Integrity Management to accompany Investments into Albanian Water Utilities
Promoting Best Practices in Integrated Municipal Water Resources Governance
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Local governments, local NGOs
GFA Consulting Group
In 2018, we attended the face-to-face Sub-ResEAU Latin America and the Caribbean event in Lima, Peru. The Swiss Agency invited us for Development and Cooperation SDC to present one of our signature consultancy services: The Water Integrity Management Toolbox. During the toolbox presentation and its unique approach to WASH governance issues, we had long discussions with members of the local GFA project staff of an SDC funded project in the Fonseca Gulf in Honduras. They were tasked to promote integrated water resources management in the water-stressed region together with municipalities by building capacities and infrastructure and strengthening the institutions for water governance. However, they were facing complex challenges when working together with the municipal governments.
The staff of the local authorities tended to lack the essential skills regarding project management, leadership, and transparency and communication. These weaknesses in the organisational setup of the municipalities were jeopardising the success and sustainability of the SDC project in general. So, together with the local project staff, we developed an idea: create a tailor-made toolbox for the context of public management in the Fonseca Gulf Region and support local authorities to strengthen their organisational structures and processes.
The project’s main objective was to help local governments improve their capacities to assume the leadership role in local water governance that the Honduran law is foreseeing for them. To achieve this, we were tasked first to develop a tailor-made toolbox for sustainable municipal project management, then a pilot and validate the toolbox together with 5 municipalities and finally train local facilitators to apply the toolbox and replicate the capacity-building activities other cities.
We built capacities of local government staff in the Gulf of Fonseca to design and manage environmental projects and the corresponding integrity risks. In particular, we carried out the following activities:
Explore and discover
Analysis of standard project management practices in municipal governments.
Co-create and design
Design of a participatory methodology for the creation of an organisational change strategy in the municipalities of the Fonseca Region.
Training and capacity building of municipal staff in the municipal project cycle and integrity management.
Coaching municipal staff to implement organisational change strategies.
Reach and connect
Creation of the SÍS Toolbox for Municipal Project Management.