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Corruption in the water sector – a perspective from Sierra Leone

Mustapha Sesay is a member of the WASH journalists network and a West Africa Water Integrity Ambassador. He is one of the participants of the regional Water Integrity Training that was organised in Cap Verde in December 2013.

The high rate of corruption in the Water Sector continues to have devastating effects on the lives of the deprived and marginalized communities in developing countries to the point that many die from either contamination or water related diseases.

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20 Years of Neglected Water Facilities in Taiama, Moyamba District

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Call for Applications for the Swiss Environment Award 2014

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Each year, the Swiss Environment Foundation grants the Swiss Environment Award to individuals, companies or organisations, that contribute outstandingly to the protection and the conservation of nature and the environment.

In 2014, this prestigious award – endowed with CHF 30’000 CHF – will have a special focus on the reduction of global water consumption.

Within this framework, young people from all over Europe (especially Germany, Norway and Switzerland) are invited to develop and submit innovative ideas on how to reduce water consumption.

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Plans, money and flaws in the system

This blog entry was written by Janek Hermann-Friede, Monitoring, Programme Planning, Focal Point East Africa Coordinator at WIN.

Picture a parliamentarian, representatives of the ministry responsible for water, a consultant that developed an anti-corruption strategy for the water sector, experts from national and international NGOs, different donor representatives and a number of other stakeholders at the rear end of a long conference room. They all gathered to discuss integrity risks in water sector planning and budgeting. At the other end of the same room imagine a group of officials from provincial government in a lively discussion on the same topic. Now leave this room and picture a round table just outside the conference room, with a group of officials and technical water professionals from the district level. And guess what, they are engaged in the same discussion. This was the setup that absorbed participants during an afternoon session of a three day workshop on water integrity that was jointly organised by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, IRC, WaterLex and WIN, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The Director of Water of the Ministry of Planning and Housing opened the workshop and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, Catarina Albuquerque, contributed a video message on the link between water integrity and the human rights that can be accessed here.

Analysing the complexity of water sector planning, budgeting and monitoring in the Mozambique water sector

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Integrity and the next generation

This blog entry was written by Janek Hermann-Friede, Monitoring, Programme Planning, Focal Point East Africa Coordinator at WIN.

UNESCO-IHE organised a week long introduction into the topic water integrity for its new batch of Msc students in October 2013. This course was organised in follow-up to the Water Integrity Forum that took place in June 2013. The whole week was put into the context of the Delft statement on water integrity. General concepts of integrity and good water governance were introduced to a group of approximately 150 young and mid-career water professionals. Among different presentations, an analysis of integrity issues in water resources management in the Netherlands was discussed to showcase that the topic was relevant globally and not only in developing countries. Read More…

The SACOSAN Advocacy for Integrity in Sanitation

This blog entry was written by Binayak Das. Binayak  is the research & knowledge coordinator at WIN and is also the focal point for South Asia. He has many years of experience working in the water and development sector.

The South Asian Conference on Sanitation, popularly known as SACOSAN is a bi-annual powerful intergovernmental platform/conference trying to improve sanitation services in South Asia. The platform covers numerous issues related to sanitation governance, management and technology. Progress are highlighted, new products are proudly displayed, there is an array of exhibition halls, plenary sessions and intense discussions, and resolutions to improve the toilet plight of South Asia’s 1.5 billion people of which more than 60 % don’t have adequate sanitation access. Topics covered in SACOSAN range from SMART implementation ideas to the demand for more investment to the need for behavioral changes to the usage of dry and eco toilets. All these elements are definitely required and go a long way to improve sanitation services. And progress has been made, efforts are multiplied and results can be seen, but the scale of the problem requires catching other dimensions by the horn apart from those addressed now.

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Impressions from the Budapest Water Summit: Does the water sector send the right message and do we move to integrity as a key factor for sustainability?

