Scope, Audience, and Structure

 

 

With funding support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the project co-leads, the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate (Mandate), and the Water Integrity Network (WIN) — in collaboration with Partnerships in Practice Ltd., Pegasys Strategy and Development Ltd., and Water Witness International — have developed these good practice guidelines for WSI integrity management. The guidelines respond to the integrity challenges facing WSIs that were identified during field work research. The guidelines include a practical framework and quality management processes together with a suite of practical supporting tools geared toward ensuring high levels of integrity and transparency in WSIs. The guidelines are primarily targeted at WSI practitioners, those individuals responsible for facilitating or implementing the WSI or who are active participants within a WSI. The guidelines may also be useful for those external audiences interested in understanding how to ensure or promote effective, equitable, and sustainable WSIs in a basin.

These guidelines are organized into several parts:

  • Understanding Integrity introduces the concept of integrity as it relates to water stewardship initiatives, and integrity risks.
  • Principles explores key concepts to adhere to in order to maintain integrity in WSIs.
  • Integrity in Practice explains how to actually implement these concepts on the ground.
  • Supporting Tools is a collection of practical tools that can be used by practitioners as they embark upon key activities relating to their water stewardship collective action.

In developing these guidelines, the project team undertook extensive field assessments to understand the integrity risks that WSIs typically face. Seven WSI operating principles were then developed to address commonly encountered WSI integrity risks. In turn, key activities and guiding questions were developed to help WSI participants implement these WSI operating principles. A suite of supporting tools is provided to assist implementation of these key activities. To provide a practical starting point, this includes guidance on holding a participatory workshop where WSI participants can prioritize integrity risks, select and plan integrity risk management activities, and safeguard the impact of their WSI. The relationships between these different elements of an integrity management framework are laid out in the figure below.

 

Components of WSI Integrity Management Framework

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