Photo Contest to Highlight Corruption in Water Services

A young girl from Mosul takes water from a tap stand at a UNICEF-supported Temporary Learning Space in Hassan Sham Displacement Camp, Ninewa Governorate. "I like it here because we've been out of school for two years," she said. Photo: UNICEF (Representational image)
A young girl from Mosul takes water from a tap stand at a UNICEF-supported Temporary Learning Space in Hassan Sham Displacement Camp, Ninewa Governorate. “I like it here because we’ve been out of school for two years,” she said. Photo: UNICEF (Representational image)

The Water Integrity Network (WIN), which fights corruption in water, says that nearly 7 out of every 10 people will live in urban areas by 2050. As the urban population booms, it is a major challenges to ensure provision of sustainable water and sanitation services, particularly to poor communities and those living in informal settlements.

WIN believes that corruption and a lack of integrity compound this challenge. They drain financing from the sector, by, for example, siphoning funds out of the system, directing services delivery to specific groups, delivering sub-standard or dysfunctional services, employing incompetent people to manage water and sanitation services. Without addressing these twin issues, it is unlikely that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be met.

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WIN has launched a photo and design competition that focuses on the dynamics of corruption and integrity in the urban water and sanitation sector. It asks contestants to send the images that show either side of the coin: the damaging effect of corruption on service provision in cities in the era of climate change, or the way integrity (and its pillars Transparency, Accountability, Participation, and Anti-corruption) can make a difference to support service delivery.

Participants can share their vision and submit by 16 February 2020 up to two images that examine these complex dynamics, along with captions or short descriptions for each image. The entries can also include visual art work (graphic design, painting, illustrations, etc.).

All shortlisted photos will be displayed on the WIN website and be part of the design of the next Water Integrity Global Outlook 2021 publication. Winners will be announced on World Water Day, 22 March 2020.

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