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Who we are

​The Water Integrity Network (WIN) advocates for integrity in the water and sanitation sectors to reduce corruption risks and improve services, for the benefit of all.

 

Access to safe water and sanitation are fundamental human rights. Our goal is to contribute to the realisation of these rights, as well as ensure the sustainable use of water resources in the face of the climate crisis.

 

Vision

WIN envisions a world in which integrity governs the management and delivery of water and sanitation for all, including the poor and the most marginalised.

Mission

WIN champions integrity and supports stakeholders to build integrity practices in water and sanitation, with a particular focus on the benefits this brings to vulnerable groups. 

Guiding Values

We are committed to collaborative, high-quality, impactful work that creates sustainable change in water and sanitation. We work for the benefit of all, with a focus on the needs of the poorest communities.

What we do

Support for local integrity programmes or collective action initiatives (with partners or local stakeholders)

Advocacy and awareness raising on the need for integrity (with partners for local, regional, and international institutions)

Research and integrity risk assessments (for utilities, regulators, and partners working at sector level) 

Country water integrity programmes in Bangladesh, Kenya, and Mexico

Support to the launch of integrity management processes (for utilities and small scale water providers)

Facilitation of knowledge exchange (for partners and sector professionals)

Training (for partners and sector professionals)

Technical advisory (for regulators and sector institutions)

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"The challenges facing the water sector are immense and no single actor can solve them alone. Only through concerted efforts by all stakeholders—including governments, public institutions, businesses, private organisations, and civil society—can these challenges be confronted.

 

WIN invites you to join this journey, and to promote a culture of integrity in pursuit of a socially just world in which everyone has access to decent water and sanitation services."

WIN Executive Director - Barbara Schreiner, Strategy 2023-2033

Network and partners

WIN is a global, open network of individuals and organisations. We bring people together with integrity as a guiding principle, to improve water management and service delivery.

With our local and advocacy partners, we are pushing for change step by step. Local country partners, especially in WIN focus countries Bangladesh, Kenya, and Mexico, raise awareness, spearhead integrity action, and promote integrity tools.

 

Becoming a partner is free and open to any organisation aligned with WIN’s values.

We work with more than 65 partners from all over the world, including civil society organisations, international development organisations, sector funders, water and sanitation service providers, regulators, and associations.

 

Formal WIN partners publicly commit to launching integrity initiatives and are supported by the WIN team.

WIN team

WIN is made up of a small multinational team of experts in water and anti-corruption. The team is primarily based in Berlin, Germany.

General Assembly of Members 2023

To respond to increasing concerns among water professionals regarding the impact of corruption in the sector, WIN was founded in 2006 by IRC, the Stockholm International Water Institute, Swedish Water House, Transparency International, and the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program. Formerly hosted by Transparency International, in 2014 WIN became an independent association, based in Berlin, Germany.

The General Assembly of Members is the primary governance body of the WIN association. It decides on long-term strategy as well as annual planning, and is composed of up to 15 members, including organisations and individuals.

