World Water Week 2022: USAID Sessions

World Water Week 2022: USAID Sessions

Stockholm World Water Week is a full-scale digital event exploring the theme Seeing the Unseen: The Value of Water in 2022. World Water Week is the place to explore new ways of managing water and tackle humanity’s greatest challenges: from food security and health to agriculture, technology, biodiversity, and climate.

USAID will have a booth at the World Water Week Exhibition space. We invite you to stop by to visit us on the 4th floor from August 29-September 1.

USAID Sessions

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

 

TUESDAY 23 AUGUST

07:00-08:20

FOCUS AREA:
FINANCE AND ECONOMICS

Online session

Mobilizing actions for accelerating universal access to safely managed sanitation

The progress towards universal access to safely managed sanitation is alarmingly off track and it is estimated that efforts need to be quadrupled to achieve the set target by 2030. This session aims at showcasing actions required to promote and achieve universal access to safely managed sanitation.

Conveners

  • LIXIL
  • United Nations Children’s Fund
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • World Bank Group
  • World Health Organization
  • African Ministers' Council On Water

 

09:30-10:50

FOCUS AREA:
FINANCE AND ECONOMICS

Online session

Green Climate Financing Opportunities for Resilient Water Sanitation and Hygiene

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services are key to building a water secure world. This session articulates the rationale to increase climate financing to basic WASH services to maximize opportunities for mitigation while ensuring adaptation through building the resilience of basic WASH services and the communities which depend on these.

Conveners

  • Global Water Partnership
  • Sanitation and Water for All
  • Stockholm International Water Institute
  • The International Federation of Private Water Operators
  • Toilet Board Coalition
  • United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Water For People
  • WaterAid

 

11:00-12:20

FOCUS AREA:
FINANCE AND ECONOMICS

Online session

“On the money”: Innovating finance to enable farmer-led irrigation

Irrigation can strengthen resilience, improve nutrition and increase incomes, but low access to technologies has limited growth. Credit access alone will not unlock access to irrigation technologies. Instead, scaling farmer-led irrigation requires changes in a complex finance ecosystem that includes farmers, finance providers, value chain actors and equipment suppliers.

Conveners

  • Feed the Future, Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation
  • International Food Policy Research Institute
  • International Water Management Institute
  • World Bank Group

 

12:30-13:50

FOCUS AREA:
FINANCE AND ECONOMICS

Online session

Scaling water-energy-food innovations through end-user financing for climate adaptation

This session will introduce end-user financing and define the connection between efficient water usage, climate change adaptation, and agricultural resilience. Panelists and session attendees will discuss end-user financing models like pay-as-you-go, crowdfunding, pay-by-produce, rent-to-own, and value chain financing, and how they increase smallholder farmers’ access to environmentally-friendly, water-energy-food solutions.

Conveners

  • European Union
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Government of the Netherlands
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • USAID
  • Water and Energy for Food

 

WEDNESDAY 24 AUGUST

02:30-03:50

FOCUS AREA:
PEOPLE AND DEVELOPMENT

Online session

The World Shouldn’t Wait Any Longer for Universal Hand Hygiene

COVID-19 brought unprecedented attention and resources to hand hygiene, but not all countries are equally positioned to accelerate progress towards universal hand hygiene. This session will equip countries with a framework to assess their state of preparedness and with actioned pathways towards the achievement of universal hand hygiene.

Conveners

  • Global Handwashing Partnership
  • Hand Hygiene for All
  • Hand Hygiene for Asia Partnership
  • United Nations Children’s Fund
  • WaterAid
  • World Health Organization

 

05:30-06:50

FOCUS AREA:
PEOPLE AND DEVELOPMENT

Online session

Innovative IoT Smart Water Quality Monitoring of piped water supply

We share innovations and advances from India in deploying Internet-of-Things (IoT) that are low-cost, efficient, adaptable and secure, with real-time water quality monitoring capabilities (WQM). These IoT-WQM systems monitor piped water quality delivered to households driving transparency, grievance redressal, and public health improvement.

Conveners

  • Safe Water Network
  • USAID

 

07:00-08:20

FOCUS AREA:
PEOPLE AND DEVELOPMENT

Online session

Valuing human experiences with water to reveal disparities, prioritize action

The new Water Insecurity Experiences (WISE) Scales reveal disparities in water access and use that have been obscured by traditional measures of availability and infrastructure. We showcase how the scales have been valued by governments, NGOs, and scientists in 50+ countries, and conclude with an interactive training on their use.

