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Using the Integrity Management toolbox to support SMEs in the Zambian water sector

By Marta Rychlewski, Research Officer, Water Integrity Network

”The Integrity Management Toolbox workshop has opened my mind to the mistakes related to low integrity we commit in our company”, said one of the participants of a workshop on integrity management in the water sector for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), organized in Lusaka, Zambia in early July.

The workshop, facilitated by WIN, CEWAS (International Centre for Water Management Services) and the Water and Sanitation Association of Zambia (WASAZA), aimed to make SME managers more aware of how they can make their business benefit from implementing integrity measures.

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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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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

La gestión comunitaria del agua y el saneamiento en América Latina y el Caribe

Rolando Marín es el Presidente de la Confederación Latinoamericana de Organizaciones Comunitarias. de Servicios de Agua y Saneamiento (CLOCSAS) y Presidente, Comité Directivo de COFORSA, Comisión para el Fortalecimiento del Sector Acueductos Comunales (Costa Rica). La CLOCSAS organiza un seminario sobre el fortalecimiento de la gestión comunitaria del agua a la Semana Mundial del Agua de Estocolmo el día 4 septiembre a las 9:00.

En América Latina y el Caribe (LAC), aún hoy existen 35 millones de personas sin acceso a agua de calidad y 107 millones adolecen de servicios de saneamiento. Esto es paradójico cuando conocemos que nuestro continente es el que cuenta con mayor disponibilidad de agua por habitante en el planeta. Por tanto, el mayor problema de los servicios de agua en LAC no es tanto la escases del recurso, sino más bien un problema de gestión que involucra debilidades institucionales, falta de integridad y de buena gobernanza, malas prácticas e inequidad en cuanto al acceso a recursos y conocimientos.

Frente a esta situación, la respuesta muchas veces ha venido de las mismas comunidades, en la forma de Organizaciones Comunitarias de Servicios de Agua y Saneamiento (OCSAS)[1], de las cuales existen más de 80.000 en toda la región, brindando sus servicios a más de 70 millones de latinoamericanos. En los países de la región, estas OCSAS atienden ya desde un 8% hasta un 40% de la población total, siendo entidades vitales para la salud, el desarrollo y la calidad de vida en nuestras comunidades. Si se les fortalece apropiadamente, las OCSAS tienen la capacidad contribuir a cerrar la brecha de acceso al agua en LAC, atendiendo a 18 millones de personas más, sobre todo en el ámbito rural.

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Conocimiento y dialogo para el fomento de la integridad en el sector agua – el curso en línea WIN-Escuela Virtual del PNUD

Este post fue escrito por dos blogueros invitados. Joaquín Romero es docente del curso en integridad organizado por WIN y PNUD. Con maestría y Doctorado en áreas de desarrollo social y organizacional, trabajó como asesor de Transparencia por Colombia. Carolina Benítez es graduada en Administración de Empresas con profundos intereses en Metodologías que aseguren el cumplimiento de un Estado Social de Derecho.

En retrospectiva la experiencia del primer curso virtual sobre integridad en el sector agua puede considerarse en dos dimensiones: Por un lado la experiencia del instructor y por el otro lo que se puede derivar del resultado de las interacciones con los participantes.

En cuanto a la primera dimensión, se dieron aprendizajes graduales en el tiempo interrumpidos por momentos de alta controversia intelectual. La comprensión gradual de los fenómenos asociados a la adecuada provisión del agua como derecho fundamental se vio interrumpido por discusiones que llevaron a retar diversos marcos institucionales basados en diferentes esquemas de valor ¿Es posible vender el agua estando dispuestos a no proveerla a aquellos seres que no tienen la capacidad de pagarla? Si las condiciones de pobreza e indigencia que impiden el pago del agua son de carácter estructural, ¿quiénes deberían correr con los costos de proveer el agua al considerarla como otra mercancía?

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