All (WASH) roads lead to Stockholm in August: World Water Week 2018

All (WASH) roads lead to Stockholm in August: World Water Week 2018

For Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) experts, all roads lead to Stockholm during the latter half of August. For years, the Swedish capital’s annual World Water Week (WWW) has provided a focal point for global water issues. Between 26-31 August, WASH experts will covene to exchange on and contribute to the topics of Water, Ecosystems and Human Development.

WWW 2018 takes place one month after world leaders convened in New York for the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF): a platform where country and global progress towards selected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is discussed annually. SDG 6: Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all was among the focus goals tackled during the last HLPF. SDG 6 is also 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 is co-convening 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.



Session Title



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