WIN News - March 2020
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Announcing our photo competition winners!

Integrity and urban water and sanitation

Congratulations to Mohammed Shajahan for this winning photo of a water vendor in Chittagong, Bangladesh! Thank you to all participants!

We received many stunning images for this year's competition. Many of these show the impact of poor integrity and show how vulnerable we are - especially in dense urban areas and informal settlements - to runaway pollution, and climate change, and also to hygiene crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than ever in times like these, we water sector actors must act with integrity and make sure we steadfastly push towards realizing the human rights to water and sanitation. Starting today:
  1. Be transparent, share reliable, consistent information.
  2. Act sustainably and with accountability. Emergency action can’t be an excuse for poorly planned or problematic practices that violate people’s basic rights.
  3. Leave no one behind, set inclusive targets.
In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we want to reach out and assure our network partners of our commitment and support. Working to promote safe WASH and pushing for the realization of human rights to water with integrity is crucial work today and we are proud to be working by your side. We can't let corruption in the water sector exacerbate the issue even more or derail recovery efforts.

The pandemic will surely change many plans. We're already working with our country partners to map out priorities and move forward in the most effective and safe way.

We're here to reevaluate and adapt plans together. The WIN team in Berlin is working from home since mid-March. We already had the systems in place to ensure seamless remote work. We're there for you, and ... still hiring!


Money Down the Drain: Corruption in South Africa’s Water Sector

The new report by WIN and Corruption Watch, examines the extent, drivers, and impact of systemic corruption in the water and sanitation sector in South Africa.

The South African water sector is an interesting and important example to learn from. Where it was still recently lauded for high performance, it is now facing investigations into the misuse of billions of Rands and severe water security issues. Particularly relevant today, the report also pays attention to how emergency provisions can be abused for profit, derailing efforts to ensure human rights to water and sanitation.

The new report shows that with courage and stamina, and even in such a climate of systemic corruption, there are things that can be done to stem corruption, particularly if the media and civil society get involved.



Contribute to the Water and Open Government Declaration

The Water and Open Government Declaration is an international call for governments and civil society to commit to ambitious action that improves transparency, engagement and accountability in decision-making about water and sanitation. The Community of Practice on Water and Open Government is developing this declaration in a multi-stakeholder consultation. We're seeking input via a survey and would be happy to hear your views.

Spanish survey link   -   English survey link

This OGP fact sheet about water at the Open Government Partnership and current commitments for the sector is the place to start for background information.

Submit your story to the Water ChangeMaker Awards

We're partnering with GWP to launch the Water ChangeMaker Awards and make visible the teams and organizations who shape water decisions that build climate resilience. In times like these we are eager to learn from success stories in water governance. The awards are designed to share and amplify the work of the most inspiring #WaterChangeMakers. We're encouraging our partners to submit their story around building integrity in water decisions; one of the themes of the initiative.

Submissions open April 6, 2020. See more at


Wednesday, April 1st, 11 am CEST
WEBINAR: Water and Open Government - the Cases of Armenia and Ghana
What are open government action plans and how can they be used to accelerate reforms towards meeting SD6 for water?
A free webinar organized by the Water and Open Government Community of Practice with SIWI, the World Resources Institute, Fundacion Avina, and the Open Government Partnership.
Find out more and register.

WEBINAR: Demystifying Water Integrity: From Policy to Practice Using the Water Integrity Management Toolbox for Water Utilities
Couldn't make it to our webinar on demystifying integrity? We've got you covered. Here's a summary of the integrity management event and the full video recording.
Find out how utilities can practically tackle day to day corruption challenges and what it takes to launch an integrity management process.

Bonus: here's the teaser on how the Integrity Managemenet Toolbox works:
Photo credit:
Mohammed Shajahan - winner - WIN photo competition 2020

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