For Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) experts, all roads lead to Stockholm during the third week of August. The Swedish capital’s annual World Water Week (WWW) provides a focal point for global water issues and during this year, will focus on "Water, Ecosystems and Human Development'.
The WWW event will take place one month after world leaders have convened in New York for the UN High-Level Political Forum: a platform where country and global progress towards selected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is discussed. SDG 6: Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, will be particularly pertinent in 2018 as sanitation experts and practitioners celebrate ten years since the UN General Assembly declared the International Year of Sanitation (2008).
Throughout the week, SNV will co-convene five sessions on rural and urban sanitation. Government partners from three countries (Kenya, Tanzania and Indonesia) will present their experiences and their work, ensuring that realities and pragmatic approaches and solutions take centre stage.
Taking rural sanitation to scale
SNV will share ten years of learning in implementing and monitoring our largest area-wide rural sanitation and hygiene approach: Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All. With activities in 19 countries in Africa and Asia, and 13 implementing full-fledged SSH4A programmes, many elements of our approach have now been integrated in national rural sanitation and hygiene policies. As more and more districts gain access to basic services, there is an urgent need to look beyond the ‘finish line’ of ending open defecation. That is, to work towards introducing safely managed sanitation practices, enhanced hygiene behaviours, and the further professionalisation of the sector.
Stepping up our work on urban sanitation
SNV's urban sanitation and hygiene programmes SNV have expanded to six countries and 20 cities. We're deepening our understanding on integrated city-wide sanitation service arrangements: on-site and off-site management, sequential targeted behavioural change interventions, and smart regulation and enforcement. New insights from our work, and that of co-convening partners will be disseminated and discussed.
Click on links below to learn more about the sessions we're co-convening.
|Sunday 26 August|
|9:00 - 10:30 AM||FH 202||Rewards and Realities of Payment by Results in WASH||Finance, Innovation, Africa, South Asia||e-Pact | SNV | SWIFT (by Oxfam) | South Asia WASH Results Programme (by Plan International UK)|
|Tuesday 28 August|
|9:00 - 10:30 AM||NL Music Hall||Beyond the Finish Line: From Coverage to Sustainable Sanitation Services||Governance, Health, Sanitation, Trade-offs, Rural||Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) | SNV | University of Technology Sydney (UTS) | Emory University | United States Agency for International Development (USAID) | Department of International Development UK (DFID) | University of Nevada Reno (UNR)|
|4:00 - 5:30 PM||NL 461||Faecal Waste and Its Mysterious Movement Through Urban Ecosystems||Ecosystems, Health, IWRM, Sanitation, Urban||Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Gates Foundation) | UTS | Emory University | London School of Tropical Medicine | SNV | The World Bank Group | Sanergy | Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammernarbeit (GIZ)|
|Wednesday 29 August|
|10:00 - 10:30 AM||SIWI sofa session||Leveraging Learning and Innovation in NGO-led WASH Programming||Policy, Gender, Poverty Reduction, Innovation||DFAT | SNV | International Development Enterprises | WaterAid | UTS|
|Thursday 30 August|
|2:00 - 3:30 PM||NL 253||The SDG6 Debating Game||Climate Change, Sanitation, Trade-offs, Urban||SNV | Gates Foundation | UTS | GIZ | WSUP | Sustainable Sanitation Alliance | IHE Delft|