Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme in MENA

SIWI is implementing a regional Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme for the Middle East and North Africa region in collaboration with regional and local partners from 2014 to 2017. The programme is funded by Sida and builds on extensive experience gained from similar capacity building programmes in other regions. 


Develop capacities of the different water stakeholder groups at different governance levels in the MENA region thereby improving transparency and accountability practices in water resources management

Water scarcity in the MENA region is not only a result of physical water shortage, but is also linked to lack of good governance structures, high water demand, and low levels of trust between different parties sharing the same water resource. Poor resource management, insufficient capacity, lack of institutional integrity, bureaucratic inertia and a shortage of new investments further undermines effective governance of water and lead to conflicts at the local, national and regional level. Although most of the countries in the region have already developed comprehensive and precise water laws and policies, many face significant challenges when implementing them.

Most of the region’s countries have already constructed significant water resource infrastructure, but the effectiveness of water governance and management has often lagged behind, particularly in relation to transparency, accountability, and participation

Good governance of the water resources will increase the water use efficiency. In addition, better water management at the resource level is necessary in order to manage the effective and equitable allocation between existing uses and the growing needs of urban and industrial sectors. Hardware solutions to these challenges are not, by themselves, sufficient.

Combine peer learning and professional mentorship. Focus explicitly on behavioural change i.e. to be able to translate knowledge acquired through the trainings into actual pro-integrity changes on the ground.

Conduct a series of workshops and training at different levels, using interactive learning methods such as discussions, role play, group exercises and experience sharing. Each of the trainings is adapted to the relevant capacity need of the target groups in this region


Ms. Alice Jaraiseh
Phone: +46 8 121 360 42


Water integrity