Water Integrity Network

Water is vital for life: the life of every human being on this planet, and the life of the planet itself. Yet, despite international agreements over many decades, access to safe, clean and adequate water supply and sanitation services is still not available to all – especially the poorest in the world. Water integrity means ensuring resources and services go where they are intended – and most needed – so that water is fairly and sustainably managed. It is about honest, transparent, accountable, and inclusive decision-making by water stakeholders, striving for equity and sustainability in water management. The Water Integrity Network believes in open discourse around integrity and the issues it tackles, while proactively implementing measures to strengthen governance processes, manage risks, and keep corruption out. Lack of integrity in water can mean: water governance is not fair, sustainable or effective; reform and projects fail; and corruption – to which the sector is particularly vulnerable – diverts resources from where they are needed. An example of where water integrity would benefit communities is in the Podor region of Senegal, where the mismanagement of private operators has led to the unhealthy and unsustainable running and maintaining of water points. Here, people and livestock must come together and drink, side-by-side, from the same source.There is a lack of transparency in the complex calculation of water fees, leaving nomadic farmers paying inconsistent and exorbitant amounts of money to access this vital resource. About the photographer, Antoine Delepière: Antoine is an International Water and Sanitation expert at UNDP's Water & Ocean Governance Programme, based with the UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Antoine has over 19 years’ experience with water and sanitation development. With a focus on the water and sanitation service delivery, operation, and maintenance management, Antoine works within cross-cutting issues of environmental and social impact, disaster risk reduction, and human rights. He has advocated for the importance of human rights-based approach in humanitarian response. His most recent work focuses on accountability and sustainability aspects in relation to water and sanitation management.

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