UNDERSTANDING INTEGRITY RISKS RELATED TO HOW WATER AND SANITATION INFRASTRUCTURE IS DECIDED ON, PLANNED, AND RESOURCED
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
We often hear of water and sanitation projects that are not living up to expectations. Wastewater treatment plants that are not in operation after being built, pipelines with maxed out budgets that are years behind schedule, systems that do not have the capacity to deliver sufficient service even before they are completed.
Poor planning is often to blame and poor integrity is a major underestimated driver. There are many tools and approaches to identify and limit integrity risks in infrastructure procurement and construction. Far less attention has been paid to ensuring integrity in early-stage planning even though issues at this phase -like capture, rent-seeking, favoritism - directly influence whether a project is viable, appropriate, sustainable, and adequately addressing needs including for the most vulnerable.
In response to this challenge, WIN and the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative (CoST), with support from the Inter-American Development Bank, mapped risks and developed a Framwork for Integrity in Infrastructure Planning. The tool includes a set of indicators and associated data points, with reporting templates for institutions involved in infrastructure planning. The tool is currently being piloted in Latin America.
Lessons learned from piloting the Framework for Integrity in Infrastructure Planning:
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