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The water sector is vulnerable to corruption due to many reasons: fragmented governance, lack of oversight and accountability; and the sheer amount of money that is involved in complex infrastructure projects. More than ever independent media plays a critical role in dampening corruption and promoting good governance by bringing issues to the public domain, and providing a voice to the needs of the disadvantaged groups whose positions are often overlooked by official monitoring systems.

WIN’s Water Integrity Journalism Fund aims to strengthen researching, reporting, and disseminating in-depth investigative reports on corruption in the water sector. The outcomes of the Initiative will contribute to better understanding and documentation of how the prevalence of corruption can result in leakage of much-needed resources, undermine the human right to water and sanitation, and prevent the achievement of universal access to water and sanitation as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

What is funded: in-depth journalistic research on the impacts of corruption in the water sector and its subsectors.

In particular, the reporting should be designed to reveal the impact and costs of corruption in quantitative terms to the extent possible. The impact of corruption can include a broad range of social and economic damage, such as direct financial losses, impact on affected communities, environmental and public health costs, and other damage that are attributable to such corruption.

Fund amount: The funding amount will range from €2,000 to €12,000, and can be used to cover travel and technical expenses, however may not be used for the purchase of any equipment.