SIWI defines water integrity as the adherence of water stakeholders and institutions to governance principles of transparency, accountability, and participation, based on core values of honesty, equity and professionalism. Ultimately, water integrity is one of the most important means to achieve a water wise world, one that is resistant to corruption.

What We Do

  • Stimulate public debate and support for integrity in the water sector around the globe by promoting transparency and accountability in policies and actions affecting the sector;
  • Help institutions in the water sector to measurably improve transparency and accountability in polices, programmes and operations through knowledge and fact-based advocacy, campaign and engagement;
  • Facilitate change that improves content and quality of services in the water sector with particular emphasis on sustainable livelihood of all, especially the poor and disadvantaged sections of the society.
  • Promote values and practices of integrity and transparency by research and knowledge production and global advocacy.
  • Implement comprehensive capacity building at all levels to scan integrity in the water sector and improve integrity and system of relevant institutions.

A thorough assessment of integrity risks makes targeted interventions possible. Additionally, it enables the monitoring of such interventions over time. Assessing potential corruption risks and putting preventative measures in place is easier and much more cost effective than trying to clean up corruption after it becomes established.

Through technical advice and development of assessment frameworks, WGF supports nationally owned Water Integrity Risks Assessments at country level aimed at informing water integrity activities. Together with WIN and the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre, WGF has developed a User’s Guide on Assessing Water Governance.

At the policy level, the WGF participates in various global platforms and networks to advocate for the need to place integrity high on the global water policy agenda.

SIWI is one of the founding members of the Water Integrity Network (WIN), a network with the mission to increase integrity levels and reduce corruption in the water sector through a pro-poor and pro-equity focus. For the past decade, WGF and WIN have cooperated on a number of activities including the organisation of events in major water policy fora such as World Water Week in Stockholm and the World Water Forum. WGF was one of the Forum Partners of the Water Integrity Forum in the Netherlands in June 2013.

WGF holds a seat in the steering committee of the OECD Water Governance Initiative (OECD WGI), which was initiated together with the OECD at the 6th World Water Forum held in Marseille in 2012. It is a multi-stakeholder network of public, private and not-for-profit actors that gather twice a year in a Policy Forum to advance the global water governance agenda and foster continued cooperation on integrity and transparency in the time period between the World Water Fora. On 4 June 2015, the OECD Water Governance Principles were welcomed by the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting. WGF is now part of developing the next phase of the OECD WGI, relating to the implementation and monitoring of the Principles.

SIWI also sits on the Advisory Committee for the development of a Water Ethics Charter jointly led by the UNESCO IHP, the French Water Academy and the Water-Culture Institute.

Through the development of tools and approaches, and through documentation and adaptation of global best practices, WGF strives to enrich the global knowledge base on water integrity. Through targeted capacity building of water stakeholders across the world, this knowledge is translated into actual pro-integrity changes on the ground. Currently, regional programmes are being implemented in the Middle East and North Africa Region, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America based on our Training Manual on Water Integrity. To ensure the effectiveness of these regional capacity building programmes, they have been foregone by studies aimed at identifying the specific capacity needs and the existing water integrity initiatives in the respective regions SADC and Latin America.

WGF, in partnership with Water integrity Network (WIN), Cap-Net and WaterNet developed a Training Manual on Water Integrity in 2011, which has been translated since then into four other languages. The training manual is developed to assist in developing training and educational sessions on water integrity and how it can be promoted and implemented in practice. 

The manual is available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. It consists of seven basic training modules – with supporting Power Point presentations – that provide substance on a number of issues focussing on water integrity and how it relates to water governance and integrated water resources management.

The Training Manual on Water Integrity, and supporting Power Point presentations can be downloaded here under the Resources section.