UNESCO-IHE organised a week long introduction into the topic water integrity for its new batch of Msc students in October 2013. This course was organised in follow-up to the Water Integrity Forum that took place in June 2013. Concepts highlighting the various facets of water-related integrity and good water governance set the stage for the master studies of approximately 150 young and mid-career water professionals.
Water Integrity concepts
Accountability is a broad concept that entails several dimensions and is often used in different ways. Some see it as a mechanism to hold people and institutions accountable, whereas others may see it as a concept referring to the actual application and implementation of rules and standards.
Participation can refer to water-users rights and responsibilities to play a role in the water sector decision-making process and in holding officials and those in public service to account.
Transparency refers to the right of citizens to access relevant information. Openness and public access to information are vital, so that water-users can understand the decision-making processes that affect them. This makes citizens knowledgeable about the standards to expect from public officials and enables them to protect their rights.