This entry was written by Teun Bastemeijer. Teun Bastemeijer is currently Director of the Water Integrity Network at TI. He has many years of international experience in the water and urban development sectors.

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A first impression that I share with those who were there is that, especially with the exceptionally nice weather, Budapest was really worth the visit especially with friendly people  in the streets who  were very kind in helping me out when lost (with my renowned poor sense of orientation in all cities) to even get to the conference venue . The majestic views of the Danube river made up for fatigue after long, and sometimes not so exciting sessions during the conference.  But that’s why I was there and I followed the maximum without hopping too much from one session to the other. Read More…

The Budapest Water Summit and the post 2015 process

This entry was written by Teun Bastemeijer. Teun Bastemeijer is currently Director of the Water Integrity Network at TI. He has many years of international experience in the water and urban development sectors. 

Sustainable development goals discussions are good and propose clear solutions, but they are also confusing. Maybe because there are too many of them and they are in competition with each other.

During the Water Integrity Forum  in June and the Stockholm World Water Week in September, there were many sessions and informal discussions about the post 2015 agenda, the current millennium goals and the post 2015 agenda seems to focus on the formulation of new objectives and targets with a greater concern for sustainability of achievements rather than the agenda itself.

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La Promotion de l’intégrité dans le secteur de l’eau au cœur d’un atelier de formation des acteurs du Benin, de la Côte d’Ivoire et du Togo

Ce blog a été écrit par Francoise Nicole Ndoume, Coordinatrice de Programme au Réseau d’intégrité de l’eau. Elle s’occupe particulièrement des programmes en Afrique francophones et des programmes de dévelopement de capacités.

Sur l’initiative de WIN et ses partenaires, le Centre de Coordination des Ressources en Eau de la CEDEAO – CCRE -, le Global Water Partnership Afrique de l’Ouest et SIWI/Stockholm – L’institut International de l’Eau de Stockholm , 37 acteurs du secteur de l’Eau du Benin, de la Côte d’Ivoire et du Togo se sont penchés du 16 au 23 Septembre 2013 sur les questions relatives à la promotion de l’intégrité dans le secteur de l’eau.

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Photo de groupe – “La rencontre d’Abidjan était une plate-forme d’échanges où les experts du secteur ont partagé leurs expériences”

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Recruiting new ‘water warriors’ at the Youth Future Conference

Christoph Kowalewski, 30, is currently working in the Governance, Risk & Compliance-department of an international consulting company in Munich/ Germany. He supported the United Nations Development Programme as virtual professor by lecturing on “Increasing Transparency, Accountability and Participation in the Water Sector” this year. Moreover, he has been a member of the German chapter of Transparency International since 2008.

During the first week of September, while many water integrity experts were in Stockholm, I was in Bonn providing a workshop on corruption in the water sector at the third Youth Future Conference. This European conference was organised by a German group of students from the Youth Future Project e.V. inviting about 120 young people from all over Europe, more than 20 experts in the field of sustainability, 20 junior scientists as well as nine laureates of the Right Livelihood Award (“Alternative Nobel Prize”) and the German Environment Prize – and I had the honor and pleasure to be among those people.

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Link: UNDP regional Central and Latin America – local governance and decentralisation

In their newsletter of August 2013, the UNDP regional centre for Central and Latin America focuses on the topic of water integrity. They discuss why support transparency, integrity and accountability in the water sector.There is also an article about the first Water Integrity Forum, which took place in Delft in June 2013, and another one about a regional workshop which saw members of the Latin American Network for Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management (LA-WET Net), the International Network for Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management (CAPNet-PNUD), the Water Integrity Network (WIN), a number of experts from different national Civil Society Organizations and UNDP professionals from Country Offices in Colombia and the UNDP Regional Centre of Panama participate in. The regional workshop was called  ‘’Water Integrity in Latin America: Regional Planning Mapping and Capacity Development’’, and took place in Bogota City, Colombia in May 2013.

You will find the newsletter here: UNDP Newsletter 26 PDF