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Tuesday, October 23 • 8:30am - 10:00am
How OECD's Principles on Water Governance Promote Accountability, Sustainable Development and Social Justice Together

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Under the leadership of the OECD and the multi-stakeholder Water Governance Initiative (WGI), the 12 OECD ‘Principles’ were promulgated in 2015 to promote good governance in the water sector through improving effectiveness, efficiency and trust and engagement; Principle 9 focuses on Integrity and Transparency. These Principles are supported by the 35 OECD member countries, 7 non-member countries and 140+ stakeholder groups, including Transparency International. Since then, the WGI has catalyzed governance success stories as well as developed and tested indicators (in 12 countries and 4 continents) to support the implementation of the Principles, consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Going forward, the WGI aims to widen its focus and reach, to include capacity development, and a substantial number of African countries. The aims of this session are to: (a) demonstrate how the OECD ‘Principles ‘ provide a framework for promoting accountability, sustainable development and social justice in the water sector; and (b) engage new stakeholders in the Principles’ implementation.

The water sector is vulnerable to corruption because of: (a) its fragmented governance; (b) its high investment requirements; and (c) high levels of involvement of the corruption-prone construction sector in implementing hydraulic infrastructure investments. Thus, it is appropriate to review the approach of the WGI to address these and related challenges, including the implementation of Water Governance Principle 9 and its relevance in meeting the SDG 16.5 targets “substantial reduction in bribery and corruption”.

The session’s target group includes stakeholders interested/involved in: promoting good governance in the water sector i.e. advocacy CSOs and other water sector actors, agencies engaged in anticorruption reforms and programs; supreme audit institutions and private sector institutions; sectoral initiatives i.e. the media and development partners/donors; and improving governance in other SDGs, where water plays a critical part e.g. Affordable and Clean Energy and Life on Land.

Session Rapporteur:  Umrbek Allakulov

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Christiaan Poortman

Senior Advisor/Chair, Transparency International/Construction Sector Transparency Initiative
Christiaan (Chrik) Poortman is a Senior Advisor to TI, including representing TI, at the Climate Investment Fund. He is the Chair of the Board of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST). Chrik is a member of the Board of the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) which... Read More →

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Dr. Aziza Akhmouch

Acting Head of the Cities, Urban Policies, and Sustainable Development Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Her job at the OECD consists in advising governments at all levels on how to design and implement better urban policies for better lives. To do so, the division carries out evidence-based economic analysis, benchmarks and peer-reviews on a diversity of topics such as metropolitan... Read More →
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Samuel Kimeu

Executive Director/Member of the International Board, Transparency International Kenya/Transparency International
Samuel Kimeu is a lawyer and a human rights activist who has served as executive director of TI Kenya since 2010. Through this role he has contributed to governance provisions in the constitution of Kenya and worked on various Kenyan anti-corruption laws. He is also the national convenor... Read More →
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Joannie Leclerc

Dialogue and Societal Impact Director, SUEZ
Graduated in public policy, Joannie Leclerc started her career as a public affairs and crisis communications consultant with the international public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. For 7 years, as a specialist in environmental policies and stakeholder engagement, she supported... Read More →
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Gari Villa-Landa

Head of International Affairs, Spanish Association of Water Supply and Sanitation (AEAS)
Gari Villa-Landa is a Molecular Biologist with 3 master courses: Environmental Management, Planning & Management of Cooperation for Development and Water Law. She has worked in the Conference of Ibero-American Water Directors (CODIA), organising its meetings, coordinating the Ibero-American... Read More →

Workshop Coordinators
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Donal O'Leary

Senior Advisor, Transparency International
Since 2005, Donal has been an advisor for Transparency International (TI), focusing on promoting good governance/anti-corruption in the water /hydropower sectors, including in procurement. He represents TI on the Steering Committee of the OECD Water Governance Initiative that facilitated... Read More →

Tuesday October 23, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am CEST
Workshop Room 3
  Open Side Meeting, Panel Debate
  • Organiser Transparency International