From 29 to 31 May 2017, over 50 participants gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal, to exchange lessons learnt in the SDC-funded Multi-Country Water Integrity Programme (MCWIP).
Partners discussed how to promote Transparency, Accountability, Participation (TAP) as a means to address integrity failures and corruption in the water sector.
In a series of interviews, partners from Benin, Guatemala, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Nepal, explained why speaking about integrity was important in their projects and how they are taking concrete measures to promote TAP in their work.
Issues in the water sector can in some cases be attributed to natural catastrophes or external factors. But in most cases, bad management is to blame for poor performance. ‘Integrity addresses the problem of management’. Our partners reflected on how addressing integrity issues is essential to achieving the sustainable development goals, use resources efficiently, effectively provide service to the poor, limit health risk, and make the human rights to water and sanitation a reality.
There are many ways to practically promote integrity and TAP for WASH. In Nepal for example, partners focus a lot on capacity building for the right-holders. In Madagascar, partners use an ‘accountability triangle’ to develop and work out the relationships between duty-bearers, service providers and right-holders. In Mozambique, partners are lobbying for better budgeting. In Guatemala, partners are working with mayors and water agencies and pushing for more transparent communication on local WASH development plans.