WIN News - January 2020
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What's in store for water integrity in 2020?

From leaving no one behind to challenges and opportunities for civil society engagement, here's our take on the most striking cases and the biggest integrity developments to note from 2019.

There’s been no shortage of cases of corruption and mismanagement in the water sector to illustrate the devastating impact poor integrity can have. To address the challenges in 2020, we'll focus on campaigns for better disclosure, more accountability in water sector and climate finance, and the development of resources (and an index!) to better assess integrity risks in urban water and sanitation.

We are ready for action and look forward to working with network partners in 2020 to promote integrity worldwide.  Thank you for your support and contributions!
EDITORIAL: The global impact of water corruption and what's next in 2020

Photo Competition 2020: Integrity in Urban Water and Sanitation

Send your photos by February 16 for a chance to win a 700 euro cash prize!
WIN PHOTO COMPETITION: Take part and share your vision


Climate is water. We cannot avert disaster without integrity.

Water scarcity and water related disasters are increasingly seen as connected to the climate crisis. We have to get our act together in 2020 to ensure resilience in the water sector and still leave no one behind. We have the opportunity to build on the publication of the World Water and Development report on Climate in March and build up to COP26 in Glasgow. We can't let our efforts be derailed by corruption, mismanagement, and poor governance in the sector. The stakes are too high.

We must:
Members of our network are working toward these objectives. Some are supporting citizen monitoring of climate adaptation infrastructure and holding governments accountable. Some are working with journalists to strengthen oversight on climate action. Some are strengthening internal controls and improving accounting to ensure that climate finance is tracked transparently and that fraud and abuse are sanctioned non-equivocally.

What are you working on to improve integrity in the water sector for climate adaptation? Share your story! We would love to learn from you!


How does corruption play out concretely in the water sector and what can we do about it?

Every year, at least 75 billion dollars of investment vanishes from the water sector. What does that actually mean?

At the Stockholm World Water Week 2019 we asked participants to share their experiences of corruption and what they did about it. Here are their responses (videos - links will open in youtube).
Video: Experience of corruption in water and sanitation
Video: How do you deal with corruption in water and sanitation?


Meet the team and WIN partners:

February 10-11, Brasilia, Brazil

Strengthening the water sector through Open Government Partnerships

Bringing together officials from the water sector and the Open Government Partnership from 5 Latin American countries, to work on promoting integrity reforms in the water sector. Coordinated by the community of Practice for Water and Open Government in collaboration with the Brazilian Comptroller General of the Union (CGU) and the National Water Agency.
Contact us to take part in the workshop or hear more about these opportunities.
February 18-19, Dhaka, Bangladesh

International Conference on Sustainable Development

End of February - date to be confirmed

Webinar: Demystifying Water Integrity – from Policy to Practice using the Integrity Management Toolbox

An opportunity for utility managers and people who work with them to dive into the Integrity Management Toolbox, a tool to identify, prioritize, and manage integrity risks in a water utility.
Contact us to stay updated on this event or register          
March 25-26, Paris, France

OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum: Public, private and beyond


“I do not want to tell you what we endured, what we had to go through to get that water”

Sextortion is a form of corruption in which sex, rather than money, is the currency of the bribe. This guest post by Sareen Malik, Coordinator of the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW), explains the issue and urges us to take note and listen!

Supporting community water management in Chiapas, Mexico

In an interview with Margarita Gutiérrez Vizcaino of Cántaro Azul, we learn about the work of this organization to ensure water governance is on the agenda in Mexico. Cantaro Azul is introducing an integrity management toolbox to support community groups in improving service delivery by tackling root causes of issues related to integrity.

Making school WASH work for and with students in Bangladesh

Using an integrity lens to assess and manage WASH issues in schools in southern Bangladesh has been an innovative way to raise awareness and target action to improve the dire state of school toilets. Building student committees to support the work is a big element of success, shows Dr. Tareq Alam from the Development Organisation for the Rural Poor (DORP) in this guest post.

Making information on the use of water resources in Chile open and transparent

On Chile's commitments to disclose more water resource management information as part of its OGP Action Plan and how to keep improving. A guest post by Ivonne Roa Fuentes, Head of the Water Resources Information Centre at the Chilean Ministry of Public Works, developed in partnership with the water and open government community of practice.
Photo credits: 1. Sandipan Muhkerjee (WIN photo competition 2019)
2. WIN photo competition entries 2011, 2016 and 2017:
Wallace Mawire, Ashok Nath Dey, Marco Simola, Abdus Salam

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