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Latin America - Consolidation, improvement and expansion of the rural water and sanitation information system (SIASAR) (English)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emphasize service delivery, which requires an innovative approach to evidence-based policy-making. However, service providers in rural areas often lack the technical capacity needed to effectively deliver reliable services while a lack of up-to-date and comprehensive data means little information is available for policy makers, planners and sector specialists to identify and respond to the needs of rural communities. An improved information management system that reflects local realities can help address these challenges. In this context, the governments of Panama and Nicaragua, followed shortly by Honduras, articulated the need for an enhanced information system to help prioritize technical assistance and improve the sustainability of service providers in rural areas. In response, the World Bank consolidated resources from several ongoing operations in the region, the Water Partnership Program (WPP) and the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), and the Rural Water and Sanitation Information System (SIASAR) was born. Following a successful pilot program in 2012, efforts began to focus on improving the system and formalizing the institutional and operational arrangements to consolidate and expand its use in Latin American and the Caribbean and in 2013 the World Bank began providing dedicated non-lending technical assistance (TA) under SIASAR consolidation and expansion in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC). This report presents a consolidated review of both TAs through a detailed discussion of the achievements and results of the SIASAR initiative.


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    Latin America - Consolidation, improvement and expansion of the rural water and sanitation information system (SIASAR)

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Latin America - Consolidation, improvement and expansion of the rural water and sanitation information system (SIASAR) (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.