For almost as long as she can remember, Mariam Omar, 28, has been forced to spend hours each day walking 3km to her nearest reservoir to collect water for her family.
To the untrained eye, Kikoneni reservoir appears to be an idyllic pastoral scene as a herd of goats drink at the edge of the tranquil waters. But those in the know watch the animals nervously – willing them to move away.
Allegations of corruption have led to legal action being taken against a civil servant in Kenya. Community monitors assisted by Integrity Action gathered proof that an engineer had made false claims that a water pump was faulty.
When work began in 2005 on a water pipeline to serve six communities in rural Kenya, local residents were optimistic that the work would be finished within the year, and that their families would no longer get sick from drinking dirty water from the river.
Residents and traders have praised Nablus Municipality for making the city a better place to live and work in. Local people say the city centre and outlying residential areas are now much cleaner than they were in 2011 and before.
A year ago, the challenges of growing enough to eat were almost overwhelming for subsistence farmer Sophia Mdzomba. Her husband was unemployed, and there were many times when her eight children went hungry. But the completion of an indoor market in Ndavaya, secured through Integrity Action support, enabled Sophia to establish a fruit and vegetable business.
Momentum is building in Palestine for local government to be more open and accountable to residents. Ramallah Municipality has recently approached Integrity Action partner Aman to help it build foundations for increased community participation.