Legislative and Regulatory Efforts to Prevent Corruption in the Water Sector

Cases and Policy Examples from Colombia

Colombia has implemented several measures to help strengthen the positioning and force of the water sector regulatory bodies. In part, these outline rules for human resource management (including measures to prevent conflicts of interest: former employees of regulated firms disqualified from working for the regulator, decision-making positions are restricted to employees without ties to the regulated industry…), which are backed with requirements to publish more information on the processes and work of the regulatory bodies, using a Unique System of Information.

See case study on regulation for Colombian utilities


The Colombian Ministry for Environment, Housing and Development introduced the Agua Transparente-Programme in conjunction with a new US$ 599 million public investment fund for the Colombian water sector in early 2008.

The programme has two main components:

  • Prevention of corruption in tendering and contracting, including measures requiring the dissemination of information on the status and financials of tendering processes to public officials, unions and other stakeholders.
  • Prevention of corruption in the hiring of public officials, including strict hiring principles and measures requiring that information on hiring processes be made publicly available online.


See case study on anti-corruption legislation

Case Study – Legislation for Water Integrity




Case Study – Legislation for Water Integrity