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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Progress on achieving SDG 6

2020 Voluntary National Review

Niger reported the rate of access to basic service in rural areas rose from 20.95% in 2018 to 35.7% in 2019, and the rate of access to optimal service in urban areas from 35.4% to 42.7% respectively. 

The country identified several areas for improvement in the coming years, as the need for a change in the behavior of the population, especially in terms of sanitation; respect for the urbanization plans aimed at improving residents' access to certain essential needs and amenities; improved access to drinking water in urban and rural areas; and extension and modernization of water supply and sanitation networks in rural centers and urban areas. Niger further noted that these challenges can be attributed to the significant decrease of official development assistance in the water and sanitation sector. The country reported that funding has fallen from 200,690,911 USD in 2015 to 64,502,510 USD in 2017, but since 2017, it has increased to 83,554,623 USD in 2018 and 100,348,679 USD in 2019. Niger reported that the increase in the last years is linked to the introduction of a sector financing mechanism called the mechanism common funding, but noted aid remains well below national needs.  

Niger highlighted to continue action on SDG 6 through the adoption of the National Action Plan for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), as well as the establishment of IWRM bodies at the sub-basin level, which began at the end of 2018. The National Action Plan will allow the creation, installation and support of IWRM bodies at the level of the first 3 sub basins, specifically Dallol Maouri (Dosso region), Goulbi'N Maradi (Maradi region) and Korama (Zinder region). The government of Niger further adopted the Water, Hygiene and Sanitation Sector Program (PROSEHA 2016-2030). The country stated that the general objective of this program is the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, and it responds to the commitment of Niger to implement the SDGs.  

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