Improving Sanitation Data Systems in South Asia

International Water Association, Center for Water and Sanitation, CRDF, CEPT University 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 the Center for Water and Sanitation, CRDF, CEPT University and WHO.

According to the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), as of 2022, global usage of on-site sanitation stands at 46%, surpassing sewer connections at 42%. However, the prevalence of safely managed sanitation services is notably higher among households with sewer connections (33%) compared to those relying on on-site facilities (24%). Unfortunately, current data inadequacies prevent the estimation of regional or global proportions of individuals utilising on-site sanitation facilities with excreta emptied and treated off-site.

It is imperative to strengthen local data systems to monitor progress accurately and establish targets for safely managed sanitation services. This webinar aims to spotlight diverse initiatives aimed at strengthening sanitation data systems in South Asia. Insights and experiences collected from the implementation of water and sanitation data systems are invaluable for low- and middle-income countries.

Join us to explore practical considerations and ongoing efforts towards data systems strengthening for water and sanitation.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand the overview of current sanitation data systems in South Asia, including the challenges and gaps in data collection and management.
  • Learn about various initiatives, approaches, technologies and best practices for strengthening sanitation data systems, analysis and reporting in the region.
  • Gain insights into the practical considerations involved in implementing water and sanitation data systems, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.


Additional resources

Q&A report available here

Webinar presentation slides available here

Past IWA Webinars:


International Water Association


  • Meera Mehta, Center for Water and Sanitation, India
  • Aditi Dwivedi, Center for Water and Sanitation, India
  • Rajit Ojha, Department of Water Supply and Sewerage Management, Nepal
  • Shishir Kumar Biswas, Department of Public Health Engineering, Bangladesh
  • Rick Johnston, World Health Organization, Switzerland