World Water Week carries the 'inclusiveness' torch forward

Burning torch

This year’s spotlight on inclusiveness is intensifying as temperatures soar in many parts of Western Europe. In one month, the world’s WASH experts will gather in Stockholm to home in on how the sector is helping enable the human right to water and sanitation, for all. Where to find the SNV WASH team during the World Water Week? Read more.

‘Human rights are universal and inalienable; indivisible; interdependent and interrelated. They are universal because everyone is born with and possesses the same rights, regardless of where they live, their gender or race, or their religious, cultural or ethnic background’ (UNFPA, 2015).

But for hundreds and millions of people, access to their human rights – specifically, the human right to water and sanitation – remains a ‘lifetime away’.

As the world approaches its last decade to achieve the Global Goals by 2030, the principles of inclusiveness and equality have been ramped up by, for example, this year’s UN World Water Day, European Development Days, and the UN High-Level Political Forum. Under the theme, ‘Water for society – including for all’, World Water Week (WWW) has joined in this global effort.

Towards a sustainable and inclusive development

For SNV, a sustainable and inclusive development involves the creative disruption of what is comfortable and known.

From 25 to 30 August, the SNV team will demonstrate how its collaboration with like-minded partners, and groups that fall outside its own disciplinary boundaries – e.g., Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), privately funded urban planners, labour rights groups, women’s rights organisations and gender experts, etc. – has helped strengthen the effectiveness and scalability of SNV’s rural sanitation, rural water, and urban sanitation strategies.



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Sunday 25 August 2019



Joined-up thinking: sanitation in the broader context of slum improvement

urban sanitation | nexus | poverty reduction

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor | SNV | Emory University | Slum Dwellers International | World Bank | United Nations Human Settlements Programme | University of Technology Sydney



Sanitation guidelines and sanitation workers: improving health, safety and dignity

occupational health and safety | decent work | safe management

World Health Organization | SNV | World Bank | WaterAid | International Labour Organisation | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation



Mobilising national and local governments for human rights to WASH

governance | policy | participation

WaterAid | SNV | Rural Water Supply Network | End Water Poverty | University of Technology Sydney | Simavi | Water Services Regulatory Board Kenya | WASH United | Kenya Water for Health Organisation | Development Organisation for the Rural Poor (Bangladesh)

Monday 26 August 2019



Do No Harm: reaffirming principles and practices of WASH

gender | human rights | integrity

SNV | Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council | Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade | International Women's Development Agency | DFAT Water for Women Fund | WaterAid

Tuesday 27 August 2019



Walking the talk: integrating gender and social inclusion from start

gender | governance | human rights

WASH Alliance International | SNV | Plan International Netherlands | Simavi


sofa session

Improving service delivery in rural areas through private sector participation

private sector participation | community | water supply | rural area

SNV | Water Sector Trust Fund Kenya | Kakuo International

Wednesday 28 August 2019



Outside our comfort zone: cross-sector integration for inclusive WASH

gender | governance | health | WASH

WaterAid | SNV | Simavi

Thursday 29 August 2019


sofa session/ exhibition hall

Climate change and social inclusion: tension, contradiction, opportunity?

climate change | human rights | nexus | trade-offs

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade | SNV | Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit | SNV | University of Technology Sydney

Attending World Water Week this year?

Have you installed the World Week App on your mobile phone yet? Register now with the WWW App and mark SNV co-convened sessions to receive session-specific updates and notifications.

In the coming weeks, SNV will also be publishing resources on rural and urban sanitation. Stay tuned!

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