Water Integrity means establishing Water TAP: Transparency – Accountability – Participation.
Water is allocated and distributed in fair and efficient ways for all water users. It also means ensuring that the financial resources of the utility are protected and used for the intended purposes. Water Integrity is therefore related to good governance and compliance (which means conforming to rules, such as procedures, specifications, policy, standards or law) and individual work ethics. [Please also refer to chapter 26 of the «Water Impact Guidebook» which is part of the «Library section»]
Specific challenges in the MENA region include:
- Weak governance structures in many MENA countries, e.g. lack of compliance mechanism, law prevalence and enforcement;
- Shortage of experts on governance, and integrity issues;
- Top down decision-making and hierarchical working structures;
- Low acceptance of reform systems;
- Low acceptance to address and tackle WI-issues (TAP, corruption) at all levels
- Weak communication and cooperation at workplace;
- Weak culture of open debate; lack of trust; lack of mutual support; lack of confidence,
- Widespread culture of patronage-system and clientelism (supporting relatives, friends, old-boys networks).
[Refer to the Library-Section for a general introduction of the Water-TAP / Water Integrity principles]