AWARENET Co-organizes third Water Integrity Training for the Arab Region in Tunis, Tunisia, 7-8 December 2016

The water sector, like many other sectors with large-scale infrastructure projects, public sector involvement as well as high technical complexity and multiple stakeholders, is at risk of corruption. The Global Outlook on Water Integrity estimates that $75 billion of water investments is lost to corruption annually.

Tunis 1Water is indispensable for human health and welfare, therefore corruption in this sector can have extremely harmful consequences. Integrity consists of choosing to think and act based on values rather than personal gain, thus every stakeholder in the water sector has a role to play in ensuring ethical behavior and create integrity change. AWARENET, jointly with GWP-Med, SIWI organized the third Regional Training Course on Water Integrity on 7-8 December 2016 in Tunis, Tunisia, to build the capacity of water managers in applying water integrity tools.

Twenty-one policy-makers from seven countries in the Arab region learnt how to assess integrity risks and applied the water integrity toolbox, including risk reduction and water integrity strengthening tools. The toolbox supports organisations in improving their performance by helping them to make integrity a core part of their business. Participants were equipped with instruments to help them become actors of change for good governance in their institutions.

Tunis 2Data on corruption levels in the Arab region is scarce, however anecdotal evidence suggests a lack of transparency and integrity which undermines effective water governance. Raising awareness and training more stakeholders on how to prevent un-ethical practices and improve the governance of water resource management and service delivery, will lead to transparency and accountability in institutions and the water sector as a whole.

The third Regional Training Course on Water Integrity was organized as part of the “MENA Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme” through its partners GWP-Med, IUCN-ROWA and SIWI, and co-organized with AWARENET, a network of UNDP Cap-Net and UfM.

For more information, please visit: http://awarenet.info/  and 

http://watergovernance.org/programmes/water-integrity/water-integrity-capacity-building-programme-in-mena/

AWARENET members at World Water Week 2016 in Stockholm

World Water Week 2016 in Stockholm is coming up on 28 August - 2 September 2016! This year's theme is ‘Water for Sustainable Growth’.

The event reprSIWI-WWW-Logo_2015_267x100cesents a great opportunity to meet other AWARENET members, attend their events and discuss potential collaboration.
Therefore, please let us know if you will be attending, so that we can pool the information and send out a list of participants to those who will be there. Send us your Name, Organisation, Events that you are hosting or co-organising, by email to secretariat@awarenet.info and awarenet-escwa@un.org and we will connect you with other AWARENET members that will attend.

Events relevant to IWRM in the Arab Region will take place (a few selected below) as well as events with relevance to AWARENET Working Group Topics, including Water Integrity and Climate Change:

  • Informing the SDGs through the Arab MDG+ initiative by the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association, League of Arab States, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and ESCWA
  • MENA Focus: World Café 2016 / water, growth, stability by the Regional Environmental Center
  • Closing Plenary with speaker Dr. Abdeladim El Hafi, High Commissioner for COP22, High Commissioner for Water, Forestry and Fight Against Desertification, Morocco

You can access the programme for details here: www.worldwaterweek.org and www.worldwaterweek.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2016-WWW-Call-for-registration-web-7.pdf

We hope to hear from you and look forward to connecting you with each other!

3rd regional Training Course “Water Integrity for the MENA Region”, postponed to December 2016 (tentative dates)

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AWARENET together with its partners UNDP WGF @ SIWI, IUCN-ROWA, GWP-Med postponed the 3rd regional Training Course "Water Integrity for MENA Region" to December 2016 (tentative dates). The training course is part of the SIWI-led and UfM-labelled Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme in MENA, co-sponsored by Sida, Cap-Net UNDP and GWP-Med. Further details to follow.

Started: AWARENET E-Learning Series “Water Integrity for Arab Countries”

The first session of an E-learning series on "Water Integrity for Arab Countries" was held 23 February 2016 using the Cap-Net Virtual Campus. The series is jointly organized by AWARENET in cooperation with the UNDP Water Governance Facility at the Stockholm International Water Institute SIWI and Cap-Net UNDP. It is designed for professionals in the water and environmental sectors in Arab countries interested to learn about approaches to addresses the challenges related to water integrity.

Participants of the first session included professors, engineers and consultants who accessed the learning platform from across the Middle East and North Africa and were able to engage in live discussions with the other attendees. The presenters were Adam Torrey from AWARENET and Alice Jaraiseh from SIWI.

To access a recording of the presentation you may visit:
AWARENET Webinar No 1 https://goo.gl/FYPr10

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The second session took place on 3 May 2016 with Dr. Abdelrahman Tamimi from the Palestinian Hydrology Group as presenter.

The third session will take place on 14 August 2015 with Dr. Muwaffaq Saqqar from Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development.

More details will soon be circulated to interested AWARENET members and posted on the AWARENET website: www.awarenet.info

For more information please contact: awarenet-unescwa@un.org , secretariat@awarenet.info .

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