In 2008 the UNDP Water Governance Facility (WGF) at SIWI together with Cap-Net and WaterNet mapped regional and national policies, institutions, laws and regulations, as well as projects active in promoting transparency, accountability and integrity in the water sector in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. One of the key recommendations was the need for capacity building of staff at regional, national and local level, including various river basin organizations, as well as government and municipal entities.
Sub-Saharan Africa Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme
- To raise political support for water integrity on the political and water policy agenda at national, regional levels in sub-Saharan Africa
- To improve the capacity within water sector institutions and among water to elaborate, refine and apply water integrity measures that prevents opportunities for corruption to arise in their operations.
- To expand the global knowledge base on water integrity and to stimulate dialogue and learning on how corruption can be addressed in the water sector at a regional and national level.
- To strengthen local multi-stakeholders platforms in the beneficiaries’ countries.
Corruption and other unethical practices present in the water sector are embedded into an accepted and working relationship between stakeholders. The subject is largely taboo because the practices are illegal.
Going against the system requires both strategic thinking and an enormous amount of persistence. Enhancing integrity requires continuous efforts, discussion and commitment. As several of our partners have highlighted powerfully in their statements, we urgently need to stop leakages in the flow of investment into the water sector. In the current funding crisis, it is imperative that we do everything possible to safeguard the water resources, and thereby the futures, of the most vulnerable.
Reducing corruption and other unethical practices, greatly contributes to ethical socio-economic development and poverty reduction. Fighting corruption helps to build trustworthy public actors and an institutional environment that attracts investments. It also encourages individual and collective behavior in-line with the values and principles accepted by the community.
Address the system as a whole and avoid witch-hunting. Start by understanding the dynamics that allows corruption. Raise awareness around the impacts that corruption has on daily life with respect to water. Empower skilled water integrity ambassadors and actors with methodologies and tools to identify and reduce integrity risks.
After building the capacity of the individual, it is necessary to build the capacity of institutions in a defined institutional environment – both state actors and CSO. This is done through training and mentorship during implementation of integrity action plans