Improving Data Systems for Sanitation

International Water Association, Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation and World Health Organization Sanitation Data, Data Systems, SDG Monitoring, Reporting WASH

Target Audience

Policymakers, practitioners, government agencies, regulators, engineers, and utilities as well as interested researchers and academics.


This webinar cuts across different IWA’s initiatives, programmes and communities. It is being led by the IWA’s Inclusive Urban Sanitation Initiative and the Water Policy and Regulation Agenda, in collaboration with Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation (ESAWAS) and WHO-Regnet.

With less than seven years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many countries still lack reliable data to meet the SDG targets on sanitation and wastewater. The understanding of global indicators and methodologies, as well as their integration with local and national monitoring systems, remains incomplete. However, the achievement of meaningful Inclusive Urban Sanitation at the country level is impossible without robust data systems for informed decision-making. To bridge data gaps, it is crucial to address data systems at the local service level, ensuring their integration with regulatory and national frameworks.

This integration will not only support the integrity and reliability of global monitoring systems but also enable effective decision-making processes. The webinar aims to delve into the design of public sanitation data systems to establish strong and useful local/national systems. Improving sanitation data can strengthen global systems and enable national reporting and benchmarking of progress towards SDGs and other international targets. Join this webinar to learn more about practical considerations and efforts towards strengthening data systems for sanitation.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) required to track progress in sanitation at national and global levels.
  • Acquire valuable insights into various approaches, tools and methodologies for collecting national-level data, taking into account the diverse role of stakeholders and different service arrangements.
  • Recognise the importance of data driven decision-making analysis in guiding effective sanitation interventions.
  • Develop an understanding of the requirements and options for establishing and strengthening public sanitation data systems.


Additional resources

Q&A report available here

Webinar presentation slides available here

Past IWA Webinars:


International Water Association


  • Yvonne Magawa Executive Secretary, Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation Regulators Association, Zambia
  • Chola Mbilima Senior Inspector, National Water Supply and Sanitation Council, Zambia
  • Batsirai Majuru, Technical Officer for WASH Regulation, World Health Organization, Switzerland
  • Francesco Mitis Statistician for Joint Monitoring Programme, World Health Organization, Switzerland