In most countries water crises are not due to resource scarcity but primarily to governance failures. The Mutli-Country Water Integrity Programme aims to fight corruption and mismanagement in the water and sanitation sector.
Corruption can be found at every point along the water value chain from policy design and budget allocations to operations and billing systems. This incurs huge cost for societies, in lost lives, stalling development, wasted talent and degraded natural resources.
With country programs in Guatemala, Mozambique and Nepal (implemented by Helvetas) as well as Kenya (implemented by Caritas), the Multi-Country Water Integrity Programme is about the adherence of water stakeholders and institutions to good governance principles based on core values of honesty, equity and professionalism.
The program to date has implemented social accountability tools and capacity-building initiatives to transform relationships between communities, governments and service providers ensuring that decision-making in the water sector is transparent and inclusive.
In this project, Helvetas pursues the following main objectives:
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