USAID @ World Water Week 2019

Stockholm at night. Photo credit: Stockholm International Water Institute

The Stockholm International Water Institute brings together experts, policymakers, development practitioners, entrepreneurs, and more every August for World Water Week events, knowledge sharing, and networking. This year World Water Week will address the theme “Water for Society – Including All.”

Each year World Water Week draws sector experts in the thousands. In 2018, more than 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organizations from 135 countries participated in the conference. Visit for more information.

The events listed below are those that include USAID staff, partners, or activities. USAID sessions this year will cover topics ranging from the role of women in water leadership, promoting self-reliance through financing of water and sanitation services, to building resilient water and food systems. As new scheduling information becomes available, this page will be updated. 

Sunday, August 25

Moving towards Self Reliance: The Intersection of Governance and Finance
USAID. Time: 12.00–12.45 | Room: L7

USAID’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) experience has re-emphasized the crucial role of an enabling environment that fosters increased capacity of service providers and greater confidence of private sources of finance to deliver more and better WASH services. This showcase will explore the connection between good governance, development partner coordination, and effective and efficient mobilization of finance as a catalyst to closing the finance gap.

Women and Youth: Living Apart Together (2/3)
Water Youth Network | The World Bank Group | UN Women | DFAT Water for Women Fund | Women for Water Partnership. Time: 14.00-15.30 | Room: L8

This session highlights the potential losses facing the water sector due to the absence of active and meaningful participation of women and youth. It includes a short presentation on a study funded by USAID’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project, “Menstrual Hygiene Management in the Workplace and Women’s Economic Empowerment.”

Monday, August 26

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Accountability for SDG6
AquaFed | Freshwater Action Network | IRC | Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) | UNICEF | USAID. Time: 14.00-15.30 | Room: L12

A multi-stakeholder panel of SWA partners and others, including governments, donors, civil society, the private sector, and research institutions from Asia, Africa, and Latin America will discuss collaborative processes to identify and make commitments on national priorities for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

Leaving No One Behind: Building Resilient Water and Food Systems
Global Environment Facility | Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) | IWMI | Stockholm Resilience Centre | The World Bank Group | USAID. Time: 16.00-17.30 | Room: L8

This event will engage the current debate on how to build resilient water and food systems in vulnerable and fragile regions. Drawing from applied best practice, innovation, and lessons learned from across GRP partners, this program will bring together diverse perspectives to discuss insights and build partnerships for resilient water and food systems at the intersection of peace and stability and disaster risk reduction.

Tuesday, August 27

The Multiple Bridges Connecting the Water-Nutrition Divide: What’s New?
CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems | Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation at Texas A & M University | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture | International Food Policy Research Institute | SIWI | The World Bank Group | United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition. Time: 9.00-10.30 | Room: M6

This session discusses new evidence on water–nutrition linkages with a focus on small-scale irrigation. Compelling studies on water-wise diets and new guidance for practitioners on nutrition-sensitive water management will also be presented.

Women in Water: Modernizing Utilities through Inclusive Approaches
Global Water Partnership | Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency | The World Bank Group | USAID | WaterAid. Time: 11.00-11.45 | Room: M1

This session focuses on the role of women as service providers. The session will present the latest evidence about the barriers and opportunities faced by women in water and sanitation utilities, drawing on recent analytical work and lessons learned from those working to narrow gender gaps at the utility level.

Transforming Societies to Meet the SDGs: The Role of Finance
CAF - Development Bank of Latin America | Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany | SIWI | Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre at SEI | World Water Council | USAID. Time: 11.00-12.30 | Room: L8

This session will discuss how to create the enabling environment needed for sustainable investments in water. The session will showcase how governments can overcome shortcomings such as underdeveloped national financial sectors and weak governance, and increase investments through institutional reform, regulatory arrangements, and well designed policy frameworks.

MHM: Health and Dignity for All
Columbia University | IRC | London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine | The Case for Her | The German WASH Network | UNICEF | USAID | WASH United | Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council | WaterAid. Time: 16.00-17.30 | Room: M5

This event will summarize challenges facing menstruators and the organizations that serve them and provide participants with models to expand the scale and inclusivity of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) programs. A panel of civil society, government, donors, and UN agencies will share their experiences—with a focus on challenges and gaps—to support the case for investment in MHM from the WASH, health, and education sectors.

