WIN News - August 2018
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World Water Week is here! #WWWeek2018

Organized by WIN member SIWI, World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme Water, Ecosystems and Human Development. We look forward to seeing you in Stockholm! WIN is co-convening six sessions next week. Mark these in your calendar today:

Advancing Water Reforms through the Open Government Partnership (OGP)

Sunday 26 August, 11:00 – 12:30
NL Music Hall

There is a critical need for a Community of Practice around water and open government. With presenters from government and civil society in OGP participating countries where OGP water commitments are being made, we will share experiences in different phases of the National Action Plans (NAPs)-making process: co-creation, implementation, and completion of water commitments.
Convenors: Water Integrity Network, Stockholm International Water Institute, Open Government Partnership, World Resources Institute, Fundación Avina.

Integrity Management for Sustainable Water Services

Sunday 26 August, 14:00 – 15:30

NL 353

Irregular procurement processes, illegal connections, and collusion of officials are just some of the serious integrity challenges that water sector organizations face daily. These incidents can damage an organization's performance and reputation, and cause damage to water users. This session will cover Integrity Management (IM) Toolbox application to support water organisations around the globe.

Convenors: Water Integrity Network, Stockholm International Water Institute, cewas, Inter-American Development Bank.

From Sector Coordination to Effective National Accountability for SDG 6

Monday 27 August, 10:00 – 10:30
FH SIWI Sofa (opposite the Swiss Water Partnership Booth)

It is widely recognised that the SDGs are ambitious, and will require effective collaboration among all stakeholders. In this session, we will showcase ground-breaking global research on national accountability mechanisms on SDG 6 that provide targeted answers to governments, donors and civil society on consulting and involving the main stakeholders.

Convenors: Water Integrity Network, End Water Poverty, WaterAid, IRC, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, Simavi, Coalition Eau.

The Trillion-Dollar Question: Turning Safely Managed Finances into Sustainable Services

Wednesday 29 August, 16:00 – 17:30
FH Little Theatre

How effectively are governments spending water and sanitation budgets? Where are systems vulnerable? How do we manage the trade-offs between domestic and donor accountability? The session will investigate how actors from the water and (public) finance sectors understand the issues. Building on research, case studie,s and an interactive game for mapping corruption risks throughout the public finance cycle and water sector value chain, participants and experts will discuss challenges, good practices, and potential solutions.

Convenors: Water Integrity Network, GIZ, Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Societies Network, Sanitation and Water for All, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany, Collaborative Africa Budget.

Om (O&M) – the Mantra for Sustainable Water/Sanitation Services

Thursday 30 August, 14:00 – 15:30
FH Little Theatre

Operation and maintenance (O&M) is key to ensure water and sanitation services long-term sustainabiltiy. Successful investments and initiatives often fail if the O&M is not assured from the beginning. In this session, creative and holistic innovative approaches to assure sustainable O&M of water and sanitation services will be presented and discussed. Examples from different countries will show that SDG 6 is at the core of Agenda2030, and linking to SDG 2, 3, 4, 5, 11 and 16.

Convenors: Water Integrity Netwotk,  Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association, Caritas Switzerland, Viva con Agua, The German WASH Network, Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, Women Engage for a Common Future, cewas, Hamburg Wasser/CAH, URversity.

WIN Partners Meeting

25 August, 11:00 - 15:00, Stockholm (Sweden)

From Multi-stakeholder Dialogue to Action is the theme of this year's annual WIN Partners meeting. WIN Partners will deliberate over three main topics that were selected via survey, and extracted from the subthemes from WIN’s Lessons Learned report, published earlier this year. The meeting will combine sharing experiences with identifying opportunities for collaboration. The topics are:
 a) The role of civil society and the media in monitoring and review
b) Integrity assessments and context analysis 
c) Working with regulators
Brief presentations will kick off discussions on each topic, before we get down to discussing ways and plans for further collaboration under the theme Multistakeholder Dialogue to Action: Plans for cooperation.

For more information, email Tasneem Balasinorwala, Network and Communications Officer:
See WIN's full schedule

#WWWeek Partner Feature

Our latest Partner Feature shines the spotlight on several of our partners to know more about the work they are doing in the water sector, their review on the SDG6, and  what they would like to see coming out of the World Water Week and the near future.
Here is what End Water Poverty, Inter-American Development Bank, International Water Management Institute, Stockholm International Water Institute, Water Witness International and World Resources Institute have to say

New resources available!


Case studies: Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Participation in and through WRUAs

The capacity development programme, Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Participation in and through WRUAs, aimed at leveraging the potential of the Water Resource Users Associations in the Lake Naivasha Basin (Kenya) as reliable, transparent, and credible local water institutions. Find out more about the programme and the approach, key lessons, challenges, and solutions in these two new case studies. Produced in cooperation with CESPAD, WWF, LANABWRUA, Water Resources Authority, Imarisha Naivasha, and GIZ IWaSP.

Download these two new resources

Brief: Can Irrigation Management Transfer Stop the Chain of Rent-Seeking in the Water Sector?

What are the dynamics of rent-seeking practices in the Indonesian irrigation sector, and what can be learnt from community-based development initiatives, such as irrigation management transfer? This joint WIN-IWMI brief discusses the localized dynamics in rent-seeking practices in the Indonesian irrigation sector.

Download the brief

Hewlett Foundation Supports WIN

The Water Integrity Network is pleased to announce that the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation have approved a grant proposal, and will be funding our programme for activating citizens, government and utilities towards integrity in water management and services.

Read more

WIN at Adaptation Futures

Did you miss us at Adaptation Futures this year? Check out the report from our joint-session, Water Governance to Build Resilience that Benefits Vulnerable Populations.
Vacancy Announcements

Do you want to work towards increased integrity in the water sector? Join the WIN team!

WIN is currently looking for an Executive Director (deadline 26 August), and a Programme Coordinator Latin America and Knowledge Management (deadline 5 September).

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Upcoming Events

Water Integrity and Transparency: Principles and Concepts
1 October – 16 November, online

This online course offers participants an introduction to the main principles and concepts for a water integrity framework, as an essential condition to improve access to water and sanitation and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Applications open until 14 September.

Read more

7th Africa Water Week
29 October – 2 November, Liberville (Gabon)

Under the theme Toward Achieving Water Security and Safely Managed Sanitation for Africa the week will be held with the support of the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission and several partners.

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CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Common; 2. Sudipto Das, WIN photo competition 2012

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