Bonn Water Lectures: Corruption in the Water Sector

How integrity management contributes to achieving the SDGs

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 13:00-14:00 CET

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Corruption hampers the achievement of SDG 6 to ensure water and sanitation for all.

It is responsible for estimated “losses” of at least 10% of the investments going into the capital-intensive water sector. In some countries, losses may be reaching 40% to 50% of investment (WIN, 2021). This in turn leads to higher costs for drinking water and sanitation services, degrades the quality and reliability of supply and thus endangers the health of people (SDG 3). As women and girls, in many countries, are responsible for the management of household water supply, sanitation and health, they are disproportionally affected by corruption compared to men and can even be victims of sextortion and other forms of exploitation (SDG 5).

To counter corruption in the water sector and reach the SDGs, water integrity is essential. That means focusing also on SDG 16, which aims for accountable institutions, and ensuring water and sanitation sector organisations operate with integrity to prevent corruption and enhance credibility.

In this webinar, the Bonn Water Network and WIN will share the water integrity experiences and knowledge of different organisations  to show how integrity can help in catalysing achievement of all SDGs.



Welcome and introductions
Luna Bharati, International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change (ICWRGC)

  • Experiences addressing integrity in water and sanitation
    Barbara Schreiner/Binayak Das, WIN

Panel presentations and discussion:
Letitia Obeng, WIN

  • Data integrity and SDGs monitoring
    Marianela Fader, International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change (ICWRGC)
  • Engagement with Communities crucial for SDGs
    Avi Sarkar, UNHABITAT
  • Financing SDGs and protecting the investments
    Vivian Castro-Wooldridge, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Role of Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) in achieving SDGs
    Anil Mishra, UNESCO-IHP

Annabelle Houdret, Bonn Water Network


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About the organisers:

The Bonn Water Network groups ten renowned institutions with longstanding experience on water and related issues: the Bonn International Center for Conversion(BICC); Bonn University with its Institute of Geography(GIUB) holding the UNESCO Chair in Human Water Systems, the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health (IHPH); the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); the IUCN Environmental Law Center; and three Bonn-based UN institutions: the United Nations Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (UN-Habitat/GWOPA).

The Water Integrity Network is a partner of the Bonn Water Network since 2021.

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