Wednesday, August 28

Advancing Sanitation in Africa through the Ngor Commitments
African Ministers' Council On Water (AMCOW) | AfricaSan International Task Force (AITF) | UNICEF | USAID Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support. Time: 9.00-10.30 | Room: L12

This session will present the results of the Ngor commitments baseline monitoring, followed by a discussion of the the Camissa statement and brief showcase of high-level government commitments to sanitation and hygiene. The session will close with a discussion on how donors can support AMCOW, the AITF, and African governments.

National Use of GLAAS Data to Improve WASH Sector Performance
Chemonics | USAID Resilient Waters Program | WHO. Time: 11.00-11.45 | Room: M1

The USAID Resilient Waters program is using data collected at the national level in Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe and submitted to the WHO for the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) survey as an entry point to national WASH sector activities on the enabling environment.

Performance Financing for Reliable Last Mile Rural Water Access
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit | FundiFix | University of Oxford | Vergnet Hydro | Water for Good | Water Mission | Whave | USAID. Time: 14.00-15.30 | Room: M4

Convening a diverse group of participants, this session will contribute to the development of an innovative performance-based funding mechanism that can reliably finance enterprises providing services to rural and remote populations. The session will serve as a critical step in the development of the proposed funding mechanism by gathering critical feedback, generating ideas for the design of the fund, and identifying potential funding sources.

The Power of Catalyzing Women's Leadership to Advance WASH Adoption
CARE India | GAP Inc. | Institute for Sustainable Communities | USAID | | WaterAid. Time: 14.00-15.30 | Room: M1

This panel format will feature a diverse group of partners working on the Women + Water Alliance in India, which focuses on accelerating women’s access to sustainable WASH services in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

H2o Maghreb – Providing Innovative Training for Young Water Professionals (SIWI Sofa Interview)
United Nations Industrial Development Organization | ONEE | FESTO | USAID. Time: 15.00-15.30 | Room: SIWI Sofa area

With its growing population, rapid urbanization, and developing economy—including industrial growth with heavy water users—mitigating Morocco’s water scarcity is a national priority. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization, FESTO Didactic, EON Reality, the Moroccan National Office for Drinking Water and Electricity ONEE), and USAID have joined forces to provide a solution for this challenge.

Thursday, August 29

Women and Water: Breaking Barriers and Transforming Lives
Honeywell Hometown Solutions India Foundation | Mu Gamma Consultants Pvt. Ltd. | Safe Water Network | USAID. Time: 11.00-12.30 | Room: L11

This session shares insights and impacts from experiences of women water entrepreneurs and explores what changes are needed—from policy to capacity development—to realize the full benefits of gender inclusion. The session will provide an opportunity for government, practitioners, researchers, and other water sector stakeholders to learn how investment in women’s inclusion can yield substantial financial and social returns.

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Inclusion: Africa’s Farmer-Led Irrigation Revolution
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa | Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture and Development at Texas A & M University | IWMI | Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska | The World Bank Group. Time: 14.00-15.30 | Room: M5

Inclusive, farmer-led irrigation in projects and development activities has proven challenging to scale and mainstream. This World Café event showcases experiences across the research-to-implementation spectrum with a strong focus on results.

Tackling Persistent WASH Programming Challenges
Alliance for Global Water Adaptation | Aqua for All | Earthwatch | IHE Delft | SIWI | The Coca-Cola Foundation | USAID. Time: 14.00-15.30 | Room: M6

This event takes a dedicated look at three well-known but persistent challenges, with lessons and recommendations from donors and implementers that draw from recent project experiences and ex-post evaluations: How can water-related projects effectively form alliances and co-design sustainable solutions with local stakeholders? How do evaluation metrics and key performance indicators impact the performance of WASH programs? How can donors and implementers better incorporate learnings about past WASH investments to increase reach, impact, effectiveness, and sustainability?

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