Integrity management system for local authorities

10 Nov 2015 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) - Improved water and sanitation services delivery cannot be ensured unless local authorities and other key agents with the mandate to supply such services transform their institutions with an emphasis on transparency, accountability and enforceability.
This was said by the Water Desk Programme Coordinator at the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN), Rennie Munyayi during a public dialogue on ‘Improving integrity and accountability in the provision of water and sanitation services through the integrity management toolbox’ on Tuesday.
“DRFN believes that in order to extend services to the poor and marginalised to make development more effective, it is essential to address integrity, accountability, and transparency, which are key pillars for improved governance,” she noted.
The integrity management toolbox is a pilot project initiated by the DRFN and the Anti-Corruption Commission of Namibia (ACC) and funded by the Finnish Embassy. A Swiss non-governmental organisation, the International Centre for Water Management Services (Cewas) developed the toolbox.
It initiates an integrity change process that helps organisations improve their business model and their performance indicators.
The toolbox consists of the integrity change process that includes seven steps: awareness raising and introduction to the integrity change process; description of the business model; the identification of integrity risks; selection of integrity instruments; development of an improved business model; development of a roadmap; and implementation and monitoring of the integrity change process.
Munyayi said the toolbox is not the panacea to all problems, but is a useful resource to support organisations in turning challenges into opportunities by identifying integrity risks by looking at an organisation’s business model and providing practical instruments to counter risks.
Speaking at the same event, ACC Chief of Public Education and Corruption Prevention, Namupa Nengola said the approach provides the ACC with a unique opportunity to offer monitoring and evaluation support to the organisations as they implement the roadmap.
“We implemented this tool along with DRFN in a number of local authorities and other public bodies. This partnership is a clear demonstration of the public sector, civil society and development partners working together to prevent corruption and improve integrity,” she noted.
The ACC provided training at the Oshakati Town Council; Oshikuku Village Council; Gobabis Municipality; Otjiwarongo Municipality; //Karas Regional Council; Oshikoto Regional Council; and the Ministry of Finance.
Integrity and corruption risks were identified by participants in these workshops and appropriate mitigation instruments or solutions were also identified.
The most important component of the toolbox is the development of a roadmap by institutions and the appointment of a change agent who will spearhead the change process, and act as the link between the ACC and the institution, ACC Education and Corruption Prevention Officer Christine Liswaniso explained.
The toolbox is also used in Kenya and Zambia.
Representatives from civil society, non-governmental organisations, regional councils, local authorities and the public sector attended the one-day event to advocate for increased efforts towards addressing the governance gaps in the water and sanitation sector.