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Activists form network to fight corruption in water sector

A new country based Water Integrity Network coalition has been formed to fight corruption in the water sector in Bangladesh.

The multi-stakeholder coalition BAWIN (Bangladesh Water Integrity Network) was founded by Transparency International- Bangladesh (TI-B), Bangladesh Water Partnership (BWP), Nagorik Udyog (Citizens’ Intitiative), and the Water Resource Planning Organisation (WARPO). It echoes WIN’s approach to bring together water sector and transparency focused professionals to promote transparency and prevent corruption in the water sector in South Asia and worldwide.

The BAWIN coalition states that a huge portion of resources available for water sector development are lost to corruption. Those involved in corrupt practice become powerful through networks ranging from top to bottom. Therefore, corruption in the water sector cannot be isolated from the overall context and must be addressed through a strategic multi-stakeholder approach including civil society, government and the private sector.

As one of its first joint activities, BAWIN supported by WIN-S, will launch a water integrity survey about the state of corruption in the Bangladeshi water sector. Further activities will include the facilitation of continuous dialogue among stakeholders on the current nature and extent of lacking transparency and accountability in the sector; sharing of anti-corruption and integrity initiatives and experiences; and linking up the water sector and anti-corruption community.

Transparency International Bangladesh will act as the convener and secretariat of the BAWIN coalition. The Water Integrity Network welcomes this new country-based initiative and provides support through its secretariat in Berlin.

If you are interested in getting involved with BAWIN, please contact one of the founding members (TI-B, BWP, WARPO).

Contact Details:

Dr. Iftekhar Zaman
Executive Director
Transparency International Bangladesh
Website: www.ti-bangladesh.org

Engineer Md. Shahidul Hassan
President
Bangladesh Water Partnership
Website: www.bdnetwork.com/bwp

Mr. Md. Shahjahan
Director
Water Resource Planning Organization (WARPO)
Website: www.warpo.gov.bd



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