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Water Integrity

Integrity is crucial for fulfilling the Human Right to Water and the Sustainable Development Goals. Far too often, a lack of integrity and corruption persist in the water sector. Water challenges, such as water insecurity and scarcity of freshwater, continue to exist as a result of poor governance of water, corruption and a lack of integrity.

Corruption in the water sector takes on different forms and can be found throughout the entire project cycle. Forms of corruption in the sector can range from extortion, fraud, embezzlement to acts of political manipulation and misinformation. Integrity risks can affect policy-making but also budgeting, procurement, construction as well as operation and maintenance of water projects and infrastructure.

Focusing on water integrity provides a strong counterforce to corruption in the water sector worldwide. Integrity risks can be tackled by building integrity walls which have four key pillars: Transparency, Accountability, Participation and Anti-corruption (TAPA). Focusing on TAPA is the responsibility of all stakeholders in the water sector, which includes civil society organisations, government, the private sector and the media.

This dossier contains videos, blog, examples to learn more about Water Integrity. You can also find more information about the topic on the website of the Water Integrity Network: www.waterintegritynetwork.net / www.waterintegritynetwork.net/wigo




  • Strengthening Water Integrity- Momentum after the East Africa Water Integrity Forum

    July 11, 2017: 1400 CETStrengthening Water Integrity:Momentum after the East Africa Water Integrity Forum  Date July 11th 2017 SpeakersRosemary Nakaggwa (Good Governance Adviser at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Uganda) (Download Presentation) Håkan Tropp (Director, Water Governance Facility in the Stockholm International Water Institute) (Download Presenta...

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  • East Africa Water Integrity Forum - May 9 - 11, 2017

    East Africa Water Integrity ForumMay 9 - 11, 2017Water integrity is a strong counterforce to corruption in the water sector worldwide. It refers to honest, transparent, accountable and inclusive decision-making by water stakeholders. Water Integrity is an essential ingredient of good governance, vital for achieving the water related SDGs.To stimulate higher levels of integrity in the water sector,...

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  • Water Governance

    Water GovernanceGood governance in the water sector helps prevent corruption. Governance systems determine who gets what water, when and in what way. Decision makers decide who has the right to water and to the related services and benefits. It is imperative that these ‘systems’ include: clearly defined, implemented and enforced laws and policies.We often see that ‘governing water’ coincid...

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  • Water and Finance

    Water and FinancePublic finance is a crucial risk area for corruption and mismanagement in the water sector, as large amounts of money are allocated and change hands. Water sector practitioners have a role to play in ensuring that financial rules are applied properly in the sector with sufficient due diligence and control. They also can contribute their expertise and voice to overarching reforms a...

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  • Water Utilities and Service Provision

    Water Utilities and Service ProvisionWater utilities are confronted with a variety of integrity risks in their daily operations such as illicit practices in bidding, tampering with water meters or inefficient revenue generation. Particularly where urban areas sprawl rapidly and unplanned, the utilities are faced with capacity challenges that are often met by illicit but inevitable water services.T...

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  • Blog: The Untimeliness of Budgets

    posted by Frank van SteenbergenNovember 20, 2014One of the largest causes of corruption and mismanagement is situated at the very heart of the financial systems. It is the untimeliness of budgets. Public budgets arrive late and have to be processed and spent in a very short period. Moreover, these short time-windows when things can be done in many countries often occur at awkward times in the year...

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