• Developing tools to assess integrity and prevent corruption in water

    Research and practical tools for action

At WIN, we support partners and water sector stakeholders to better assess integrity risks and develop action plans to address them. Integrity tools have been developed and tested to support these processes. These tools are in constant evolution as we test and use them in different contexts and with different stakeholders.

For example, in 2020, we are working on new methodologies to assess integrity risks in utilities with concrete and actionable indicators. We’re also piloting an index to compare integrity risks in water and sanitation at city level, using surveys and big data.

We’re building toolboxes for organizations to develop action plans to prevent corruption in water and improve accountability lines between stakeholders. This year in particular, this work is focused on improving the tools at hand for utilities, regulators, rural water committees, and public institutions in the water sector.

These WIN tools represent a small fraction of tools and techniques organizations recommend to prevent and reduce corruption in any sector. How do we make sense of it all? And how do we ensure we are working with and promoting the most effective measures? How do we continue improving tools and what are the minimal conditions for using them?

We’re eager to discuss the way forward with partners and are setting up a loose Community of Practice to pursue the conversation.

Some of the key questions we are asking ourselves include:

  • How can integrity help attract investment and build trust in the water sector?
  • What are they biggest integrity risks in urban water and sanitation?
  • What are the key integrity risks utilities face and which ones should they prioritize for mitigation?
  • What are they key accountability and integrity dynamics between government/duty bearers/suppliers?
  • How is climate change affecting the water sector in terms of corruption risks?
  • What is the extent of sextortion in the water sector?
  • How can integrity contribute to ensuring effective and efficient infrastructure planning and investment?
  • What constitutes a strong open government or disclosure commitment for the water sector?
  • How do we leverage big data and AI to better assess corruption risks and costs?
  • How do we improve integrity tools and make sure they work?
  • Which resources and materials are we missing to facilitate implementation?

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