World Water Week, 26 – 31 August

Water, ecosystems and human development

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme ‘Water, ecosystems and human development’. In 2017, over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organizations from 135 countries participated in the week. This year, WIN is co-convening six sessions. Mark them in your calendar today!


Advancing water reforms through the Open Government Partnership
Sunday 26 August
11:00 – 12:30
NL Music Hall

The water sector is typically focused on technical and management issues yet some of its greatest challenges relate to broader governance problems. This technical approach does not usually prioritize a citizen centric perspective over responsive service delivery, water use and quality challenges; nor does it emphasize the development of participatory forums for water providers, government regulators, water users and customers.

The open government paradigm set the principles of transparency, citizen participation and accountability at the heart of policy making.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) provides a targeted mechanism for bringing together government officials and civil society to create specific commitments that improve water service delivery. It offers an important opportunity to move the water agenda forward and generate real momentum to improve government performance and recognisable benefits to citizens.

The seminar will focus discussion around the need for a Community of Practice around water and open government. It’s design will include panel discussions from government and civil society at the national and sub-national level in OGP participating countries where OGP water commitments are being made. Presenters will share their experience in different phases of the National Action Plans (NAPS) making process: co-creation, implementation, and completion of water commitments.

Convenors: Water Integrity Network, Stockholm International Water Institute, Open Government Partnership, World Resources Institute, Fundación Avina.

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Integrity Management For Sustainable Water Services
Sunday 26 August

14:00 – 15:30
NL 353

Irregular procurement processes, illegal connections, collusion of officials, etc. are all serious integrity challenges that water sector organizations face in their daily jobs. Such cases of mismanagement can damage an organization’s performance and reputation, and cause direct and indirect damages to water users. In view of the SDGs implementation (linking SDG 6 with SDG 16), there is an urgent need to prioritize integrity in water governance, to ensure the fulfilment of the right to water and sanitation.In some regions in the world, despite abundance of water resources, they face serious problems of supply, distribution and access. The high levels of corruption prevailing in infrastructure, as well as governance and management challenges hinder equitable access to water.Countries that have limited systems of accountability, participation and transparency, have difficulties to access accurate and up-to-date data to assess the state of water resources, measure the efficiency of water and sanitation public policies, identify problems; and design long-term strategies in the sector.Participants will learn about experiences of the Integrity Management (IM) Toolbox application to support water organisations around the globe to make integrity part of their strategic plans, business models, and management systems to reduce risks.

Convenors: Water Integrity Network, Stockholm International Water Institute, cewas, Inter-American Development Bank.

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From sector coordination to effective national accountability for SDG6
Monday 27 August

10:00 – 10:30

This session will showcase our ground-breaking global research on national accountability mechanism on SDG 6. It is widely recognised that the sustainable development goals (SDG’s) are ambitious and will require effective collaboration among all stakeholders. There is a perception out there that, many national WASH policies on planning, monitoring and review processes do not seek to consult and/or involve main stakeholders. The results of our global study on national accountability mechanisms conducted in 25 countries will be providing some targeted answers to governments, donors and civil society.

We would be engaging the Sofa audience with a lively presentation which would be engaging, informative, and forward-looking.

Convenors: Water Integrity Network, End Water Poverty, WaterAid, IRC, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, Simavi, Coalition Eau.

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The trillion-dollar question: Turning safely managed finances into sustainable services
Wednesday 29 August

FH Little Theatre
16:00 – 17:30

There is a big push for mobilizing additional financing for SDG 6 from governments, private investors and philanthropic organizations. Yet governments and utilities still face problems in accessing already available finances and turning these into sustainable services: 40% of countries absorb less than 75% of finances from domestic resources and donors, with difficulties in public procurement and corruption risks ranking among the top challenges (GLAAS 2017). Moreover, few countries and organizations meet the governance and transparency requirements to be creditworthy for loans from private banks or pension funds.
How effectively are governments spending water and sanitation budgets? Where are systems vulnerable for mismanagement and how can integrity contribute to better financial performance and accessing new financing modalities? Where are trade-offs between domestic and donor accountability and how can they be managed? How can donors better link governance and water programmes?

The session will investigate how actors from the water and (public) finance sectors understand the issues. Building on research, case studies and an interactive game for mapping corruption risks throughout the public finance cycle and water sector value chain, participants and experts from water, finance and oversight institutions, multi-stakeholder partnerships, and civil society will discuss challenges, good practices and possible solutions.

Convenors: Water Integrity Network, GIZ, Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Societies Network, Sanitation and Water for All, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany, Collaborative Africa Budget.

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Om (O&M) – the mantra for sustainable water/sanitation services
Thursday 30 August
FH Little Theatre
14:00 – 15:30

Operation and maintenance is key to make water and sanitation services sustainable in the long run. Successful investments and initiatives often fail if the O&M is not assured from the beginning, this is the case for water (SDG 6.1) and sanitation projects even more (SDG 6.2 and 6.3). In this event, creative and holistic innovative approaches to assure sustainable O&M of water and sanitation services will be presented and discussed. Examples from different countries will show that SDG 6 is at the core of Agenda2030 linking to SDG 2, 3, 4, 5, 11 and 16.The following six approaches will be discussed in small groups:
–    Integrity Management Toolbox for Small Water Supply Systems, Kenya (WIN/Caritas CH)
–    Water & Sanitation Safety Plans; Kyrgyzstan (WECF)
–    Mobile apps to support WWT operators work (URversity)
–    Sustainable Utility Partnerships (Hamburg Wasser/CAH)
–    Selection of operator models, Jordan (BORDA/cewas)
–    Chances/ limitations of mWater as a participatory M&E tool in rural Uganda (Viva con Agua)After an input from the convenors, the approaches will be analysed in small groups. Mechanisms, why these approaches can improve sustainability are identified. Framework conditions for their effective application are determined.Results from the groups will be presented to all participants and discussed.

Convenors: Water Integrity Netwotk,  Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association, Caritas Switzerland, Viva con Agua, The German WASH Network, Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, Women Engage for a Common Future, cewas, Hamburg Wasser/CAH, URversity.

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Our picks

There are many sessions we’re not convening, but are being organised by parters, that we’re excited to participate in! Our picks for other sessions are:

Making best use of  WASH Finance – a conversation with IFIs

Monday 27 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: FH Little Theatre

Convenor: Sanitation and Water for All

Sex for Water: a women’s right violation

Monday 27 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: FH Cabaret

Convenors: UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility, African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation

Securing Water Tenure: Legal Protections for Indigenous and Local Communities

Monday 27 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL 353

Convenors: Environmental Law Institute, Rights and Resources Initiative

Innovative taxation models for urban ecosystem sanitation

Wednesday 29 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: FH Congress Hall A

Convenors: Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor, The World Bank Group, Overseas Development Institute, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Water Services Trust Fund, Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Societies Network, Aquaya, African Population and Health Research Center, Water Services Regulatory Board Kenya.

See the full schedule via World Water Week.