Indicators on integrity and transparency in water policies
Indicators on integrity and transparency in water policies
OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
August 2019
OECD water governance principle 9 on integrity and transparency practices across water policies, water institutions and
water governance frameworks outlines a path to greater accountability and trust in decision making through:
  • promoting legal and institutional frameworks that hold decision makers and stakeholders accountable, such as the right to information and independent authorities to investigate water-related issues and law enforcement.
  • encouraging norms, codes of conduct or charters on integrity and transparency in national or local contexts and monitoring their implementation.
  • establishing clear accountability and control mechanisms for transparent water policy making and implementation; diagnosing and mapping on a regular basis existing or potential drivers of corruption and risks in all water-related institutions at different levels, including for public procurement
  • adopting multi-stakeholder approaches, dedicated tools and action plans to identify and address water integrity and transparency gaps (e.g. integrity scans/pacts, risk analysis, social witnesses).
To compliment the Water Governance Principles, the OECD Water Governance Indicator Framework is a tool for dialogue on the performance of water governance systems at a given scale (city, basin, country or other) and needed changes over time. This checklist outlines the Indicators on integrity and transparency in water policies.