WSI Operating Principles

 

 

Integrity risks can be addressed and mitigated by adhering to a number of key WSI operating principles. Seven such principles are introduced here to provide aspirational direction for managing integrity in WSIs. The WSI operating principles are ordered to correlate with tackling those integrity risks identified as most hazardous as well as most likely.

Each is accompanied by a series of Guiding Questions to help WSI practitioners understand how to operationalize the principles. Use the Guiding Questions to assess how well your WSI is addressing certain issues and then identify key activities to undertake (further explained in Applying Principles in Practice).

The seven types of integrity risks are as follows:

  • Principle 1: Seek to align with, support, and strengthen public policy that advances sustainable water management; be careful not to undermine public institutions or water governance.
  • Principle 2: Ensure appropriate and balanced representation of interests throughout the course of the WSI.
  • Principle 3: Be clear and transparent about the roles and responsibilities of WSI participants, and ensure that their capabilities are adequate (or are sufficiently developed) to fulfill them.
  • Principle 4: Be clear and transparent about the water challenge(s) being addressed by the WSI, as well as the agreed scope and intended benefits.
  • Principle 5: Be clear and transparent about how the WSI is to be governed.
  • Principle 6: Track outcomes against the stated objectives of the WSI.
  • Principle 7: Foster an ethos of trust, and establish expectations for behavior of WSI participants.

The seven principles are divided into three categories: Principles Related to Outcomes [Blue], Principles Related to People [Purple], and Principles Related to Process [Green]. Click the buttons below to learn more about each category.

Principles Related to Outcomes

Principles Related to People

Principles Related to Process

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