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Tackling Corruption in the Water Sector

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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.

  • Project Name
    Multi-Country Water Integrity Programme (MCWIP)
  • Project Phase
    2015 to 2019
  • Funding
    This mandate is funded by Water Integrity Network e.V.
  • Thematic focus
    Governance, Peace & Migration

Transparent decision-making

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.

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Water pump, Mozambique © Simon B. Opladen
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Rain water tank, Nepal © Helvetas
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Well in Gabo Delgado, Mozambique © Flurina Rothenberger
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Inclusive actions

In this project, Helvetas pursues the following main objectives:

  • Developing and implementing of water regulations and policies.
  • Encouraging the participation of women to voice their views on water issues.
  • Strengthening the capacities of local municipalities on transparency and participation in the local decision-making.
  • Enabling spaces for dialogue on water management at local, regional and national levels.
  • Developing budget tracking and monitoring mechanisms of funds allocated for the water sector.
  • Producing knowledge products for further dissemination.

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The most vulnerable communities of the world suffer from dirty water. Every year, we support up to 500,000 people in getting access to clean drinking water and sanitary facilities.

How Helvetas Supports People in Mozambique

Millions are faced with nothing: In Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, Cyclone Idai has claimed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives and destroyed the livelihoods of millions of people. And the disaster continues: rivers are still rising in the affected areas. There is a lack of clean drinking water and shelter. The harvest has been destroyed. Diseases threaten the people. Helvetas and Solidar are joining forces to help the affected people in Mozambique.

Governance, Peace & Migration

In many countries where we work, men and women are unable to claim their rights and participate actively in decision-making processes.