What is water integrity?

Water integrity refers to honest, transparent, accountable, and inclusive decision-making by water stakeholders, aiming for equity and sustainability in water management


What happens when water integrity is lacking?

  • Water governance is not fair, sustainable or effective
  • Reform and projects fail
  • Corruption, to which the sector is particularly vulnerable, diverts resources from where they are needed


What can we do about it?

We must actively promote water integrity and manage integrity risks, to improve governance and reduce corruption.

WIN believes the first step is to openly discuss corruption and integrity, to get a better understanding of the problems we are facing and their scale.

The next step is to work together to build integrity walls, focusing on the key pillars of Transparency, Accountability, Participation, and Anti-corruption. This means proactively implementing measures to strengthen governance processes, manage risks, and keep corruption out.

There is a suite of tools and resources that can be implemented to promote integrity; where to start depends on the scale and scope of your programmes and reform processes.


How water integrity plays out out in different sub-sectors and how it relates to key sector concerns and priorities.


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More on water integrity and what you can do to promote it in your projects and initiatives, including online training.


What corruption and integrity look like in the water sector: results of the WIN photo competition.

How does corruption affect the water sector, what is integrity about, examples of integrity work and good practice.

Chapter 4: From Planning to Implementation


Chapter 5: Approaches for Enhancing Integrity


Chapter 6: Monitoring Water Integrity