents for the country paper. Introduction:

Demographic, Socio Economic Profile of the country in context of key indicators of health, education, hunger and poverty. Define basic system and structure of Governance in the country.

Status of Sanitation and Progress in the Country: Access to Improved Sanitation and status of open defection underpinning disparities and inequities among different groups and geographical areas; On-site or Off-site treatment- how the issue of fecal sludge management is being considered and addressed in the country along with wastewater treatment and recycling for any productive usage, share any practices of excreta and waste water management in the country; status of hygiene, hand washing with soap and approaches of hygiene in the country.

Current status of SDGs related to sanitation, and how target and baseline has been established in the country. How these are being rolled out in the country.

Access and coverage of Improved Sanitation, current fecal sludge management approach within the country with on-site treatment and off-site treatment of sewage and wastewater in the country, Hand washing with soap. Update Hygiene status including liquid and solid waste management, menstrual hygiene management and children feces, etc. Describe the status of Institutional WASH services especially in schools, health services and public places.

Policies and Strategies: Sanitation Related Policies and Strategies in the country. How were these developed and being implemented? What process is being envisaged for their realignment with SDGs in the country? How different stakeholders are consulted and involved in the development and implementation in policies and strategies?

Institutional Arrangements: Elaborate existing and proposed legislation and laws that governs the service delivery. What is the focus of existing rule of business by Government and how these are being updated or proposed for revision if any required. Responsibility, system and structures of service delivery at the federal, provincial, district and community level. How stakeholders including private sector contribute in the service provision? Identify and narrate any innovation in making the system responsive to the needs of the community?

Capacities Development: How the capacities in terms of technical, financial and management skills are identified and built within the sector. How HR needs of the country are defined and added in the system. What processes are in places to enhance sector effectiveness and sector efficiency while underpinning capacity development process? Define the roles of training institutes in developing necessary skills and continued professional development both in government as well as private sector? Any standards or benchmarks for HR needed for safely managed sanitation services. How technological options are being integrated in the system and what kinds of networking and linkages development being promoted for cost effective solution in line with local cultural practices?

Planning, Monitoring and Review: Current data collection and reporting streams for safely managed sanitation services in the country, how these streams and processes are aligned with national and SDG needs. How the planning is linked with needs and inequities, an overall development framework of the country. What systems are in placing for programme monitoring and review at the federal, provincial, district and community level. How the innovations and creativity are reflected and added in the system, and how the learning is documented and scaled up. What synergies are in place for knowledge management and sharing the best practices? How the voices and accountability is ensured in the systems and reporting. How inequities being captured and reporting in the existing system and what are plans if that is not happening?

Sector Financing: How budgets for sanitation are prepared at different levels, and what are key challenges in budgetary allocations. What is current level of sanitation allocation versus annual budget or GDP of the country, and trends or changes in allocation during last few years? Create comparison of allocations versus expenditures on the sanitation for last few years to define the patterns and trends. How the expenditures/allocations of the private sector and civil society is reflected in the sector expenditures. How the out of pocket of expenditures from the communities being captured. Share any good practices of cost recovery and reinvestment for long-term sustainability? Any willingness to pay interventions and research strategies?


What are key planned interventions in the country for next three years in relation five building blocks: Policies & Strategies; Institutional Arrangements; Capacities Development; Planning, Monitoring and Review; and Sector Financing.

Time Line:

The countries will submit the country paper by 15th of December 2017. The country paper presentation will be submitted to secretariat by 10th of January 2018.


Each country will be allocated a 10 minutes slot for presentation, it is up to countries to present it or submit a video recorded presentation. After the presentation of four countries there will be Q&A break. The panelist of Q&A session will be the senior level representation of member country from their lead department will sit as panelist and respond to Q&A.