The Water Integrity Network (WIN) is a network of organizations and individuals promoting water integrity to reduce corruption and improve water sector performance worldwide. WIN works to raise awareness on the impact of corruption especially on the poor and disenfranchised, assesses risk and promotes practical responses. The network’s vision is a world with equitable and sustained access to water and a clean environment, which is no longer threatened by corruption, greed, dishonesty and wilful malpractice.

WIN connects, shares the knowledge, and promotes the organizations and individuals who support integrity in their own work and the work of the water sector worldwide.

Formerly hosted by Transparency International, the WIN global network is formally led by the WIN association and supported by the WIN Secretariat in Berlin.

WIN was founded by IRC, SIWI, Swedish Water House, Transparency International and the World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme in 2006 to respond to increasing concerns among water and anti-corruption stakeholders regarding the impact of corruption in the water sector.

The work of the Water Integrity Network is made possible thanks to the funding of the governments of Germany (via BMZ), the Netherlands (via DGIS), Sweden (via Sida) and Switzerland (via SDC) and to the generous funding and contributions in kind from members and partners.

SECRETARIAT

WIN is supported by a network secretariat based in Berlin, Germany, which advises water sector stakeholders and provides tools, resources and global leverage for more water integrity.

We track and promote the activities of the network partners and supporters, enable knowledge sharing, and advocate for action in international forums. We also lead programmes to foster integrity with our network partners at local, regional and international levels.

WIN ASSOCIATION

The network secretariat was hosted by Transparency International until the end of 2013. A Water Integrity Network Association was then established as an independent legal entity for the WIN Secretariat, under German law (legally WIN e.V. or eingetragener Verein – registered association).

The General Assembly of members is the highest governance body of the WIN association and secretariat. It decides on long-term strategy as well as annual planning for WIN.

Current (individual) members are:

  • Aziza Akhmouch
  • Ravi Narayanan
  • Donal O’Leary
  • Susanne Weber-Mosdorf
  • Thomas Zeller
  • Henk van Schaik

and (organizations):

    • The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world. Over 14,500 water professionals from more than 160 mainly developing countries and countries in transition were educated at the Institute, which is based in the Netherlands.

    • Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Transparency International is a global movement sharing one vision: a world in which government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.

    • The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a Stockholm-based policy institute that generates knowledge and informs decision-making towards water-wise policy.

    • IRC is an international think-and-do tank that works with governments, NGOs, entrepreneurs and people around the world to find long-term solutions to the global crisis in water, sanitation and hygiene services. At the heart of its mission is the aim to move from short-term interventions to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

    • The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a network aiming to foster integrated water resource management. The partnership’s vision is for a water secure world.

    • AquaFed is the International Federation of Private Water Operators, connecting international organisations with private sector providers of water and sanitation services globally.

GOVERNANCE

Three to five WIN members are elected to form the Supervisory Board and provide day-to-day oversight of the WIN secretariat. Currently, Ravi Narayanan chairs the Board composed of: Håkan Tropp of SIWI (Treasurer), Thomas Zeller (Secretary), Finn Heinrich of Transparency International and Susanne Weber-Mosdorf (Ombudsman).

The Board appointed Frank van der Valk as the Association’s Executive Director (Vorstand) in 2014.

 

 

ASSOCIATED CONSULTANT NETWORK

WIN works with a network of specialized water integrity associated consultants. The consultant network is an expertise pool that brings together facilitators, researchers and consultants. They provide professional guidance and services to partners and stakeholders interested in launching water integrity initiatives in their organization or region.