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Water Integrity: A Job for the Brave

A Stockholm Water Front article. By Sanna Gustafsson, SIWI

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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.

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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…

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”

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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

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

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Médias et société civile aguerris pour la promotion de l’intégrité dans le secteur AEPHA au Bénin

Les auteurs de ce blog sont Armand HOUANYE du PNE Benin, Charlemagne LOKOUSSO et Felix ADEHINKA; partenaires du Rèseau d’Intégrité de l’Eau au Bénin 

Les 28 et 29 Décembre 2012, l’hôtel Bel Azur de Grand-Popo au Bénin a servi de cadre à la formation d’une trentaine d’hommes de presse et d’organisations de la société civile béninoise sur la promotion de l’intégrité pour l’effectivité du droit à l’eau et à l’assainissement au Bénin. L’encadrement méthodologique et l’animation de cette session de formation ont été assurés par Charlemagne Lokossou[1];  Félix Adégnika[2]; et Armand K. Houanyè[3]. Messieurs Adégnika et Houanyè sont tous deux membres du Réseau des facilitateurs de WIN en Afrique de l’Ouest.

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Increasing capacities for water integrity in East Africa

Jacob Baraza is a coordinator at Transparency International Kenya (TI Kenya) where he has worked, among other things, with the Transparency and Integrity in Service Delivery in Africa (TISDA) with a focus on water services.

The training of trainers (ToT), part of the Regional Water Integrity Capacity Building programme in sub-Saharan Africa by the UNDP Water Governance Facility (WGF) at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the Water Integrity Network (WIN) and Cap-Net, was held in Nairobi Kenya between 18th and 22nd of June, 2012. This training was a result of the need to develop capacities on water integrity and to create a pool of trainers able to continue this capacity building. This need has also been highlighted in the Global Corruption Report 2008 on the water sector, and expressed in the 2009 Water Integrity Network (WIN) surveys.

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What can journalists do to fight corruption in the water sector?

Written by Alexandra Malmqvist, Communications Coordinator at WIN. This post was also featured as a news item on the Transparency International website.

Corruption in the water sector can mean that money intended to improve water infrastructure and increase people’s access to clean water is misused. When money gets diverted people have to continue to rely on insecure and polluted water sources for hygiene, drinking and food preparation purposes. Corruption and lack of accountability can also mean that the powerful farmers and businesses divert the much needed water from small scale farmers who especially in dry season rely on irrigation from the rivers to grow the crops and make a living.

Participants at the training on water integrity for journalists in East Africa

These types of corrupt practices, as well as many others, particularly affect marginalised groups. But they are often not reported on. Moreover, water users affected by corruption often do not know where or how to access information, what their rights are and how to solve these difficult situations. They may also not know how to tell the story of corruption in water in a compelling way to get the attention of the public. Read More…