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Water Integrity Update

August 2021

Dear Partners and water integrity friends,

We are living in difficult times. The COVID pandemic is wreaking havoc and the recently released IPCC Sixth Assessment Report warns that we must take immediate and extraordinary steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The poorest and most marginalised countries, communities, households and individuals are bearing, and will bear, the harshest burdens from COVID and the climate crisis. In cities worldwide, where the majority of the global population lives, the combined impacts of these crises and rapid growth are making it increasingly difficult to provide sustainable water and sanitation services, particularly to the urban poor. Change is needed. And change is possible.

The pandemic has revealed, once again, the high levels of corruption that beset the provision of services across the world. What is less obvious is the actions that are taken on a daily basis by those committed to rooting out corruption and to governing with integrity. The upcoming Water Integrity Global Outlook 2021 (WIGO2021): Urban water and sanitation celebrates the incredible work that is being done by these integrity champions around the world.

Join us to learn from them at the WIGO launch at Stockholm World Water Week on August 25 and meet the team and WIN partners at a series of sessions to discuss the practical way forward to strengthen climate adaptation work and service provision with integrity.

We look forward to exchanging ideas soon.
In this issue:
Vu Thi Thanh Thu - Integrity in urban water and sanitation - Winner - Best young artist - WIN photo competition 2020

Upcoming events

23-27 August 2021
Stockholm World Water Week Register for free to attend sessions at Stockholm World Week.

13-15 September 2021
42nd WEDC International Conference
Presentation – Integrity Toolbox for Small Water Supply Systems
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New online, self-paced integrity courses for water professionals:
Integridad en el sector de Agua y Saneamiento en América Latina
Ongoing till October 6, 2021
Course in Spanish for water sector practitioners interested in promoting or initiating integrity change processes in their institution.
  Available from September 1, 2021
Introductory course for water professionals on the impact of corruption on their work and the sector, with a focus on the potential of integrity initiatives to strengthen water governance and achieve SDGs.
The Sanitation and Water Integrity Research Lab (SWIRL)
Join a group of researchers exchanging ideas and opportunities to advance integrity research in water and sanitation. The new group is a way to increase visibility of research findings and get access to data from the water and sanitation sectors. Find out more or join the LinkedIn group here.

Using and promoting water integrity tools
A space to foster mutual learning on how to build momentum for integrity change management, on how to best facilitate integrity processes and improve integrity tools.
Find out more or join the LinkedIn group here.
For a specific workshop introducing integrity tools, contact us here.

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