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Sub-sector Participatory Assessments

Raising awareness and identifying paths for action to enhance integrity with Annotated Water Integrity Scans


  • Increase awareness about water integrity by stimulating debate on the topic
  • Quickly assess integrity risks in the water sector through multi-stakeholder workshops
  • Identify priority steps for improvement


How it works

The cornerstone of the AWIS approach is a participatory workshop, during which stakeholders are asked to score identified risk areas in terms of levels of Transparency, Accountability and Participation.


Participants are invited to openly discuss and defend all scores, high and low, regardless of their own position. The discussion brings to light risks and priorities which are to be addressed.

The AWIS project makes it possible to introduce integrity as an aspect of a project without antagonizing stakeholders and helps raise awareness on contrasting points of view and unexpected risks.

It is a means to gradually build a common perspective on potential issues, not to establish facts. As such, AWIS is meant to be embedded in ongoing initiatives in the water sector and cannot be a stand-alone activity.



  • It is not a one-size-fits-all-tool. Adapting indicators and risk areas assessed in an AWIS workshop to the local context and specificities of the sub-sector can make results more relevant.
  • It differs from other qualitative assessments such as focused group discussions by emphasizing the search for common ground and the identification of solutions and priorities for action.
  • Although it includes scoring and leads to a preliminary assessment of TAP in a chosen sub-sector, it differs from other assessment tools or social audits by focusing primarily on dialog and raising awareness.
  • The method works best when integrated in a process and used repeatedly and at progressively higher levels as a tool for discussion or monitoring.


Implementation guidance and material


Toolsheet AWIS


AWIS Manual


Facilitation Guidelines AWIS



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