OECD Water Integrity Workshop Agenda


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The OECD workshop on water integrity will provide an opportunity to discuss challenges and best practices in promoting integrity in water services and resources management, across OECD and non OECD countries. It will help diagnose major governance obstacles, and identify valuable lessons from project and policy levels, including from related sectors such as energy and agriculture. More information at www.oecd.org/governance/watergovernanceprogramme.htm

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OECD Water Integrity Workshop Agenda

  1. 1. Water Integrity Workshop AGENDA 20 March 2014 OECD Conference Centre – CC7 Paris, France OECD Integrity Week 17-21 March 2014
  2. 2. About the OECD The OECD is a forum in which governments compare and exchange policy experiences, identify good practices in light of emerging challenges, and promote decisions and recommendations to produce better policies for better lives. The OECD’s mission is to promote policies that improve economic and social well- being of people around the world. About OECD Integrity Week The OECD's second annual Integrity Week takes place in Paris from 17-21 March 2014. On this occasion, the OECD will host multiple public events relating to anti-corruption and integrity. These events will bring together stakeholders from government, academia, business, trade and civil society to engage in dialogue on policy, best practices, and recent developments in the fields of integrity and anti-corruption. For more information, visit: http://www.oecd.org/cleangovbiz/oecd-integrity-week-2014.htm For any questions concerning the content of the Workshop, please contact Ms Delphine Clavreul (Delphine.clavreul@oecd.org). Please direct any questions regarding practical arrangements to CleanGovBiz@oecd.org.
  3. 3. Water Integrity Workshop: Broaden the base, Increase the pace Background By 2050, the world’s population will reach 9 billion people, with a major proportion living in urban areas. It is estimated that 4 billion people will live in water-stressed areas and water demand will increase by 55%, thus generating intense competition across people, places and time scales, especially in emerging economies. This gloomy picture raises significant challenges for the management of water resources, in a context of acute water governance “crisis” exacerbated by institutional dysfunction, unethical practices, opaque decision- making, poor accountability, and corruption. Strategies and solutions for better integrity and transparency in the water sector exist, and are backed-up by extensive knowledge, science and technologies. But their implementation on the ground is challenged by a series of gaps intrinsic to the water sector: high degree of territorial and institutional fragmentation, limited capacity at different levels, lack of information disclosure, mismatches across governance and hydrological scales, lack of human and financial resources, low level of stakeholder engagement, etc. Objectives The OECD workshop on water integrity, co-convened with the Water Integrity Network, Transparency International and SIWI-UNDP/Water Governance Facility, will provide an opportunity to discuss challenges and best practices in promoting integrity in water services and resources management, across OECD and non OECD countries. It will help diagnose major governance obstacles, and identify valuable lessons from project and policy levels, including from related sectors such as energy and agriculture. Building on the activities of the Working Group on “Integrity and Transparency” of the OECD Water Governance Initiative, the workshop has the following objectives:  Share experience on recent developments on water integrity and transparency and the contribution to the global water agenda;  Showcase the contribution of the business community in strengthening integrity, transparency and accountability in the water sector;  Take stock of existing (and needed) indicators to track progress on water integrity and transparency  Discuss policy messages and ways forward on water integrity to be reflected in the OECD Principles on Water Governance under preparation. Format The event will be very interactive, consisting essentially of lively discussions across a wide range of stakeholders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors within and outside the water community. The expected audience includes representatives from national governments, regional, basin and local authorities, regulators, donors and international financial institutions, public and private service providers, NGOs, international organisations, academics and independent experts from OECD and non-OECD countries. The workshop will open with some introductory remarks by the Chair and the organiser to set the scene and present the objectives and expected outcomes of the event. Each session will be structured around a brief introduction on the issues at stake followed by a series of staged interventions from selected participants to provide insights on different perspectives and experiences. Participants will then be given the floor to share comments and concise reactions, building on the leading policy questions provided in the agenda. Expected outcomes Building on the contributions from different stakeholders and sectors, the following outcomes are expected:  Key messages to the intention of decision-makers to foster better integrity and transparency in the water sector. These will be reflected in forthcoming OECD Principles on Water Governance;  Identification of key indicators to track progress and measure effectiveness of integrity and transparency frameworks; these will feed the discussions around a “governance sub-goal” in the post-2015 development agenda;  Identification of key areas for future work on water integrity and transparency by OECD and partners.
  4. 4. AGENDA 08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Coffee Welcome 09:00 – 09:10 A contribution to the OECD Water Governance Initiative  Rolf Alter, Director, OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development 09:10 – 09:20 Welcoming Remarks by the Chair of the Workshop  Hâkan Tropp, Managing Director, Stockholm International Water Institute 09:20 – 10:30 Integrity and transparency in the Global Water Agenda OBJECTIVES The session aims to discuss how to jointly continue putting integrity and transparency on the international, regional and national post-2015 agendas and strategies for the water sector. It will provide for a “tour de table” of recent developments (events, reforms, initiatives, publications) on water integrity. It aims at sharing insights, views and information among participants, and broadening the base to foster further work on water integrity at multiple levels and in different contexts. Introductory remarks by Frank van der Valk (WIN) (10 minutes) on: 1. An overview of the water integrity network development, outreach and perspective 2. Outcomes and next steps of the Water Integrity Forum (5-7 June 2013, Delft) Staged interventions on water integrity in the international agenda  Stuart Orr, WWF International  Laila Oualkacha, African Ministerial Council on Water  Tibor Stelbaczky, Budapest Water Summit  Eileen Hofstetter, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs The group discussion will then address the following questions (3-4 minutes each):  How do you/your organisation contribute to better integrity and transparency in the water sector? In practice and/or at project and policy level.  How to make the case that water integrity is a concern for developing, developed and emerging economies? What is needed to engage decision-makers?  Why would you (not) join a concerted effort to promote integrity in the water sector? MODERATOR Teun Bastemeijer, Chief Advisor Strategic Outreach & Programmes, Water Integrity Network 10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break 11:00- 12:30 The business case for water integrity – How can the private sector contribute?
