Tool 1: Analyzing and Addressing Risks


Quick reference

Purpose Establishes the most important integrity risks that undermine the WSI’s contribution to sustainable water management, and provides the basis for systematically managing and mitigating integrity risks.

  • Raises awareness of critical aspects and weaknesses that undermine the impact of the WSI.
  • Analyzes when a WSI may be misused to divert public resources and priorities or for undue influence over the water sector.
Possible Users WSI participants

Guidance for implementation

The purpose of conducting an integrity risk assessment is to identify the WSI’s specific integrity risks and, in turn, to identify the measures needed to ensure high levels of integrity among its participants, for the governance and management of the initiative, and for its relationship with the local context and environment. Understanding which integrity risks are most likely and hazardous serves as the basis for efficient and effective management.

Given the diversity of WSIs, the most appropriate timing and approach to analyzing integrity risks should be decided on a case-by-case basis. However, it need not be an onerous or resource-heavy process; it is simply about scoping out the potential integrity problems that a WSI could face. The earlier, more inclusively, and more thoroughly this can be done, the better. The approaches below can help WSI participants understand integrity risks. Tool 1a: WSI Integrity Risk Assessment builds on desk reviews and interviews of key informants to help generate the most relevant information. Integrity risks can also be assessed as part of a larger meeting or over the course of several regular management workshops. Tool 1b: Facilitator’s Guide for Participatory WSI Integrity Risk Management Exercises provides a sequence of exercises that can guide WSI participants in analyzing integrity and other risks a WSI may face. Facilitation by an independent and experienced third party, using a well-adapted process, will help create a safe place for stakeholders to share their fears and anxieties about integrity issues the WSI may encounter and to build trust and openness. Generating a shared understanding of integrity risks is a very valuable process in itself, and only in very challenging contexts may it be more appropriate for WSI managers to conduct the assessment in private.

The undue influence or “capture” of public policy, public funds, or regulatory processes, or of the water resource itself, are perhaps the most significant integrity hazards facing WSIs. Tool 1c: Red Flags to Assess and Monitor Capture Risks provides detailed guidance not only for WSI initiators and participants, but also for affected stakeholders to identify these hazards and highlight where and how capture might happen.

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