21-24 June: Rural WASH & climate change

Lives and livelihoods near a water body in Benin (SNV/Silvana Summa)

What are some challenges and potential WASH strategies to consider in the context of climate change, while making sure that rights-based approaches remain central in sector approaches and methodologies? This and many more questions to be deliberated upon by SNV and ISF-UTS learning event participants from 21 to 24 June 2021.

Facilitated by SNV's Global Head of WASH, Antoinette Kome, this event will bring together government partners, practitioners, and researchers to interrogate the impacts of climate effects in realising rural communities' right to water and sanitation. The exchanges will unpack national and sub-national interpretations and understanding of climate change; explore resilience and vulnerabilities; and define some potential next steps for the sector.


Country representatives from Nepal, Bhutan, Lao PDR, Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique, and Kenya will be joined by WASH and climate change researchers from the Institute for Sustainable Futures of the University of Technology Sydney and University of Bristol.

Joining Antoinette Kome are:

  • Lucien Damiba from WaterAid West Africa

  • Anisha Nijhawan from University of Bristol

  • Jeremy Kohlitz from ISF-UTS

  • Gabrielle Halcrow and Megan Ritchie from SNV

About SNV in WASH learning events (in 2021)

SNV in WASH learning events are annual multi-stakeholder activities organised by SNV. These learning events are officially opened by a three-week e-group exchange, which in turn, shapes the discussions and methodology of one-week face-to-face interactions.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event's one-week face-to-face interaction takes the form of a hybrid online/offline methodology facilitated by WHOVA.

This specific learning event was organised programmatically by Gabrielle Halcrow.

Banner photo: Lives and livelihoods next to a water body in Benin (SNV/Silvana Summa)