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Water Integrity Network Annual Report 2019

Published in 2020

Lack of integrity and corruption in the water and sanitation sector affect who gets what services, when, where, and how. They impact negatively on the delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, on sustainable economic development, human health and well-being, and reduce the effective use of limited financial, human and water resources. The costs are disproportionately borne by the poor and by the environment.

Only a well-functioning and corruption-free water sector will be able to overcome the enormous challenge of reaching universal access to water and sanitation services by 2030. Further, corruption in the water sector affects the ability to meet many of the other SDGs.

2019 heralded the arrival of a new Executive Director at WIN, the appointment of new staff members, and the reinvigoration of a collaborative culture within the diverse and enthusiastic team in Berlin. The year saw the expansion of work in Latin America and Kenya, the revitalisation of work in Benin, the deepening of work in Bangladesh, the development of a new assessment tool for water utilities, and the conceptualisation of a corruption risk index for cities. It also saw the completion of the Multi-Country Water Integrity Programme (MCWIP) funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). We and our partners worked on public finance management (Kenya), school sanitation (Bangladesh), water utility governance (Latin America, Kenya and Benin). We expanded our strategic partnerships, including through signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW).

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