Archive | Capacity development RSS for this section

Water Integrity: A Job for the Brave

A Stockholm Water Front article. By Sanna Gustafsson, SIWI

Copyright - Ricardo Spencer

Lack of integrity in water management has a huge cost for society, in lost lives and stalled development. Still, where corruption is entrenched, promoting fair practices can be met with strong resistance. Stockholm Water Front met two people with first-hand experience during the first African Water Integrity Summit in Lusaka. They shared their experiences of what it takes to address institutionally entrenched corruption.

Read the full article – download the latest Stockholm Water Front publication.

Find out more about the 1st African Water Integrity Summit and the case studies presented at the event.

Water, Transparency and Extractive Industries: The Case of Togo

An overview of recent initiatives for water integrity, in Togo, by Helene Ramos dos Santos  (Human Rights and Development Consultant, Geneva/Lomé)*

In Togo, water extracted for drinking water is accounted for under the EITI

On October 19, 2010, Togo was recognized as a candidate country for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The EITI is “a global coalition of governments, companies and civil society working together to improve openness and accountable management of revenues from natural resources” by encouraging:

  1. disclosure of taxes paid by companies operating in the mining sector, on the one hand,
  2. disclosure by governments of revenues received from those companies, on the other hand.

The objective is to ensure good natural resources management in order to stop the “resource curse” observed in many countries, which, despite their natural wealth, remain among the poorest in the world. The EITI, initiated in 2003, has so far shed light on major losses in the extraction of precious mineral and gas products in 35 countries.

Togo has been the first, and is still the only, EITI country counting water among its natural resources to be monitored through the EITI. Accordingly, companies that extract groundwater for the production of mineral waters must disclose royalties they pay.

Read More…

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…

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.

"la rencontre d’Abidjan était une plate-forme  d’échanges où les experts du secteur ont partagé leurs expériences"

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

Read More…

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.

Website_Banner_YFC_13

Read More…

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

Formation de renforcement des capacités des acteurs du Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger sur l’Intégrité de l’Eau.

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.

Du 24 au 28 juin 2013, le Réseau de l’Intégrité de l’Eau (WIN), le Centre de Coordination des Ressources en Eau de la CEDEAO (CCRE), le Global Water Partnership  Afrique de l’Ouest (GWP/AO)  et l’Union pour la Conservation de la Nature (IUCN) ont réuni à Ouagadougou une trentaine de participants  venus du Niger, Mali et Burkina Faso  et issus des secteurs privé et public, de la société civile, des medias ainsi que les représentants de l’Autorité du Bassin du Niger et de la Coordination Régionale des usagers du Bassin du Niger. Durant 5 jours, les participants se sont penchés sur les questions liées à  la gouvernance de l’eau en l’occurrence la corruption dans le secteur de l’eau, l’identification des risques de corruption, sur la question des lois et des institutions de lutte contre la corruption, sur la transparence et l’accès à l’information, la redevabilité, et l’intégrité dans la gestion intégrée des ressources en eau.

Renforcement des capacités des acteurs du Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger sur l’Intégrité de l’Eau

Renforcement des capacités des acteurs du Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger sur l’Intégrité de l’Eau

Read More…