The 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.
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
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
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
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
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 globalwaters.org/unc2019-agenda.
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