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News in this issue
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Every Drop Matters seeks evaluation consultant          6. Accountability for Sustainability
2. Water Integrity in Latin America and the Caribbean     7.
EAWAG ‘Faecal Sludge Management' book
3. Water Integrity in the Middle East and North Africa       8. Indigenous peoples and industry conflicts
4. Shared Waters Partnership                                              9. WGF and the Cap-Net UNDP virtual campus
5. GoAL-WaSH                                                                       10. WGF at the 2015 World Water Week
Every Drop Matters seeks evaluation consultant
Every Drop Matters has recently announced a call for proposals to evaluate aspects of the programme. As the programme moves into its final stage, it would like to draw lessons and insights from its activities and operations. More information can be found in the relevant news link with terms of reference for assignment. For more information, please contact john.livsey@siwi.org
Water Integrity in Latin America and the Caribbean
WGF and National Administration of Aqueducts and Sewers of the Republic of El Salvador (ANDA) have signed a technical corporate agreement for ‘Improving Integrity in the Management of ANDA’. The agreement, lasting 18 months, focuses on improving integrity management in ANDA through the Business Model methodology and adoption of Integrity Pacts.
 
The Integrity Pact – related to a major programme for the improvement of water and sewerage network in the metropolitan area of San Salvador was signed by all parties (bidders, ANDA, and social witness) at the public opening of the bids for replacing the water and sewerage piping in the city, on 17 November, 2015. Integrity Pacts as a tool has been developed primarily by Transparency International.

For more information, contact pilar.avello@siwi.org or alejandro.jimenez@siwi.org
Water Integrity in the Middle East and North Africa
During the first week of November the WI MENA project conducted its first regional alumni workshop. This event targeted civil society actors involved in water resources management from the five programme countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia. The purpose of the workshop was to support long term water integrity processes and activities, and to create a regional community of practise on water integrity. It provided a forum for experience sharing, and introduced the first results of the research on water integrity and gender undertaken by WGF. A workshop report will soon be available on the programme website.
 
Upcoming activities in the region include five workshops to be held during December 2015, one in each programme country. These workshops will target decision makers, with the intention to align the project’s activities with on-going national water governance and anti-corruption work.
 
For more information please contact alice.jaraiseh@siwi.org and james.leten@siwi.org
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Shared Waters Partnership
The Shared Waters Partnership (SWP) has pledged to support a UNDP implemented program under the GEF IW portfolio supporting the Chu-Talas Basin Commission.  Central Asia is a region of strategic importance for most of the SWP Strategic Partners and this intervention will be a first in the region for the SWP.  Cooperation between The Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic over the Chu-Talas Rivers has remained consistently strong over the past 10 years with much of the success owed to the establishment of the Basin Commission and the Development Partners who have provided support and institutional capacity building.

Although the Commission is strictly bilateral, it serves as an important model for regional cooperation and the presence of the SWP will serve to further strengthen the Commission and platform of Development Partners.  Through its support the SWP will serve on the steering committee along with UNDP and will provide the SWP with greater perspective on other regional issues and stakeholders.

For more information, please contact kerry.schneider@siwi.org.
GoAL-WaSH
GoAL-WaSH is working to enhance performance of the drinking water and sanitation sector, to create effective, equitable and sustainable service delivery. Currently, the programme is active in 11 countries.
 
The project in Tajikistan has recently trained 60 representatives, from 12 water supply operators, on tariff setting. This training has been based on methodologies developed by the project. Draft tariff schemes are now being developed by each supplier. Once developed, these schemes with be presented to Tajikistan’s Antimonopoly Agency, which is responsible for regulating tariffs, for approval.
 
The GoAL-WaSH project in Bosnia and Herzegovina has also developed methodologies for setting water supply and wastewater tariffs. These methodologies with be tested through pilot municipalities during 2016.
 
In El Salvador GoAL WaSH is currently in the process of publishing and promoting the knowledge products that have been developed by the project, including a Social Audit Manual. The Manual is aimed at helping communities exert control over water institutions at the local level. The Manual is being launched in the Torola River Basin on the 26 of November.

