World Water Week 2021: USAID Sessions

World Water Week

Stockholm World Water Week is a full-scale digital event exploring the theme Building Resilience Faster. Delve into innovative, concrete solutions to the world's greatest water-related challenges, starting with the climate crisis and including water scarcity, food security, health, biodiversity, and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

USAID Sessions

All session times are listed using a 24-hour clock, in the Washington, DC (Eastern) timezone.

04:00 - 05:00 | Making Cities Water-Positive through City Water Balance Plans

Participants will learn how City Water Balance Planning can help cities become resilient, overcome water scarcity and ensure institutional consensus. Convening Institutions: Safe Water Network, United States Agency for International Development, World Resources Institute. Session recording available here.

09:00 - 10:30 | Opening Plenary

The Opening Plenary will feature high-level speakers—including Mark Feierstein, Principal Advisor to Administrator, USAID—speaking in a variety of dynamic formats to set the tone for the rest of the week. His comments will address tackling climate change and water insecurity through international cooperation. Session recording available here.

15:00 - 16:00 | Reimagining the Future of Hand Hygiene

This innovation think tank session will share key takeaways on the biggest questions for the hygiene sector and collect feedback from participants on the way forward. Convening Institutions: FHI 360, Global Handwashing Partnership, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Nations Children’s Fund, United States Agency for International Development, WaterAid. Session recording available here.

07:00 - 09:30 | AMCOW’s Knowledge Management Hub: Connecting African Water Practitioners

This session examines how we can learn from colleagues through the African Ministers' Council On Water’s (AMCOW) Knowledge Hub. Convening Institutions: African Ministers' Council On Water, British Geological Survey, International Water Management Institute, Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, USAID Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support. Session recording available here.

09:00 - 10:00 | Using data to build resilient urban sanitation and waste management

This session will focus on how innovative data can help public and private sector stakeholders plan for and invest in more resilient urban sanitation and waste-management systems. It will feature a case study, a panel, and opportunities for audience engagement. Convening institutions: GSMA and Toilet Board Coalition. Session recording available here.

11:00 - 13:30 | Advocacy in Africa: Tools for Integrating WASH-Conservation in Local Agendas

This training will showcase a FREE tool for designing advocacy strategies, allow participants to practice a core skill, and connect practitioners tackling similar challenges in Africa. Convening Institutions: Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group, Conservation International, IRC, United States Agency for International Development. Session recording available here.

15:00 - 16:00 | Applying Lessons from COVID-19 and WASH to Future Resilience Challenges

This session brings together voices from various countries to explore how successes and failures in pandemic responses can inform future investments in more resilient WASH systems. Convening Institutions: Stockholm International Water Institute, United Nations Children’s Fund, United States Agency for International Development, World Bank Group. Session recording available here.

Accelerating Food and Water Security: Role of the UNFSS

In 2021, the United Nations will convene the first Food Systems Summit. Leading up to this Summit, hundreds of dialogues, thousands of documents, and millions of comments about how to transform food systems for more equitable and sustainable access have been published. These have resulted in the formation of 5 UNFSS Action Tracks, although the extent to which water – an essential resource for food system productivity and transformation – is considered has not been robustly examined or characterized. Further, it remains unclear how the actions and initiatives to be developed during the Summit will impact rural smallholders, who are most susceptible to the negative impacts of food and water insecurity. Convening Institutions: CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems, the WASAG Working Group on Water & Nutrition, SIWI and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Session recording available here.

11:00 - 12:00 | Building Resilient Water-Energy Efficient Agriculture through Regional Innovation Hubs

This panel is focused on regional innovation hubs and how they work with the private sector to accelerate innovation and transform agricultural and food value chains. Convening Institutions: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, European Union, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany, Government of the Netherlands, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, United States Agency for International Development. Session recording available here.

12:00 - 13:00 | Business Case for Building Community Resilience in Corporate Value Chains

This session will introduce the USAID and Gap Inc. Women + Water Alliance, which takes a collective action approach to build communities’ water resilience across a range of dimensions that start with women as changemakers. Convening Institutions: CARE, GAP Inc., Institute for Sustainable Communities, United States Agency for International Development, Water.org, WaterAid. Session recording available here.

17:00 - 18:00 | Building Systemic Resilience to Future Outbreaks: The Role of Hygiene

COVID-19 highlights the need for resilient health systems that are capable of effective outbreak response. While hand hygiene is demonstrated as a critical and cost-effective approach in mitigating future outbreaks, most countries lack appropriate policies, robust supply chains, and data-driven behavior change approaches to drive demand. This session brings expertise from these three components to showcase what works in hand hygiene and debates why we’re still struggling to make hand hygiene a sustainable practice. Convening institutions: United Nations Children’s Fund, World Health Organization. Session recording available here.

08:30 - 11:00 | Results based financing: Addressing bottlenecks and unlocking finance for WASH

Attracting novel financing mechanisms is needed for scalable uptake of sanitation. Reducing costs translates to lower funding requirements and ultimately greater reach. In this session participants will learn the HOW of a result-based financing journey to scale household sanitation financing and attract commercial parties. Who benefits and at what cost? Convening Institutions: ACTIAM, Amref Health Africa, Aqua for All, Government of the Netherlands, WASTE, Water For People. Session recording available here.

12:00 - 13:00 | Strengthening Systems Without Silos: Structuring Partnerships for Collective Action

Collaborative approaches, including collective action, are increasingly applied in the WASH sector. This session will summarize findings from 11 collaborative WASH efforts in four countries. Convening Institutions: Environmental Incentives, IRC, Tetra Tech Inc., United States Agency for International Development, University of Colorado. Session recording available here.

12:00 - 13:00 | Conservation in WASH Systems: Collaborating on Source Water Protection

With increasing climate change impacts around the most water-stressed areas of the world, conservation and WASH service delivery can no longer live in their own silos. Source water protection is one area of critical overlap for conservation and WASH sectors to collaborate, but is often not straightforward. Convening Institutions: USAID Sustainable Water Partnership, The Center for Water Security and Cooperation, The Nature Conservancy, Water for People, World Wide Fund for Nature. Session recording available here.

02:00 - 03:00 | Applying Lessons from COVID-19 and WASH to Future Resilience Challenges

This session brings together voices from various countries to explore how successes and failures in pandemic responses can inform future investments in more resilient WASH systems. Convening Institutions: Stockholm International Water Institute, United Nations Children’s Fund, United States Agency for International Development, World Bank Group. Session recording available here.

07:00 - 08:00 | Using New Data in African Decision-Making on Water

This interactive session brings together teams working in sub-Saharan Africa and globally to improve monitoring of aquatic ecosystems, water use efficiency, and water stress for the purpose of reducing communities suffering from water scarcity. Presenters will discuss the critical linkages between water, human, and environmental health and the preliminary findings of the state of water quality monitoring and pollution control in Africa. Convening Institutions: African Ministers' Council On Water, Centre de Suivi Ecologique, International Water Management Institute, Ministry of Water and Sanitation of Senegal, USAID Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support. Session recording available here.

07:00 - 08:00 | Collaborative Action to Close the Gender Gap in WASH

This session brings together organizations working to bridge the gender gap in the WASH workforce (public and private sector) through policy, regulation, and grassroots action. Convening Institutions: Athena Infonomics, Safe Water Network, United States Agency for International Development. Session recording available here.

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