  5. 5. OBJECTIVES Water infrastructure, irrigation and dam projects are large, expensive and complex. This makes corruption in procurement and contracts easier and profitable, which distorts policies, budgets and billing. But more than corruption, a key issue contributing to citizens’ trust in government and service providers is “information transparency”, especially on financial performance. Further efforts are needed, including in OECD countries, to drill down into absolute and relative efficiency of the sector, and shed greater light on embedded and dispersed costs across the water chain. As a major stakeholder, the business community has engaged important efforts in the last decade to contribute to better integrity and transparency in the water sector, be it because businesses depend on water for their production process, profit from the water chain, sell water-dependent products, or deliver water services. The session will take stock of recent initiatives from a wide range of business representatives (from the water, energy and food sectors) as well as lessons learned in terms of reducing the regulatory risk and contributing to better stakeholder engagement and accountability. Brief Introductory remarks (5 minutes):  Jason Morrison, CEO Water Mandate and Janek Hermann-Friede, WIN on the Water Stewardship Partnerships  Joppe Cramwinckel, World Business Council on Sustainable Development  Alexandre Brailowsky, Suez Environment  Pedro Montoya, EADS International The group discussion will then address the following questions (3-4 minutes each):  Which sectors have taken the lead in adopting integrity standards/code of conducts? Why?  Which practices are replicable for the water sector? What are the remaining obstacles?  What can the private sector do or not do? How to dispel the myths? MODERATOR Gemma Aoilfi, Head of the Corporate Governance and Compliance Division, Basel Institute on Governance 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch – OECD Cantine or surroundings 14:00 – 15:30 Tracking progress in water integrity and transparency: which indicators to measure what has to be improved? OBJECTIVES This session aims to i) identify the range of existing indicators to measure transparency and integrity (TI) in the water sector; ii) share information on their use in the different water subsectors; and iii) discuss experience/views of their effectiveness and the steps needed to assure their timely reporting. The session will contribute to the ongoing development of OECD indicators on Water Governance. It will highlight issues that arise in both revenue-earning organisations (e.g. water utilities) as well as non-revenue organisations (e.g. ministries). Participants will include stakeholders from within and outside the water sector.
  6. 6. Brief overview of: 1. Transparency and integrity indicators (perception-based and fact-based) and how they are used at the macro, sectoral, institutional and project level; 2. How these indicators differ between revenue-earning and non-revenue earning organisations; 3. Lessons learned in using them: what works well? What resources are required?; 4. Needed indicators for the post 2015 agenda Remarks by discussants will follow (3-4 minutes each):  Dominique Gatel, Véolia  Lucia de Stefano, Water Observatory – Botin Foundation  Monica Corrales, AECID  Julien Eyrard, Action against Hunger The group discussion will then address the following questions (3-4 minutes each):  What is your experience/opinion in developing indicators to assess and monitor transparency, integrity, accountability and participation in the water sector? What works best (i.e. perception based indicators vs. fact-based indicators);  Which organisations should have the responsibility for reporting on transparency and integrity issues? At which level? How frequently? What resources should be allocated?  What are the challenges for institutions to adopt and report on transparency and integrity indicators? Where are good practices? MODERATOR: Donal O’Leary, Senior Water Advisor, Transparency International 15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break 16:00 – 17:30 Key messages on integrity and transparency for OECD Principles on Water Governance OBJECTIVES The OECD Water Governance Initiative is preparing “OECD Principles on Water Governance”, which aim to provide decision-makers with evidence-based policy guidance on how to diagnose and bridge a series multi-level governance gaps in designing and implementing water policy. Such principles are being developed in a bottom-up fashion by 4 working groups on i) stakeholder engagement, ii) governance of water supply and sanitation, iii) basin governance, iv) integrity and transparency. Draft Principles will be discussed on several occasions throughout 2014, subject to consultation at the 7th World Water Forum and to the different regions (Latin America, MENA, Africa, Asia and Europe), and endorsed in 2015. This session aims to sketch out preliminary messages that could shape the water integrity and transparency section of this OECD instrument on water governance, building on the water chapter of the OECD Toolkit for Integrity and a draft scoping note prepared by the organisers of the workshop ahead of the meeting. Participants will exchange views and provide guidance on preliminary policy messages outlined, and share good practices to support their implementation. The session will start with a presentation of key messages (10 minutes), followed by staged interventions (3-4 minutes each) from “discussants”:
  7. 7.  Raymond Valiant Ruritan, Jasa Tirta I Public Corporation  Abdelfattah Metawie, Institut Méditerranéen de l’Eau  Johannes Kannicht, KFW  Lesha Witmer, Butterfly Effect Coalition The group discussion will then address the following questions (3-4 minutes each):  Are these messages capturing key issues at stakes for better water integrity and transparency? If not, what is missing?  How can we track progress on each of the messages? Do we have all the tools? What is missing?  Are there lessons to learn from other sectors? Which ones and how? MODERATOR Aziza Akhmouch, Head, OECD Water Governance Programme. 17:30 – 17:45 Wrap-up and Reflection  Ellen Pfeiffer, Rapporteur  Janos Bertok, Head of the Public Sector Integrity Division, OECD 17:45 – 18:00 Conclusion by the Chair  Håkan Tropp, Managing Director, Stockholm International Water Institute
  8. 8. www.oecd.org/gov/water www.oecd.org/cleangovbiz