 
The GoAL WaSH work in Mongolia has been completed (see the project final report here). The project supported sector coordination, sectoral reforms and developed a management model for water supply and sanitation services in rural areas. Additionally, GoAL WaSH provided support to develop standards on small-scale wastewater treatment facilities. The second phase of the project addressed local level capacity gaps in water supply and sanitation service delivery, with a specific focus on operation and maintenance.


For more information, please contact alejandro.jimenez@siwi.org or lotten.hubendick@siwi.org
Accountability for Sustainability
– a collaboration between WGF and UNICEF

The Accountability for Sustainability project has been very active during the summer months. WGF and the UNICEF headquarters team visited Madagascar. The visit was to support the establishment of a task force for a Sector Coordination mechanism in the country. The visiting team also helped support the celebration of a Sustainability Forum, which aims to define a Sustainability Strategy for the water sector.
 
The above mission was followed up at World Water Week in Stockholm, where a meeting between the project team, the UNICEF WASH Office in Madagascar, and the Hon. Minister of Water Ms. Ndahimananjara was held. Different activities were also organized during the Week. Two documents of the partnership were launched during the event: the Concept Note on Accountability in WASH, and the Reference Guide for Accountability Programming. Printed copies are available upon request to the WGF.
 
For more information please contact alejandro.jimenez@siwi.org
Translation of the EAWAG ‘Faecal Sludge Management' book
WGF, together with UNDP Costa Rica, has supported the translation of the EAWAG ‘Faecal Sludge Management’ book into Spanish. This translation will support its application in the Latin American context. The book can be downloaded here.
Indigenous peoples and industry water users: Mapping the conflicts worldwide
WGF recently published a new study that maps conflicts between indigenous peoples and industrial water users. The study, ‘Indigenous peoples and industry water users:  Mapping the conflicts worldwide’, shows that impacts of energy and mining-related projects on water resources can be a significant threat to the fulfilment of the basic rights and wellbeing of many indigenous communities. This threat too often translates into violent clashes.

Water conflicts involving indigenous peoples also have severe economic impacts; one third of disputed operations had to be cancelled or renegotiated during the last decade. WGF calls for the need to learn more from positive examples of collaboration between indigenous peoples and industry. Read more here.
WGF and the Cap-Net UNDP virtual campus
WGF has assisted in the development of learning materials and the delivery of the training of the innovative Cap-Net UNDP virtual campus. During this fall, WGF has been engaged in two courses; ‘Human rights based approach to IWRM’, and ‘Water integrity and transparency.’ The virtual campus has attracted many participants from many countries, giving each an opportunity to discuss the spectrum of challenges they face across the globe. Further updates about the virtual campus can be found here.
WGF at the 2015 World Water Week
World Water Week 2015 (WWW) was an opportunity for international water and development actors to come together and discuss some of the world’s most critical water related issues. This year’s event was particularly busy for WGF, as UNDP was a key collaborating partner for the Week and its theme: Water and Sustainable Development. WGF convened/co-convened several workshops, seminars and meetings. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, WGF also released new knowledge products, brought partners together and highlighted its achievements over the last decade. Further information about WGF at WWW can be found here.
Director's Note

Marianne Kjellén, Director, WGF

Integrity is about building trust in society. Increasing Transparency, Accountability and Participation – which are the pillar stones of the Water Integrity work – are all about forging human relations; to become somewhat more fair and, indeed, trustworthy.

That ANDA, the El Salvadorian national water and sanitation authority is signing an Integrity Pact to protect its recent pipe replacement tender from corruption, should not only lead to lower costs of the project; it should also help build trust in society, including the fair collaboration between public authorities and private enterprises.

WGF is supporting the process, through capacity development and by providing a link to the “social witness” mandated to oversee the whole tendering and contracting process. The social witness, FESPAD, is a local NGO working for the Study and Application of Rights. The cost of the Integrity Pact is estimated to 1.5% of the value of the total project.

Channelling parts of investment funding into good governance – social structures to ensure that the physical structures are installed correctly and put to the intended use – is what WGF sees as a most promising way towards achieving universal access to quality water and sanitation services.  

 
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