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Participants from the East Africa Integrity Forum 2017 have identified key integrity concerns on eight themes.
At the Forum in May 2017, non-profit actors, politicians, civil society organisations, UN agencies and research institutions shared their experiences and discussed actions needed to further strengthen and promote integrity in the water sector. This has resulted in a two-pager that will be used as a call to joint action in the region. Partners and country programmes are asked to work together on learning, speaking and acting for the common purpose of enhancing political priority for good water governance and integrity in East and Southern Africa.
Some of the key concerns listed are:
Urban water management: integrated urban water management is vulnerable to poor service delivery, dishonesty and corrupt practices because it has to balance many competing interests and is related to huge investments.
Monitoring: little data and evidence is available on the status of integrity, which is why baseline studies are urgently necessary. Monitoring integrity and evaluating the quality and sustainability of water services can help assess the impact of projects and enhance service accountability.
SDG Financing: there is a huge financing gap in the water sector. Corruption and the lack of transparency on how funds are allocated decrease the financing for infrastructure development, operation and maintenance, and the institutions available required to deliver adequate services.
The three day East Africa Water Integrity Forum 2017: Linking Policy with Practice was co-convened by the Water Integrity Network (WIN), the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE) in collaboration with partners including GWP, IRC, IWMI, the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI, OECD, GIZ, MetaMeta, and KEWASNET. For more information on the Forum including an IRC blog and news items, see the Useful Links below.