Updates from Water Governance Facility
Nominate your WASH African Water Integrity Champion for AfricaSan Award
AfricaSan provides us the opportunity to put our Integrity Champions in the spotlight. It will deliver an Integrity Award at the next AfricaSan meeting in Dakar Senegal (May 25-27). If you want to nominate an Integrity Champion in the field of Water and Sanitation, please go to the AfricaSan website to download the nomination form. Then send your nomination to awards@africasan.com
The Water Integrity Programme in Sub-Saharan Africa takes stock and shares knowledge
Since September 2011, the first phase of the Sub-Saharan Water Integrity Programme built the capacity of 580 water practitioners and stakeholders.  2014 was a year to take stock and reflect towards the future. A first participative stocktaking took place in May 2014, during the 1st Water Integrity Learning Summit in Lusaka.  Find here the comprehensive Summit report.
A second stocktaking exercise happened during the last months of 2014.  A thorough review of the programme was undertaken, assessing the programmes impact, the used approach, the methodology and the implementation capacities. This enabled the Facility to envisage strategic direction for the future. Find here our Stock taking programme report.
Director's Note


Marianne Kjellén, Director, WGF

WGF’s work on water integrity aims to build capacity for good governance by way of greater transparency, accountability and participation in the water sector.

The multi-partner Water Integrity Programme in Sub-Saharan Africa has taken stock of the 2011-2014 awareness raising and capacity building. Over 500 individuals have been trained, and in a survey among participants of these and other similar trainings, over a third of the respondents claimed that the trainings had contributed to that their organizations had become more transparent. Yet, the stock-taking report finds that much more post-training support would have been needed to help participants to pursue their individual action plans. Future endeavours should include such support to individuals, but also target organizations and organizational change more directly.

In any case, at the Lusaka Summit last year, several individuals and organizations had worked successfully towards reducing corruption. What struck me was the courage of the persons that pursue integrity on the ground. It is certainly not without personal risk. Indeed, the Summit Report concluded that Water Integrity is “a job for the brave.”

In this context, it is very gratifying to learn that AMCOW has instituted an Integrity Award which is “presented to individuals or agencies that have made extraordinary progress in fighting corruption and improving governance or transparency in sanitation or hygiene service delivery.” Do ensure to send in your nomination - now!
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