USAID at the 2019 UNC Water and Health Conference

A Tuesday group session from the 2018 UNC Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photo credit: Tom Fuldner


UNC Water and Health Conference logoThe Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy will take place October 7–12, 2019, at the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill. The UNC Water Institute’s annual event has grown to become one of the most important annual gatherings in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector held in the United States.

This year USAID staff, partners, and implementers are participating in many side events and verbal and poster presentations on a wide range of topics including: data-driven decision-making, taking a systems approach to WASH service delivery, market-based approaches to sanitation enterprises, and recent learning on behavior change.

Below is a listing of events with USAID participation, which will be updated as more information becomes available.

Monday, October 7

Planning for Success: Context-Specific Programming for Rural Sanitation | USAID Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS), UNICEF, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council/Global Sanitation Fund | 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m., Redbud room

Getting Traction with Collective Action: Energizing and Empowering Local Systems for WASH Services | USAID Sustainable WASH Systems (SWS) Learning Partnership, CU Boulder, Tetra Tech, IRC, Millennium Water Alliance, Hilton Foundation | 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Mountain Laurel room

An Evidence-Driven Approach to Establishing Prices for Pit Emptying Services by Vacuum Truck Operators, Benin | Bernard Elegbe, USAID West Africa Sanitation Service Delivery (SSD)/ABMS Benin and Population Services International (PSI) | 2:30 p.m. Windflower room

The Clean Clinic Approach: An Implementation Case Study of 11 Healthcare Facilities in the Western Highlands of Guatemala | Jason Lopez, USAID Maternal and Child Survival Program/Save the Children | 4:00 p.m., Dogwood room

Water Security through a Comprehensive Educational Partnership in Metn, Lebanon | Nabil Chemaly, USAID Lebanon Water Project/DAI Global Inc.

A Randomized, Controlled Trial on Targeted Subsidies Post-CLTS in Ghana: Study Design and Baseline Findings | Joyce Kisiangani, USAID WASHPaLS/Aquaya Institute

Ensuring Quality of Latrine Construction for Low-income Consumers in Low Water Table Areas in Benin | Bernard Elegbe, USAID West Africa SSD/ABMS Benin and PSI

Tuesday, October 8

You Talk a Big (Systems Change) Talk… Now Measure It | Water For People, Environmental Incentives, USAID SWS Learning Partnership | 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m., Windflower room

Power with Data: Improved WaSH Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Africa | Anahit Gevorgyan, USAID Water for Africa Through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS)/DAI Global Inc.

Regulation of Small-Scale Providers is Both Possible and Promising: Evidence from Mozambique | Heather Skilling, USAID Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development (SPEED+) /DAI Global Inc.

Sanitation Microcredit – Increasing Access to Basic Sanitation for Low-Income Urban and Peri-Urban Households | Bernard Elegbe, USAID West Africa SSD/ABMS Benin and PSI

Solving Legal Challenges for Sanitation in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire | Lassina Togola, USAID West Africa SSD/PSI Cote d’Ivoire

Wednesday, October 9

What the Nudge? Integrating Nudges into Handwashing Behavior Change Programs | Global Handwashing Partnership, Catalyst Behavioral Sciences and Duke University, USAID, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), FHI 360, Splash | 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m., Redbud room

Sustaining Market-Based Sanitation: Designing Viable Sanitation Enterprises | USAID WASHPaLS, UNICEF | 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m., Azalea room

From Data to Decisions: Promoting Evidence-Based Decision Making through External Investments in Country-Led Monitoring | WaterAid, USAID WALIS | 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Dogwood room

The Maputo Sanitation (MapSan) Trial: Measuring Health, Environmental, and Social Impacts of an Urban Sanitation Intervention in Mozambique | Georgia Institute of Technology, LSHTM, UNC– Chapel Hill, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID | 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m., Redbud room

Moving Performance Improvement Plans from Myth to Reality: Emerging Evidence from Kenya | Japheth Mbuvi, USAID Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene/DAI Global Inc. | 2:30 p.m.

Sustaining Urban WASH Services through Finance and Governance Reforms in India: Ex-Post Evaluation Lessons | Elizabeth Jordan, USAID, and Leslie Hodel, USAID Water CKM/Social Impact | 2:30 p.m.

Menstrual Hygiene Management in the Workplace and Women’s Economic Empowerment | Aditi Krishna, USAID WASHPaLS/Iris

A Description of the Emergency WASH Google Group | Dan Campbell, USAID Water CKM/ECODIT

Increasing Women's Participation in Water-Related Decision-Making by Transforming Social Norms | Christina Sudi, USAID Water Resources Integration Development Initiative (WARIDI)/Tetra Tech

Thursday, October 10

Hygienic Environments for Infants & Young Children for Improved Growth: New Evidence and Interventions | USAID, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Clean, Fed & Nurtured Coalition, World Vision, ICDDR (Bangladesh), Cranfield University (UK), People in Need (Czech Republic), Action Against Hunger, FHI 360 | 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m,. Dogwood room

Reaching the Poor and Leaving No One Behind in Sanitation | USAID, World Bank, Global Communities | 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m., Sunflower room


Using Evidence of Consumer Preferences on Basic Sanitation to Expand Business Development Strategies in Ethiopia | Monte Achenbach, USAID Transform WASH/PSI | 2:30 p.m., Redbud room

Where Does CLTS Work Best? Evidence from Four National Datasets | Kara Stuart, USAID WASHPaLS/ Aquaya Institute | 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., Mountain Laurel room

Friday, October 11

Creating Inclusive Sanitation Markets for the Urban Poor: Lessons from West Africa | PSI, WSUP, USAID | 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Windflower room

USAID Water and Development Research Agenda Consultation | USAID | 12:30–2:30 pm, Magnolia room | For more information see

Photo credit: Tom Fuldner

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