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Leaking projects: Corruption and local water management in Kyrgyzstan

Poor water infrastructure in Kyrgyzstan from the Soviet era led international donors to support investments in agricultural irrigation and potable freshwater systems. The financial investments made, however, did not always underpin improvements in local water delivery and the Kyrgyz Vice President once noted that “the lion’s share of the credit was stolen”. This U4 Practice Insight contrasts two project approaches to local water management in Kyrgyzstan from an anti-corruption perspective. It examines the extent to which project goals were affected by issues of corruption and fraud, and identifies lessons for future donor engagement in the country’s local water sector.

17 October 2013
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Leaking projects: Corruption and local water management in Kyrgyzstan

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Williams, A.; Zakharchenko, N.; Omokeev, T.; Ormushev, K.; Isabekova, G.; (2013) Leaking projects: Corruption and local water management in Kyrgyzstan. Bergen: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Practice Insight 2013:3)

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About the authors

Aled Williams is a political scientist and senior researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute and a principal adviser at the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre. He is responsible for U4's thematic work on corruption in natural resources and energy, and holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London, on political ecology of REDD+ in Indonesia.

Natalia Zakharchenko
Toktobek Omokeev
Kubanychbek Ormushev
Gulnaz Isabekova


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