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Mexico Water Integrity Country Programme

BUILDING AN INTEGRITY BASELINE FOR BETTER SERVICES IN MEXICO, LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND


community members discussing cards about integrity tools in front of board at IMT-SWSS workshop
Community members planning for integrity in San Lucas, Mexico, using the IMT-SWSS

DATES

2019-Current


LOCATION(S)

Mexico


PARTNERS

CTG, UNAM, Cantaro Azul


WHAT IT'S ABOUT

WIN has been working with partners in Mexico since 2019 to contribute to the achievement of SDG6 and guarantee the human rights to water and sanitation by strengthening integrity in communities, organisations, and institutions of the water and sanitation sectors. Improving management of services to benefit the most marginalised groups in particular, is an important priority.


As in other parts of the world, in Mexico the lack of adequate information, transparency, accountability, citizen participation and anti-corruption measures in water and sanitation reduces the efficiency and sustainability of operators and degrades trust in public systems. In response, the main areas of action of WIN and partners have been:

  1. Development and adaptation of methodologies and tools for the implementation of integrity initiatives;

  2. Capacity building, with a focus on community water and sanitation systems;

  3. Implementation of integrity programmes for water and sanitation service providers;

  4. Strengthening partnerships with local actors to promote integrity in the water sector; and

  5. Promoting the inclusion of a gender approach in the analysis of integrity failures.

New activities include research on sextortion and gender inequality in the water and sanitation sectors as well as research on risks and ethical dilemmas faced by utilities.


HOW THINGS ARE CHANGING

An analysis of the Mexican legal framework for water highlighted major gaps in legislation to recognise and support community structures even though water services are directly provided by communities in rural and peri-urban areas across the country. The report has been used to raise awareness, build trust in community structures, and lobby for better recognition.


Over 10 rural communities located in the centre and south of the country have implemented the IMT-SWSS. Several communities put in place a numbers of measures to engage better with users, for example: complaint mechanisms for users, regular meetings with families and community audits, or agreements on a transparent fee or rate structure. Engaging in the IMT-SWSS process has also allowed committees to build stronger alliances with municipal governments in Mexico. This is a key benefit in countries like Mexico, where small water supply systems are not regulated and often have contentious relationships with municipalities.

PUBLICATIONS

On using integrity management tools:

WIN_IntegrityTool-Impact_2022
.pdf
Download PDF • 3.62MB

On integrity concerns related to regulation of small water supply systems (In Spanish)

WIN-CTG-Cantaro-ASAN-Oxfam_MarcoLegalAgua_México_Communidades_2020
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.16MB

FIND OUT MORE OR GET INVOLVED

Contact the programme coordinator:



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