About this Course
This online instructor-led course aims to create awareness and strengthen water governance through increased knowledge on how to improve transparency and accountability.
By the end of the course participants will:
- understand the main concepts and principles behind water integrity, transparency, and accountability; as well as the ways in which corruption may occur in the water sector, its drivers, and impacts;
- understand the need for effective changes and be familiar with tools that can be applied to achieve water integrity;
- be familiar with examples of good practices related to promoting integrity, accountability and combating corruption in the water sector.
- have access to useful up-to-date materials in support of specific subject areas for water integrity.
Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of 4 hours per week to the course. This time dedication should be enough to review basic readings and participate in all activities (forums, exercises, multiple choices). Those with no previous knowledge of groundwater or borehole drilling will require an additional 2 hours per week. All participants who wish to read suggested readings and related videos will require more time.
Ensuring commitment to the course and avoiding dropout
In order to minimise dropout from the course, all selected participants will have to complete a mandatory pre-course survey (designed to confirm interest in the course and establish a knowledge base). If they do not answer this pre-course survey, they will not be eligible for the course.
The course is structured by modules. Each module will run for one week, during which course participants must read basic contents and participate in suggested activities.
In all modules, participants are expected to:
- Read basic contents
- Participate in the modules´ forum
- Prepare an individual assignment (when applicable)
- Respond a set of multiple choice questions
Participants will also have access to recommended readings, videos, and suggested websites.
- Module 1: Introduction to the course. Water Integrity in a water governance framework: Sept 30 – Oct 20
- Module 2: Corruption in the water sector and the need for change processes: October 11 – 20
- Module 3: Laws, institutions, and instruments: October 21 – 31
- Module 4: Integrity management: November 1 – 10
- Module 5: Water integrity and the way towards Sustainable Development Goals: November 11 – 18
- Extension for course completion: November 18 -29
Criteria for course completion and certification
In order to pass the course and receive a certificate, participants need to score a minimum of 50 points and must submit at least one of the two assignments in the course, as well as participating in discussion forums and answering quizzes:
- Participating in forums gives 4 points per module (20 points if you participate in each module forum, 5 along the course)
- Quizzes also give 4 points each (5 quizzes = 20 points).
- Assignments give 30 points each (2 assignments = 60 points)
Regardless of this minimum level of 50 points for course completion, we do expect a very high level of activity and interaction. Participants who obtain at least 50 points will receive a certificate granted by the course organizers.
Course contents will be facilitated by a team of specialists representing the Water Integrity Network (WIN); UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI, CEWAs, and Cap-Net UNDP. A course coordinator and the virtual campus technical support team will be present for the entire course.
Programme Manager.Alice´s main responsibility is to assist in coordinating the full range of WGF’s support component activities, as well as to provide support to develop the water governance knowledge base, including the coordination of WGF’s communication and outreach programme.
Position: Programme Manager | Areas of expertise: Accountability and Regulation in WASH, Water integrity, WASH governance and Enabling environment | Regional expertise: Africa, Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, South-East Asia, The Americas | Languages: English, French, Spanish |
Ms. Avello is a Programme Manager at SIWI’s Water Governance department and one of SIWI’s experts on integrity and accountability in the water sector. Currently, Ms. Avello is leading Water integrity projects in Latin America and South East Asia and is part of the SIWI team for the Accountability for Sustainability partnership with UNICEF, focusing on WASHBAT methodology and implementation, and Accountability mapping tools. Ms. Avello has great experience in developing and facilitating participatory methodologies and workshops. Ms. Avello has 10 years’ experience working on different aspects of democratic governance. Prior to join SIWI, she worked for UNDP and UN DPKO in Latin America and West Africa. She holds an Executive MSc in Public Administration (EMPA) , MSc in International Business Administration and a MA in Public Relations and Advertising
Position: Programme Manager | Areas of expertise: Water Governance, Water Integrity, Anti-corruption, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Capacity Building | Regional expertise: Africa, MENA, Europe, South-East Asia, | Languages: English, French, Dutch, Spanish |
Mr Leten joined SIWI in 2011. In his position of Programme Manager Mr Leten coordinates the water integrity promotion and capacity-building activities at UNDP Water Governance Facility. He provides advisory services in the areas of water governance performance and institutional strengthening. Since 2011 he manages Regional Water Integrity Capacity-Building Programmes, in the Sub-Saharan, Middle East and Mediterranean regions. Till 2014 he facilitated the Africa Working Group of the EU Water Initiative which is an Afro-European platform for transcontinental collaboration. He has more than 20 years of experience in the water sector in Europe, Africa Middle East and South East-Asia. For over 15 years, he has been working with diverse policy and strategy development activities and institutional reforms of the water sector. He’s particularity interested in stakeholder mobilisation and participation in inclusive governance, as well as in understanding what can drive the required collective actions in Good Water Governance.
