WIN News - July 2017
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Stronger enforcement needed to control pollution from the garment industry


A research case from Bangladesh

According to the latest UN World Water Development Report, over 80% of the world’s wastewater is released to the environment without treatment. Industrial wastewater discharge in particular is a major source of water pollution.
The water bodies around the city of Dhaka, a thriving hub for clothing manufacturing, are highly polluted. Control systems and a legal framework have therefore been established to require better wastewater treatment on manufacturing sites with Effluent Treatment Plants.
A new study by Transparency International Bangladesh and BAWIN provides a water integrity perspective on these mechanisms and their effectiveness.

2017: Special focus on integrity and wastewater management

Poor governance in wastewater management is contributing to an environmental, sanitary, and social crisis. This year, which UN-Water dedicated to the theme 'Why Wastewater', WIN and partners put integrity lenses on the subject.

We've seen striking images that illustrate the need for action in our 2017 photo competition on wastewater. We've learned about the limits of regulation but also seen how citizen monitoring and participatory project planning can contribute to making wastewater management more effective and transparent.

We'll be presenting the conclusions of our investigation into integrity risks and wastewater management at the Stockholm World Water Week. Join us Thursday, August 31 at 2 pm at the #wwweek seminar: Governance of water and waste: a key to sustainable development? 

We are happy to collaborate with more partners for this special focus. Should you wish to contribute a blog post or information on good practices for integrity in wastewater management, let's chat! Contact us at

Water integrity updates

Tackling institutionalized water sector corruption

A new IWMI policy brief on lessons learned from the Indonesian irrigation sector.


The Good Governance Working Group in Uganda

Our water integrity partners in Uganda explain how they monitor transparency and good governance in WASH.

Bridging science and policy, also a question of integrity?
We presented work we are carrying out with the Nature Conservancy on promoting integrity in Latin American water funds at the World Water Congress in Cancun in June. Read our impressions of the event and how we see integrity as the next big thing to innovate in the water sector (guest post).

Stopping impunity in Benin will require stronger enforcement, better accountability mechanisms
At our latest AWIS workshops in Benin and at the recent high-level forum on good governance in Grand Popo, we saw accountability stand out as priority focus area for future integrity promotion work in Benin. Here are the latest insights on integrity in Benin from a visit in June. 

Forum on Transparency and Accountability in municipal water management in Guatemala
We were honoured to support our partners at the forum on Transparency and Accountability for municipal water management in San Marcos, Guatemala, last week. WIN and HELVETAS are working together in the region to support water integrity capacity development of local authorities and duty bearers.

Latest videos

See more water integrity videos on the Water Channel

Upcoming Events

Stockholm World Water Week
27 August - 1 September 2017, Stockholm (Sweden)
Here is the overview of water integrity and water governance related events at this year's #wwweek dedicated to wastewater. We look forward to seeing you there.

WIN partner meeting at Stockholm World Water Week
26 August, 3 to 6 pm, Stockholm (Sweden)
Annual gathering of water integrity practitioners to discuss joint action and the way forward under the new WIN strategy. To find out more or participate, contact us at

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Integrity Management to support community-managed water supply systems
September in Berlin (exact date to be confirmed)
An introduction to how the Integrity Management approach can be adapted to support community water management, with insight on how the tool is currently being used by Caritas Switzerland in rural Kenya. To find out more or participate, contact us at
Photo credits
1. © Sony Ramany, WIN photo competition 2017 ; 2. © Diana Suhardiman ; 3. © Duncan Purvey/IStock
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