  • World Youth Parliament for Water
    The World Youth Parliament for Water is a network of passionate young people making waves of change in the water sector in over 80 countries.
  • Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA)
    The Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) is an international network created to support water operators through Water Operator’s Partnerships (WOPs), peer support exchanges between two or more water operators, on a not-for-profit basis.
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
    The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit international water management research organisation under the CGIAR
  • End Water Poverty
    End Water Poverty is a global civil society coalition campaigning for governments to respect, protect and fulfil people’s human rights to safe water and sanitation.
  • Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
    The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a not-for-profit institute working globally to change how water is understood, valued and managed.
  • Aquafed
    AquaFed is the International Federation of Private Water Operators.
  • IRC
    IRC is an international think tank actively building strong water, sanitation and hygiene systems – from the bottom up and the top down.
  • Fermin Reygadas
    Fermin Reygadas has 20 years of experience working towards the fulfillment of the human rights to water and sanitation and the equitable management of water resources. He is co-founder and Executive Director of Cantaro Azul and a board member of the first public-community municipal water institution in Mexico. Fermin has served as an advisor to the Water Resources Committees in the Congress of Chiapas and the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico. For his track record of innovation and systemic change, Fermín has been elected as an Ashoka Fellow.
  • Dick van Ginhoven
    Dick van Ginhoven is a consultant for the Water Finance Facility (WFF) and UNICEF in the East Asia Regional WASH Programme. He previously was a diplomat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. From 2004 to 2017, he was responsible for the formulation and implementation of the DGIS development policy for drinking water and sanitation. In this period, Dick was member of the Governing Council of the WSP/World Bank, the WSSCC and SWA. He held several positions at the Ministry, in southern Africa, in the Gulf region and in North Africa. He joined the WIN Supervisory Board in 2017.
  • Letitia Obeng
    Letitia A Obeng is the current Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Water Integrity Network, elected in November 2020. She is a Water Supply, Sanitation and Water Management professional with 40 years of experience. She served with the World Bank in staff, managerial and director positions on water management, sustainable development and in a corporate capacity. She has served in oversight and advisory roles in the Global Water Partnership, WaterAid America, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute. She holds a PhD in public health and water resources engineering from Imperial College, University of London.
  • Peter Conze
    Peter Conze is a co-founder and partner of the Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform, and on the advisory board of the Garment Industries Transparency Initiative. He worked for 35 years for the German aid agency Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammentarbeit (GIZ), where he served as Africa director and was Division Chief of GIZ for Eastern Europe. He also served as government advisor to the Ministry of Finance. He was a founder of Transparency International (TI) and advises on Africa activities. In addition, he is a member of the TI-Germany Board of Directors.
  • Alana Potter
    Alana Potter is the Head of Research and Advocacy at the Equality Collective, a community-based law clinic in the Eastern Cape. Alana has extensive water sector experience, starting at the Mvula Trust in South Africa, and continuing as lead of IRC’s Africa Regional programme, working with public, private, and civil society actors in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Alana was Director of Research and Advocacy at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), and then coordinator of End Water Poverty (hosted by WaterAid), a global civil society coalition of more than 150 civil society organisations in 80 countries focusing on the realisation of their rights to safe water and sanitation and a safe environment. She has and is advising Human Rights Watch; the AMCOW International Task Force; the UN Water Expert Group; the Africa Water Justice Network’s interim steering committee; the Water Integrity Network’s Supervisory Board; Accountability for Water’s global advisory group; Sanitation and Water for All’s grants committee; the steering committee for the Public Interest Law Gathering (2017-2020), and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) CSO Coalition, among others.
  • Robert Gakubia
    Robert Gakubia is the outgoing CEO of the Water Services Regulatory Board of Kenya. He is an expert on regulation and institutional development issues in the water sector and has significant hands-on experience in water policy, water law, and water sector administration. He was previously Chief Engineer/Director of Water Services at the Kenyan Ministry of Water where he first started his career in public service. He was in the strategic leadership team of the Kenyan water sector reform after 2004 and was a key member of the Team preparing Vision 2030 for the Kenyan water sector in 2005-2007 and the first Medium Term Plan [2008 - 2012] for its implementation.
  • Oriana Romano
    Oriana Romano heads the OECD Water Governance Initiative and coordinates the programme on the Economics and Governance of Circular economy In Cities at the Cities, Urban Policies, and Sustainable Development Division of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. Before joining OECD in 2013, she was research assistant and university lecturer in Environmental Economics at the Centre for International Business and Sustainability in London Metropolitan University and at the Department of Social Science of the University "L'Orientale" in Naples. (Naples, Italy).

Three to five WIN members are elected to form the Supervisory Board and provide oversight of the WIN Executive Director. The Board is currently composed of: Letitia Obeng (Chair of the Board), Peter Conze, Robert Gakubia, and Alana Potter, and Jane Nabunnya, IRC Uganda Country Director as representative of IRC.

 

The Supervisory Board appointed Barbara Schreiner as the Association’s Executive Director (Vorstand) in 2018.

Funders and supporters

WIN’s work is possible thanks to the contributions and ideas of our partners and members who implement programmes with us on water integrity worldwide and thanks to the funding of GIZ, the Hewlett Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank, NVF, and the governments of the Netherlands (via DGIS), Sweden (via Sida) and Switzerland (via SDC).

Thank you!

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Opportunities

Announcements of vacancies, internships, volunteer opportunities, and calls for proposals for services, for WIN and our close partners are posted here.

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