Evolution of Water Goverence in Maldives

It is a commonly held belief in the water industry that the Water prowater-crisis-347blem is not a water resource limitation issue, rather is is one of ill Governance!

Institutional systems are at the center of water management. Social structure, governmental policies, choice of technologies and individual water habits all bear influence. However, wrong distribution of resources and authoritarian centralism have made effective water governance difficult.

The 80 saw Male’ with groundwater depleted, well water contamination having wave after wave of   cholera, shigella or diarrhea spreading among the population.

Realizing the need for efficient water service, the Maldives  government acted quickly to separate the two functions held within the Water and Sanitation Authority by forming two separate institutions, Male’ Water and Sanitation Authority  as regulator and Male’ Water and Sewerage Company Pvt Ltd holding a monopoly concession for 20 year commercial operation of water  services,   as water operator with both overseen by the Ministry of Health/Environment.

Perhaps it was the highly  reliable   24×7 services  being  provided by the water operator that GOM shifted its focus from Male’  to the outer  islands.

Meanwhile the water company’s strategic direction being shaped under the influence of  the heavy weight of the Manager   pursued a strategy that centered around an IRR requirement, not fully realizing the risk and share being held by the customers.

This makes one ask about the role of the  board? corporate governance, corporate social responsibility? these questions will pave  leaning pathways that will be useful for current and future mangers of essential utility services of a country. (to be continued)

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Happy International Anti-Corruption Day 2012!

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Every year since 2003, when the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 58/4 designating December 9th as International Anti-Corruption Day, more countries have joined forces to raise awareness about corruption, and about the importance of international instruments such as the United Nations Convention against Corruption (“UNCAC”). As of this month, 164 nations have ratified the UNCAC, leaving only 30 to go before universal adoption.

In order to support the ratification, implementation and monitoring of the Convention, the UNCAC Coalition was formed in 2006. It is a global network of more than 350 civil society organizations, including international, regional and national groups, each of them focusing on issues that affect transparency and anti-corruption advocacy.

With the establishment of each new institution to enforce anti-corruption laws, important measures are being taken against corruption. Likewise, as companies headquartered or doing business in these countries become part of the anti-corruption business network, more progress is…

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Corruption in India and Anna Hazare Movement

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A new word has been added to our country’s people’s vocabulary – “Corruption”. Until recently it was said that “Indians care only about 2 things: Cricket and Movies”, now there is a third one “Corruption”, thanks to Anna Hazare’s Anti-Corruption movement and the media coverage it acquired.

Wikipedia defines corruption, in philosophical terms as “spiritual or moral impurity or deviation from an ideal”. In economy, corruption is payment for services or material which the recipient is not due, under law. But the type of corruption which Anna’s campaign is against and popular among the masses is “Political and administrative Corruption”, which is again defined in the Wikipedia as “the abuse of public power, office, or resources by elected government officials for personal gain, e.g. by extortion, soliciting or offering bribes”. Though many of us commit the first type of corruption i.e “Philosophical Corruption”, we often ignore…

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Corruption is set to become one of the defining political issues of the 21st century

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The Corruption Pandemic

Corruption has played a pivotal role in determining the current state of the world – from mass poverty in developing countries, to the destruction of natural resources and to the erosion of trust in political parties. Laurence Cockcroft here argues that corruption has to be seen as the result of the interplay between elite ’embedded networks’, greed and organised crime.  He shows how the growth of corruption has been facilitated by globalization, the integration of new and expanding markets into the world economy, and by the rapid expansion of  ‘offshore’ financial facilities. These facilities provide a home to largely unregulated pools of finance derived from personal fortunes, organised crime and pricing malpractice in international trade. By identifying the main drivers of corruption world-wide and analyzing the current action to control them, this study suggests ways in which the problems caused by corruption can be addressed and ultimately…

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A voice against corruption in water and sanitation – community video in India

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Written by Alexandra Malmqvist, Communications Coordinator at WIN. 

In September 2011, in the slum of Mumbai, the heavy monsoon rains were filling up sewage pipes to breakage point. The dirty waste from the burst pipes flooded the streets at an accelerated pace because of the continuous and strong rain pour. The residents of the slum had no choice but to walk those filthy streets which represented a serious health hazard and increased the spread of diseases. Demands had repeatedly been made by the residents for the pipes to be fixed and properly maintained but no action was taken.

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A voice against corruption in water and sanitation – community video in India

Water Integrity Network blog

Written by Alexandra Malmqvist, Communications Coordinator at WIN. 

In September 2011, in the slum of Mumbai, the heavy monsoon rains were filling up sewage pipes to breakage point. The dirty waste from the burst pipes flooded the streets at an accelerated pace because of the continuous and strong rain pour. The residents of the slum had no choice but to walk those filthy streets which represented a serious health hazard and increased the spread of diseases. Demands had repeatedly been made by the residents for the pipes to be fixed and properly maintained but no action was taken.

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