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Water integrity assessment learned by CSOs

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  • 27th September, 2021 05:37:40 PM
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Water integrity assessment learned by CSOs

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In the need of wide sharing of Integrity Tools with other stakeholders to create Action plan and better Advocacy initiative on WASH sector; DORP in association with BAWIN has organised a Training Workshop on September 27.

Around 18 participants from CSOs, Media, Academia, field personal have participated at the Training Workshop. This workshop has focused on improving integrity in a proactive and positive means to improve service delivery, sector management and coordination for sustainability.

There are many ways water sector stakeholders can take action to increase transparency, accountability, and participation, and introduce anti-corruption measures to build integrity, the workshop mentioned.

To find the right path for action in different contexts, it needs a better understanding of key risks and willing partners, participants said.

The participants of the Workshop have learned about how the Key governance areas -- policy and legislation, regulation, finance and investments, service provision and anti-corruption affect the integrity issues.

They have also learned how Annotated Water Integrity Scan (AWIS), a qualitative tool, helps to figure out the whole scenario of integrity gap among service providers and service recipients by quick participatory assessment of the integrity situation in the water sector at national or local level.

Md Emdadul Hoq Chowdhury, Joint Secretary (Policy Support Branch), Local Government Division, attended the event as chief guest while Md Alamgir Hossen (Deputy Director and SDG Focal Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics) and  Binayak Das-(Regional and Programme Coordinator – South Asia, Integrity Tools Water Integrity Network-WIN) as special guest.

They have come to a consensus that these tools will be applicable and very helpful to assess the integrity gap in water, sanitation and hygiene sector and will enable to ensure transparency, accountability and participation in this sector.

It has been learned that this tools engaged various stakeholders in Ramgati and Bhola to improve water and sanitation in 30 schools and madrasas installing new tubewells and toilets. The assessments have brought change in these existing facilities which were not functional.