Water Integrity: Contribution to the Water Integrity Network and to the Country Programmes

Progetto concluso

Lack of water integrity and high levels of corruption preclude quality governance of the water sector, the efficient achievement of safe water and adequate sanitation for all. Following a human-based approach, this programme aims to increase water integrity by supporting advocacy work at the global level, as well as country programmes which aim to increase transparency, accountability and participation at the national, regional and local levels.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Diritti umani
Conservazione delle risorse idriche
Politica del settore idrico
Acqua potabile e strutture igieniche elementari (WASH) (til 2016)
Igieniche d'aqua
Diritti dell'uomo (diritti delle donne inclusi)
01.08.2015 - 30.06.2019
CHF  2’983’000

Water is a scarce resource and still not everyone has access to safe water and adequate sanitation. To improve the situation, large flows of both public and private money are invested in the sector. On the other hand, informal actors often play a key role in service delivery. As the sector is being regarded as highly technical by most actors, the voice of most vulnerable communities who lack access to water and sanitation facilities is often neglected. This makes the water sector particularly prone to corruption at all scales, from grand to petty corruption. The World Bank estimates that 20 to 40% of water sector finances are being lost to dishonest practices, which are both a cause and a consequence of poor governance in the water sector.


Water integrity is a common principle and practice in the water sector and right holders are empowered thus leading to better water management and equitable and sustained access to water and sanitation pursuing a pro-poor and pro-equity focus.

Gruppi target

The final beneficiaries of the interventions are marginalised communities who are suffering from poor levels of integrity and cannot have access to safe water and adequate sanitation.

Direct beneficiaries include: i) local communities and civil society ii) governments at the local, regional and national levels iii) members of WIN and especially its Swiss-based members.

Effetti a medio termine
  • Water Integrity is on the agenda of the global water sector and strengthened throughout all levels of action.
  • The capacities and systems of governments to oversee and manage quality water services with integrity are strengthened.
  • Communities and Civil Society advocate for improved WASH policies and demand better services.
  • Water Integrity is a common principle and practice for Swiss-based organisations (and their partners) working with the Global South and is incorporated in their initiatives and projects

Risultati principali attesi:  

  • WIN secretariat plays a leading role in collecting, exchanging and processing relevant evidence-based information from the country programmes for regional and global water policy dialogues.
  • Country output.
  • Swiss-based organisations and their partners share internally and with each other experiences in applying integrity principles of transparency, accountability and participation.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

  • At a global level, WIN-S made proactive contributions to the OECD draft principles for good water governance, including a dedicated integrity and transparency principle. This confirmed WIN’s position as a strong advocacy network on water integrity at the global level.
  • In Nepal, through the influence of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and their local partner, the outline of the new WASH sector plan includes at the time being water integrity.
  • In Mozambique, transparency and accountability were enhanced in the allocation and spending of budgets for the water sector.
  • Tools and methodologies have been and are being implemented in various countries and initiatives (Guatemala and Kenya).

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
Economia privata
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Settore privato svizzero
  • Water Integrity Network (WIN),

Partner attuatore
Helvetas, Caritas

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

In addition to its advocacy and awareness raising work the secretariat coordinates the Multi Country Water Integrity Programmes, which are part of its global strategy, implemented in this case by Helvetas and Caritas.

Other project actors are: SDC cooperation offices, governments at the national, regional and local levels, civil society and local communities, members of WIN and in particular Swiss-based members of WIN

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    2’983’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    2’839’632 Progetto totale dalla prima fase Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF   6’640’000
Fasi del progetto Fase 4 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023   (Fase in corso)

Fase 3 01.08.2015 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)

Fase 2 01.07.2012 - 30.06.2015   (Completed) Fase 1 01.09.2009 - 30.06.2012   (Completed)