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Community participation

Participation of users and communities helps ensure sustainable solutions for all aspects of SDG 6 and contributes to wider reductions in inequality within and among countries, including gender inequalities. Indicator 6.b.1 tracks the participation of local communities in water and sanitation management within a country, by looking at the existence of procedures in law or policy for participation, as well as the actual level of participation.

  • + Community participation is measured through multiple indicators which are not aggregated into one overall value (SDG 6 indicator 6.b.1, )
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Number of UN Member States reporting on the indicator during the last 5 years:
Proportion of population of UN Member States that are covered by reporting during the last 5 years:
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Global status of Indicator 6.b.1 Participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

Number of water and sanitation sub-sectors with clearly defined Procedures in law or policy for participation by users/communities (2012-2019)

The sub-sectors are urban drinking water, rural drinking water, urban sanitation, rural sanitation, hygiene promotion, and water resources planning and management.

Number of water and sanitation sub-sectors with clearly defined procedures in law or policy for participation by users/communities

Number of water and sanitation sub-sectors with a high Level of participation by users/communities (2014-2019)

The sub-sectors are urban drinking water, rural drinking water, urban sanitation, rural sanitation, hygiene promotion, and water resources planning and management.

Number of water and sanitation sub-sectors with a high level of participation by users/communities

Progress over time for Indicator 6.b.1 Participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

Number of UN Member States with clearly defined Procedures in law or policy for participation by users/communities

Number of UN Member States with a high Level of participation by users/communities

Status in different SDG regions on Indicator 6.b.1 Participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

Level of participation by users/communities in the management of rural drinking water (2014-2019)

Level of participation by users/communities in hygiene promotion (2014-2019)

Status in different countries (or areas) on Indicator 6.b.1 Participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

Number of water and sanitation sub-sectors with a high Level of participation by users/communities (2014-2019)

Status on different components of Indicator 6.b.1 Participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

Number of UN Member States with clearly defined procedures in law or policy and with a high level of participation (2012-2019)

Procedures in law or policy for participation by users/communities in UN Member States (2012-2019)

Level of participation by users/communities in UN Member States (2014-2019)

Source data Indicator 6.b.1 Participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

Country (or area), regional and world data for the latest year of reporting:

CountryYearProcedures in law or policy for participation by users/communities (10 = Clearly defined; 5 = Not clearly defined)Level of participation by users/communities (3 = High; 2 = Moderate; 1 = Low)
Drinking waterSanitationHygiene promotionWater resources planning and managementDrinking waterSanitationHygiene promotionWater resources planning and management
UrbanRuralUrbanRuralNationalNationalUrbanRuralUrbanRuralNationalNational
Afghanistan201910101010105333332
Albania2019101010101010333333
Angola2014-2019101010101010131331
Anguilla2019555555
Antigua and Barbuda201910105221
Argentina2019105105510111112
Austria2019101010101033333
Azerbaijan2019101010101010333333
Bangladesh2019101010101010132331
Barbados2019101055510222212
Belarus2019101010101010222223
Belize2019101010101010222222
Benin2019101010101010332333
Bhutan2019101010101010132232
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)2019101010101010222222
Bosnia and Herzegovina2019101010101010333333
Botswana2019555555333333
Brazil201910101010510232313
British Virgin Islands2019555555111111
Burkina Faso2019101010101010333333
Burundi2019101010101010221232
Cambodia201951051055222222
Cameroon2014-201955555523122
Central African Republic2019101010101010222222
Chad2019101010101010223221
Chile2017-20191051010552231
China2017-2019101010101010113212
Colombia201910101010510232322
Comoros2019555555111111
Congo2019101010101010332213
Cook Islands201410105510222
Costa Rica2017-201910101010510222232
Côte d'Ivoire2014-201910101010510222222
Cuba2019101010101010222232
Democratic People's Republic of Korea201910101010102222
Democratic Republic of the Congo2019101010101010112211
Dominican Republic2017-2019101010101010222323
Ecuador2019101010101010121223
Egypt201210
El Salvador2017-201910101010105222221
Equatorial Guinea201210
Eritrea201951010101010233322
Estonia2014101010101022222
Eswatini2019101010101010333333
Ethiopia2019101010101010223333
Fiji2017-2019510510105131331
Gabon2019101010101010222221
Gambia2019101010101010121223
Georgia2019101010101010222222
Ghana2019101010101010333333
Guinea2019101010101010121321
Guinea-Bissau201210
Guyana2019555555111111
Haiti2017-2019555555111111
Honduras2019101010101010333332
Hungary201910101010510222222
India2017101010101010222221
Indonesia2019101010101010222222
Iran (Islamic Republic of)2019101010101010222221
Jamaica20191010510510232313
Jordan2019101010101010222222
Kazakhstan2014101010101033333
Kenya2019101010101010123331
Kyrgyzstan2014-201955555521222
Lao People's Democratic Republic2019101010101010323223
Lebanon2014-201910105551022112
Lesotho2019101010101010232332
Liberia2019101010101010333333
Lithuania2019101010101010333333
Madagascar2017-2019101010101010121221
Malawi201910101010101013132
Malaysia20171010101010223
Maldives2017-2019101010101010222222
Mali2019101010101010333313
Marshall Islands2019101010101010111111
Mauritania2019101010101010223322
Mexico2019101010101010222232
Micronesia (Federated States of)20175555510222222
Mongolia2019101010101010212222
Montenegro20191051051010222222
Morocco2019101010101010333323
Mozambique2019101010101010232233
Myanmar2019101010101010111111
Nepal2019101010101010231211
Netherlands2019101010101010332233
New Zealand2019101010101010333333
Niger2019101010101010222222
Nigeria201951010101010122222
North Macedonia20141010101010
Oman2019101010101010222222
Pakistan2019101010101010121211
Panama2019101010101010122332
Papua New Guinea20191051055522222
Paraguay2017-2019101010101010111122
Peru2019101010101010222222
Philippines2019101010101010222222
Republic of Moldova201455551022222
Rwanda2017101010101010232322
Samoa201210
Senegal2019555555222222
Serbia2019101010101010333333
Seychelles2019555555
Sierra Leone2014-201710101010101023222
Solomon Islands20191010101055131221
South Africa201910101010105121221
South Sudan2019101010101010232333
Sri Lanka201910101010105233333
State of Palestine2014-2017202020201020444422
Sudan2019101010101010222222
Syrian Arab Republic201910101010105233323
Tajikistan2017-2019101010101010112223
Thailand2019101010101010222222
Timor-Leste2017-201910101010101022222
Togo2014-2019101010101010222222
Tonga2017101010101010222222
Trinidad and Tobago2019101010101010222212
Tunisia2014-201910510101022222
Tuvalu201910101010101033333
Uganda2019101010101010323233
Ukraine2019101010101010333333
United Republic of Tanzania2019101010101010223333
Uruguay2014-2017101010101010212112
Uzbekistan2017-2019555510101133
Vanuatu2017555555111111
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)2019101010101010333333
Viet Nam2014-20195101010510111121
West Bank and Gaza Strip201910101010510333332
Yemen2014510101051112
Zambia2019101010101010333333
Zimbabwe2019101010101010221233
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