Water Integrity, Gender Equity and Climate Change

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Water Integrity, Gender Equity and Climate Change

  1. 1. Water Integrity, Gender Equity and Climate Change CALI, 9 November 2009 Jenni Laxén
  2. 2. CORRUPTION IN THE WATER SECTOR • Water is linked with development • Many opportunities for corruption • Puts lives and livelihoods of billions at risk • Slows development and poverty reduction efforts • Corruption exists everywhere • Disproportionally affects the poor • Intensifies regional water scarcity
  3. 3. COSTS OF CORRUPTION • Waste of financial resources • Distorts allocation • Failure to lead by example • Loss of natural resources
  4. 4. WATER INTEGRITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE • Billions of $ of new investments, high risk for corruption • Corruption may render effect of climate change even bigger • Corruption becomes means of gaining access to an ever scarcer resource
  5. 5. WATER INTEGRITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE (II) Impacts of corruption manifested through: • Drinking water and sanitation systems • Irrigation • Hydropower • Integrated Water Resource Management
  6. 6. WATER INTEGRITY AND GENDER EQUITY 1) Both women and men should be represented in the climate change discussions, as 2) Climate change affects women and men differently, and 3) Women and men affect the environment, thus also climate change, differently
  7. 7. WATER INTEGRITY AND GENDER EQUITY (II) • Climate change hits poor women the hardest • 98% of natural disasters hit third world countries • Climate change is not a gender neutral phenomenon
  8. 8. WHAT CAN BE DONE? • Anti-corruption platforms integrated into policy agendas • Corruption and environment policy agendas streamlined • Strengthening commitment and monitoring
  9. 9. WATER INTEGRITY NETWORK- WIN • Funded in 2006; coalitions and partnerships are vital • Brings together all actors in the water sector as well as the leading anti-corruption movement • Advocating for Water Integrity on a global level • Country-based Water Integrity activities (WI scans and programmes)
  10. 10. WHO DOESN‘T HAVE A STAKE IN WATER?

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