Get Curious and Understand Corruption In Water and Sanitation

Water and sanitation
Learn how you can take action for human rights and social justice; especially on the topic of water and sanitation. 
If you want to change the world, the first step is to equip yourself with knowledge and skills to make change happen.


Integrity basics: Understanding Corruption in Water and Sanitation

This online self-paced course revisits the main principles and concepts of water integrity, as an essential component for good water governance and sustainable water and sanitation services.
It aims to enable participants recognise the need for incorporating water integrity, transparency, and accountability in their regular work within the water sector, as much as strengthening national institutions to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The course offers an insight into the impacts of corruption and poor integrity in the water and sanitation sector and provides initial orientation for the practical application of integrity in the daily life of water professionals.
This course covers the main definitions and elements of water integrity. It will be followed in 2022 with subsequent courses which will cover specific areas of attention and implementation of tools and actions for turning the principles into effective practices.
Sponsored by a partnership of international development organisations, the course is free. Gender balance is very important for all course partners, we especially encourage women to participate in this course.


By the end of the course participants will:
  1. Understand the concept and elements of integrity and anti-corruption within the framework of water governance and water and sanitation services.
  2.  Understand the interplay between integrity and good governance, and how integrity and Transparency, Accountability, Participation, and Anti-corruption (TAP-A framework) can improve water governance.
  3.  Recognise some of the drivers and impacts of corruption in the water sector and identify integrity risks (vulnerable areas for corruption).
  4.  Understand the need for effective changes as water integrity acts as enabler to all Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goals 6 and 16 and other water-related agreements.
  5.  Have access to useful up-to-date materials in support of specific subject areas for water integrity.
  6.  Have an orientation on the way forward to acquire the necessary skills, tools, and factors to accelerate the pace for water integrity and reduced corruption in the water sector.

Who should take this course 

The course is open to participants representing various stakeholder groups who are interested to actively follow the course, participate in all activities, and complete all modules:
  • stakeholders and professionals; members of civil society, river basin and international organisations; private sector; media; youth movements;
  • decision makers, policy makers, regulators, and high-level professionals and managers active in governmental bodies;
  • university students, professors and researchers active in the fields of water integrity, sustainable water management, Integrated Water Resources Management, Human Rights Based Approaches, WaSH, amongst others.

Contents and Course Structure 

Each module covers mandatory readings which are complemented by additional resources: videos, web sites, and suggested readings. Participants are invited to share their experiences, questions, and to interact with their peers in rich forum discussions in each of the modules.
Answering the multiple-choice questions is a prerequisite to completing each module and advancing to the next module.
  • Module 1:Introducing key concepts of integrity and corruption
  • Module 2: Integrity as a cornerstone of good water governance
  • Module 3: Integrity tools and approaches: getting down to work

Course approval criteria and certificate 

As a self-paced course, participants are welcome to cover the contents modules according to their own timing.  
Answering multiple-choice questions at the end of each module is a condition to move on to the next module, completing the course, and receiving a course certificate. Participants have up to three chances to obtain at least 60% correct responses, and in all cases the platform will indicate the wrong answers. 


After completing the 3 modules, participants are invited to answer a short feedback survey of the course. Once this survey is answered, participants may download their certificate. Participation in the course, as well as the download of the certificate, has no cost for the participants. 


This is a self-paced course. As of March 28, 300 vacancies are open to take this course. Enrolled participants must complete the course before July 15. Beyond that day, participants will have access to the course content, but they will no longer be able to advance in their modules or have the possibility of completing the course and get a certificate.
We recommend that interested participants not start the course beyond June 27, in order to have at least 3 weeks to cover the course contents and receive the certificate.
Sponsored by a partnership of international development organisations, the course is free. Participants interested in taking this course are welcome to enroll by clicking in the button “Apply now“.
Integrity basics: Understanding Corruption in Water and Sanitation

The article was initially published on 15th April 2022.