Promoting water integrity and fighting corruption in the water sector has the potential to create dramatic and lasting improvement for human dignity, health and equitable access to water. Additionally, it helps to create a fertile ground for socio-economic development and investments in water.
Starting in 2014, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Water Governance Facility at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is implementing a regional Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme in the Middle East and North Africa (WI MENA) in collaboration with regional and local partners.
The overall objective of the programme is to develop capacities of the different water stakeholders in the MENA region to improve transparency and accountability practices in water resources management.
During 2014 the programme conducted water integrity risk assessments and mapped the capacity needs of the main stakeholders in water resources management in five pilot countries, namely Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia.
Aiming at developing capacities of various water stakeholders in water integrity in the MENA region, thereby improving transparency and accountability practices in water resources management, thirty participants from Oman to Morocco successfully participated in the first Regional Water Integrity Training course for the MENA region that was held on 14 and 15 January 2015 at the Dead Sea in Jordan in connection to the 3rd Arab Water Week.
The Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) hosted this first regional course, which is organized by SIWI in cooperation with the International Union for Conservation of Nature – Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN ROWA), the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network (AWARENET), which is hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA), the Cap-Net UNDP affiliated regional network on capacity development in sustainable water management for the Arab region and the Global Water Partnership (GWP) Mediterranean. This course marks the start of training workshops, specifically tailored for the MENA region as part of the WI MENA programme. It aims at reaching out the wider MENA region, beyond the five pilot countries and the specific target groups of the WI MENA programme.
Existing training material on water integrity has been adapted to fit the needs as identified, and a pool of water integrity trainers have been created to deliver the water integrity trainings on the ground.
The participants learned about methods to improve transparency, accountability and participation in the water sector for more sustainable water management. They also had the chance to define Water Integrity from their point of views.
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Mufleh Abbadi, Water and Climate Change Programme manager at: