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Western Africa / Mauritania


Sanitation Verdict 11/20
Water Verdict 0/20
WASH % of gov. budget N/A
Key Facts
HDI Position (UNDP) 155/187
Population (millions, World Bank) 3.54
Child mortality rate (UNICEF) 6/1000
Annual child diarrhoea deaths (UNICEF) 1,460

The majority of data on this country page was provided by Traffic Lights Publication 2011 from UNICEF/WaterAid/WSP

Sanitation Policy

(Monitoring the eThekwini declaration)

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= No progress
= Don't know
Category Criteria Rating Justification
Verdict (out of 20) 11
Policy Did they sign eThekwini? 2
Is there a national sanitation policy? 0

2013 trafficlight score: 0.3/1 Previous assessment: (1)Une politique et stratégie nationale en assainissement est en cours de finalisation

Is there one national sanitation plan to meet the MDG target? 1

2013 trafficlight score: 0.5/1 Previous assessment: (1)Un plan national ctassainissement est en cours de finalisation (avec la politique Nationale)

Institutions What profile is given to sanitation within the PRSP? 1

2013 trafficlight score: 0.59/1 Previous assessment: (1)

Is there a principal accountable institution to take leadership? 2

2013 trafficlight score: 0.71/1 Previous assessment: (1)L'institution existe mais ies moyens manquent (Ressources humaines et financières)

Is there one coordinating body involving all stakeholders? 2

2013 trafficlight score: 0.77/1 Previous assessment: (1)Mise en place d'un cadre de concertation (Gouvernement, PTF et Societe Civile) autour du secteur eau potable et d'assainissement (REPAM)

Finance Is there a specific public sector budget line for sanitation? 2

2013 trafficlight score: 1/1 Previous assessment: (2)La création d'un département dédié exciusivement à l'eau et assainissement a permis son insertion, mais encore insuffisant.

Is 0.5% of GDP allocated to sanitation? 0

2013 trafficlight score: red Previous assessment: (0)La subvention de |’Etat au sous-secter assainissement est estimée inférieure à 0.1% du PIB

Is there a sanitation monitoring and evaluation (M+E) system? 1

2013 trafficlight score: 0.5/1 Previous assessment: (1)La note a été sous évaluée en 2009, il existait déjà une direction charge de suivi et évaluation

Monitoring Do institutional sanitation programs include gender aspects? 0

2013 trafficlight score: 0.25/1 Previous assessment: (2)Un programme de latrinisation {Projet AEPA en cours d'exécution} prend en compte la séparation des installations sanitaires pour les hommes et femmes {garçons et fiiies). Cet aspect sera renforce dans te cadre de la PNA

Verdict (out of 20) 11

WASH Finance

Gov. WASH Budget (local currency, millions)

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Gov. WASH Budget as % of total budget

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Financial indicators 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Gov. WASH Budget as % of total budget N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gov. WASH budget as % of GDP N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gov. WASH budget (current $US, millions) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gov. WASH Budget (local currency, millions) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gov. budget for sanitation only (local currency, millions) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total Gov. budget (local currency, millions) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
GDP (current $US, millions, IMF) 3,030 3,610 4,080 4,080 4,080
Average $US exchange rate for that year ( 262 276 281 281 281
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Mauritania: Access To WASH in 2011 (JMP 2013)

Water Sanitation
50% 27%

There are a number of ways to measure the proportion of people that have access to sanitation and water in a country. Governments often use a combination of management information systems and household surveys.

The official data which the UN uses to monitor progress on the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) comes from the WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). JMP aggregates data from household surveys carried out by governments. shows JMP data because it is comparable across countries and uses the MDG definitions of access to sanitation and water. Some Governments prefer to quote the latest data from their household surveys, the best source of this information is the national statistics bureau or equivalent.

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