The New International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Services (New IBNet) is currently being designed to become an independent global information system and partnership. New IBNet will invite utilities and other service providers, regulators and researchers, to systematically share data on service delivery performance and on management practices. Based on such data, New IBNet will offer analyses and other data-based services that will allow IBNET members – water and sanitation service providers, regulators, and others – to take informed decision, including on management action and on investments, and thus to improve their performance.
The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation (IBNET) was set up by the World Bank in 1994 to encourage water and sanitation service providers to improve their performance by establishing a database that would offer, amongst other things, a functional benchmarking tool in multiple languages, utility-specific reports, and a tariff database toolkit.
In the past two decades, IBNET has been recognized for its achievements in:
The IBNET website provides also other resources such as a regularly updated tariff database, benchmarking methodologies, and regional platforms based on IBNET (Voice of the Danube and the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association Benchmarking)
Since its inception, IBNET has collected data from over 5,000 water and sanitation service providers from over 150 countries across the world, representing around a third of the world’s total number of water and sanitation service providers.