Håkan has over 15 years’ experience in water governance and institutional change, water policy reform, integrated water resources management, water economics, transboundary water and water integrity.
He has worked in South Asia, Europe and Africa providing policy advice, research and capacity development within the UN, policy think tanks, research institutions and donor agencies. Since 2004, Tropp led the water governance department, including the Water Governance Facility, of the Stockholm International Water Institute.
He explores, develops and pursues tangible solutions for water governance and resource management challenges, whether it is through facilitating change or supporting organizational or business development processes. For more the past 10 years Janek has been working on integrity-related projects in the water sector in East Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. He is one of the lead developers of the integrity management approach for water sector organizations and other tools to promote water integrity. He further is a guest lecturer on strategies and instruments for sustainable development and good governance at the Humboldt University Berlin.
Cap-Net´s Virtual Campus Coordinator. Damian has facilitated water-related courses in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, and participated as team member for the development of various training manuals. He is passionate for innovative learning approaches and partnership building for human and environmental development.
The Water Integrity Network (WIN) is a network of organizations and individuals promoting water integrity to reduce corruption and improve water sector performance worldwide. WIN works to raise awareness on the impact of corruption -especially on the poor and disenfranchised- assesses integrity risk and promotes practical responses. The network’s vision is a world with equitable and sustained access to water and a clean environment, which is no longer threatened by corruption, greed, dishonesty and wilful malpractice.
The UNDP Water Governance Facility (WGF) at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is an initiative that was launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Sida). The programme is a mechanism to implement parts of the UNDP Water Governance Programme. The UNDP Water Governance Facility supports developing countries on a demand basis to strengthen water governance and reduce poverty through policy support and advisory services in multiple thematic areas, including: integrated water resources management, transboundary water, water supply and sanitation, climate change adaptation, South-South collaboration, experience and best practices exchange, gender, and capacity building.
Is an international multi-stakeholder network of members from the public, private and non-for-profit sectors gathering regularly to share good practices in support of better governance in the water sector. The OECD Water Governance Initiative:
- Provides a multi-stakeholder technical platform to share knowledge, experience and best practices on water governance across levels of government.
- Advises governments in taking the needed steps for effective water reforms through peer-to-peer dialogue and stakeholder engagement across public, private and non-profit sectors.
- Provides a consultation mechanism to raise the profile of governance in the Global Water Agenda.
- Supports the implementation of the OECD Principles on Water Governance in interested member and non-member countries, basins and cities by scaling up best practices and developing indicators.
- Fosters continuity on governance discussions at global level, in particular by supporting the Implementation Roadmap on Governance of the World Water Forums.
Is a Swiss non-profit association specialised in improving business practices in water and sanitation through training and awareness-raising so as to increase the sector’s integrity and sustainability. CEWAS works with a wide range of partners across the fields of water, sanitation and entrepreneurship and are backed by a think tank of renowned experts and specialists.
Cap-Net is an international network for capacity development in sustainable water management. It is made up of a partnership of autonomous international, regional and national institutions and networks committed to capacity development in the water sector. At Global level Cap-Net works with 23 regional and country level capacity development networks with about 1.000 member organisations in 120 countries, and numerous international partners. Cap-Net UNDP delivers training and education to water professionals in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The course is open to a maximum of 80 participants representing various stakeholder groups from the entire water sector worldwide and who are interested to actively follow the course, participate in all activities, and complete all modules.
• stakeholders and professionals forming part of water management, civil society, river basin or international organizations; development programmes and members of UN organizations; and representatives of the private sector;
• decision makers, policy makers, and high-level professionals and managers active in governmental bodies;
• capacity developers active in the fields of water integrity, sustainable water management, Integrated Water Resources Management, Human Rights Based Approaches, representatives of the WASH Media Network, amongst others;
As this an introductory course, participants are not expected to have previous knowledge on water integrity.
Sponsored by a partnership of international development organisations, the course is free.
Interested participants may apply online starting in August 1 until September 7
This course is (co)-organized by
September 30, 2019 - November 29, 2019