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External Review of Sida's support to UNDP Water and Ocean Governance Programme - Call for Proposals
Water Integrity Global Outlook
Uganda establishes Action Plan to achieve human right to water and sanitation for all
Water utilities in Laos take action for improved integrity
Making sure that WASH project benefits actually last
"Accountability for Sustainability" in the Asia-Pacific region
Director's Note

External Review of Sida's support to UNDP Water and Ocean Governance Programme - Call for Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for External Review of Sida's support to UNDP Water and Ocean Governance Programme. The External Review, to be carried out from August through October 2016, is to assess progress and provide strategic direction for the future. More information about the assignment and the Terms of Reference can be found here.

Proposals by reviewer(s) interested in undertaking this External Review should be submitted via email to watergovernance@siwi.org no later than 20 June 2016.

Water Integrity Global Outlook

The Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016 (WIGO) publication, released on World Water Day 2016, shows how clean governance in the water sector can fight corruption, benefit diverse stakeholders and make efficient use of investment in water services and infrastructure worldwide. WIGO highlights how institutional fragmentation and corruption undermine resources and services. It demonstrates how integrity and good governance have become international and national priorities and outlines tools and techniques that make improvements achievable. It makes recommendations for action by governments, sector actors, the private sector and civil society bodies.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Water Integrity Network (WIN), the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) launches the report in Stockholm on 7 June. Learn more about the event here.

Uganda establishes Action Plan to achieve human right to water and sanitation for all

To support the Ugandan government to gain a better understanding of the main challenges to fulfilling the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (HRWS) in Uganda, WGF took part in the mapping of the legal and policy framework and the implementation and monitoring of the framework.

In a sector inclusive workshop representatives from the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), civil society and other ministries and Uganda’s Human Rights Commission established an Action Plan based on recommendations derived from the mapping. Overseen by the MWE working group the Action Plan and recommendations will serve to spur progress and ensure that it reaches the most vulnerable and unserved groups of the population. Learn more about it here.

Water utilities in Laos take action for improved integrity

In March 2016, four Laotian water utilities from different provinces participated in a water integrity training, conducted by the UNDP Water Governance Facility together with UN-Habitat within the GoAL WaSH programme. The four parties are now engaging in a scaled up process to improve integrity management across their utility operations. Read more about it here.

Making sure that WASH project benefits actually last

To ensure that sustainability is embedded from the start in its WASH programming, UNICEF has developed an innovative implementation and monitoring framework for sustainability. WGF was invited to conduct an analysis of this sustainability framework within the Dutch-financed water and sanitation programme implemented in nine West and Central African countries. WGF reviewed a series of Sustainability Compacts and the first Sustainability Checks ever conducted in the region.

The conclusions of the report were shared with UNICEF regional and Headquarter representatives during a review of the programme held in the Côte d´Ivoire’s capital Abidjan in April 2016. Learn more about it here.

“Accountability for Sustainability” in the Asia-Pacific region

In March 2016, WGF participated in the training workshop on the Enabling Environment for WASH organized in Bangkok for UNICEF WASH professionals from Country Offices in Asia and the Pacific. WGF facilited the session on Accountability and Regulation. The content of the module was based on the Accountability for Sustainability Concept Note  and the Reference Guide for Programming. Read more about it here.
Director's Note

Marianne Kjellén, Director, WGF

The Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016 (WIGO) publication, launched at Sida on 7 June, 2016, captures the growing recognition of the need for good governance and measures to eliminate corruption to improve sector performance. It emphasizes the need for transparency, accountability and participation (TAP) to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how the achievement of SDG 6 on water and sanitation depends on SDG 16 on effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Strengthening ‘democracy, good governance and the rule of law’ is a primary aim of the SDG agenda, acknowledging inequality, corruption, poor governance and illicit financial flows as factors that give rise to violence, insecurity and injustice. All these matters have gendered dimensions, as effectively pinpointed by the UNDP report on Grassroots Women’s Perspectives on Corruption and Anti-Corruption
 
The gendered dimensions of corruption in the water sector is being explored in an ongoing WGF study; finding experiences of ‘sextortion,’ where women may need to offer sexual favours in order to gain access to a reliable water connection. Indeed, women’s bodies is but one of currencies of corruption. This was raised during discussions at the recent V-Dem & ANTICORRP Policy Dialogue Conference 2016, suggesting that also in so-called ‘grand corruption’ to avail access to sexual services is not uncommon.
 
This points to the importance of maintaining attention and ensuring understanding of the cross-cutting issues – gender, rights, integrity – that so fundamentally affect the work of promoting good governance in the water sector. The understanding of how cross-cutting issues and inequalities of various dimensions affect water resources management and water and services delivery is also the main contribution of WGF in the building of the global knowledge base on good water governance.
 
Our contributions to this and other areas will soon be evaluated by an external review. Do note that the call for External Review of Sida’s support to UNDP Water and Ocean Governance Programme has been advertised. We look forward to insightful comments to our work, and constructive suggestions for future directions!
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