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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.
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.
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.
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)
"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 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.
Vincent LazatinVincent Lazatin is the Executive Director of the Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN), a Philippines-based network of civil society organisations, academic institutions, research organisations, and think tanks that work on good governance and anti-corruption. He is also a board member of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) and has led or chaired a number of civil society and mulit-stakeholder initiatives in the governance space, including the Civil Society Coalition on the UN Convention against Corruption. Prior to joining TAN, he worked for over 15 years in the fund management industry both in the United States and the Philippines.
Dick van GinhovenDick 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 ObengLetitia 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 ConzePeter 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.
Robert GakubiaRobert 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.
Vasudha PangareVasudha Pangare has been working as a gender equality and social inclusion specialist in the areas of land and water management, environment conservation, climate change, water for agriculture, water supply, rural livelihoods, policy and governance for almost 4 decades. She has extensive field experience across Asia and Africa. She has contributed to global, thematic, national and programme evaluations of FAO's work in gender, water, and agriculture. She is a Gender Advisor to UNESCO's World Water Assessment Programme, and is an author of the UNESCO WWAP toolkit on sex-disaggregated water data, assessment and monitoring.
Oriana RomanoOriana 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, Dick van Ginhoven, and Alana Potter.
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).
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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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