National drinking water targets – trends and factors associated with target-setting

National drinking water targets are set to provide measureable time-bound outputs and hold government officials accountable to commitments made. However, the rationale countries use for setting national targets is not always explicit and the factors that influence target-setting are not known. We collated national target data from 1980 to 2013 and examined factors related to target-setting. We found that level of coverage likely determines the national target of a country, with ambitious targets leading to greater progress in increasing coverage as long as the national target does not require countries to more than triple their current rate of increase. Our results suggest countries should aim to have national targets that challenge them to exceed their current level of performance, yet not be overly-ambitious.

National drinking water targets – trends and factors associated with target-setting. Jeanne Luh, Edema Ojomo, Barbara Evans, and Jamie Bartram. 2017. Water Policy, . doi:10.2166/wp.2017.10.