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2011 GLAAS surveys

The Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) integrates and analyzes data from several different existing sources, including global data on sanitation and drinking-water coverage, donor aid flows, economic and development indicators, health indicator data, and data from regional sector and multi-sector assessments. In addition, the GLAAS conducts a data gathering process at both country-level and donor organizations to fill key knowledge gaps. To support the development of the 2012 GLAAS report, this data gathering effort is taking place during the second-half of 2011. If you have questions concerning this process, please contact glaas@who.int.

Country survey

To support the GLAAS, WHO is performing a data-gathering exercise in countries to fill knowledge gaps and track trends on key resource inputs for the delivery and sustainability of improved sanitation and safe drinking-water. In some parts of the world this data collection may occur jointly with other international partners depending on the availability of resources and ability to benefit from synergies with parallel processes.

All national governments are welcome to provide information for the GLAAS data collection effort. A majority of developing countries will receive an invitation from their respective WHO Country Office to participate in the 2011-2012 GLAAS. Countries are requested to essentially perform a national assessment of sanitation and drinking-water by bringing together relevant governmental organizations, and reviewing and completing the GLAAS survey questionnaire.

These efforts are facilitated with limited funding support and should be led by a national focal person at country level with support of the WHO country office and in some cases, an external facilitator. The 2011 GLAAS survey package for aid recipient countries includes:

External support agency (ESA) survey

GLAAS has developed a survey questionnaire to help collect key information on sanitation and drinking-water aid from external support agencies (i.e. bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, NGOs, private foundations, and international organizations). GLAAS recognizes that the majority of the aid flows to sanitation and drinking-water are captured by the OECD Creditor Reporting System (OECD-CRS).

WHO has worked in collaboration with the OECD to make the best use of this existing data. For those agencies that already report to the OECD-CRS, there is the option to skip several questions that duplicate information requests to the OECD. In addition to reported aid flows, information on donor priorities, future planning and alignment, are requested in this questionnaire. The 2011 GLAAS external support agency survey package includes:

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