Written by Andrea van der Kerk – Andrea van der Kerk works as an independent consultant on projects related to water governance and communications for international organisations such as the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and the Water Governance Centre.
What is water integrity? Why is it important? How can it be promoted? These were some of the key questions addressed in the Training of Trainers (ToT) course on water integrity, organised by GIZ in May 2012. Experts from GIZ, UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI (WGF), IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre and the Water Integrity Network (WIN) instructed a group of 21 experienced trainers from the Middle East and Africa to familiarise them with the topic of water integrity and the “Training Manual on Water Integrity”, a tool developed by WGF, Cap-Net, WaterNet and WIN. Apart from learning more about water integrity, I participated in the training to see how this concept can be integrated into (existing) water governance programmes and projects.