Conveners

  • EQUIDE/Iberoamericano University
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation
  • Feed the Future Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
  • Innovative Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition
  • Montclair State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Swiss Water and Sanitation Consortium
  • USAID
  • Yale University

 

09:30-10:50

FOCUS AREA:
PEOPLE AND DEVELOPMENT

Online session

STRENGTHENING GROUNDWATER GOVERNANCE IN SADC: MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE

This session presents an overview of prevailing groundwater development and management challenges in the SADC region and discusses interventions that promote good groundwater governance through i) improvement of Policy, legal, and institutional (PLI) frameworks; ii) effective groundwater knowledge management, and iii) mainstreaming groundwater governance into River Basin Organizations.

Conveners

  • Cooperation on International Waters in Africa (CIWA)/World Bank Group
  • International Water Management Institute
  • Limpopo Watercourse Commission
  • SADC Groundwater Management Institute
  • UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme
  • USAID

 

14:00-15:20

FOCUS AREA:
PEOPLE AND DEVELOPMENT

Online session

Unpacking lessons learned from collective action for community water resilience

Gap Inc. will unpack lessons learned from a 6-year collective action initiative focused on catalyzing women to improve community water resilience: the USAID Gap Inc Women + Water Alliance. This innovative public private partnership catalyzes women to become change agents for WASH.

Conveners

  • GAP Inc.
  • USAID

 

THURSDAY 25 AUGUST 

04:00-05:20

FOCUS AREA:
NATURE AND CLIMATE

Online session

GLAAS data informing national sanitation strategies: Continuing the 2019 conversation

The USAID Resilient Waters Program used UN-Water GLAAS survey to conduct a gap analysis and design project activities aligned with national WASH needs. Activities included the National Sanitation Roadmap for Botswana, a municipal faecal sludge management (FSM) case study in Mozambique, and a National FSM Strategy for South Africa.

Conveners

  • Chemonics International
  • Government of Botswana National (Department of Water and Sanitation)
  • Government of South Africa National (Department of Water and Sanitation)
  • USAID
  • Xai Xai Municipality

 

05:30-06:50

FOCUS AREA:
NATURE AND CLIMATE

Online session

City Water Compendium: New Approach for Water Sustainable Cities

City Water Compendium provides insights into an actionable framework at micro level for City Managers to improve water-balance and strengthen institutions to meet the climate change threats. It supports India's new policy to develop sustainable water-positive cities through decentralization, improved local governance, private sector participation, effective monitoring, incentives, and reforms.

Conveners

  • Safe Water Network
  • USAID

 

09:30-10:50

FOCUS AREA:
NATURE AND CLIMATE

Online session

Governing Groundwater: The Why and the How

The potential and needs of accelerating groundwater development in Sub-Saharan Africa are large; equally large are the challenges to govern the resource sustainably. This session provides new insights on the economic benefits of growing groundwater development and discusses entry points for better managing groundwater resources.

Conveners

  • African Ministers' Council On Water
  • Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany
  • Feed the Future, Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation of the Norman Borlaug Institute for Inter
  • International Food Policy Research Institute
  • NEXUS Gains
  • Stockholm International Water Institute
  • World Bank Group

 

11:00-12:20

FOCUS AREA:
NATURE AND CLIMATE

Online session

Solar irrigation in Africa: Bright future or broken promise?

Solar irrigation has been touted as a key climate smart strategy for Africa, and research confirms a large expansion potential. However, actual sales of solar irrigation pumps have remained extremely low. This session shares new insights on what government and private actors need to consider to successfully grow solar irrigation.

Conveners

  • Feed the Future, Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation
  • International Food Policy Research Institute
  • International Water Management Institute
  • World Bank Group

 

SUNDAY 28 AUGUST 

03:00-04:30

FOCUS AREA:
OPEN THEME

On-site session307 (Folkets Hus)

Seeing the Unseen: Water Data for Transparency and Advocacy

Good decisions about how to protect and manage water rely on good information, accessible and understandable to all who rely on it. This session will highlight innovative examples from around the globe where data collection, accessibility, and transparency provide insights into the value of data for good water governance.

Convenors

  • United States Department of State
  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • World Wide Fund for Nature

 

MONDAY 29 AUGUST 

03:00-04:30

FOCUS AREA:
FINANCE AND ECONOMICS

Online & On-site session453

Creating Markets and Accessing Finance for Innovative Sanitation Technologies

This session addresses questions around what is required to enable viable market creation for utility scale urban sanitation technology innovations. It explores incentives and obstacles governments face in investing in new technologies, challenges entrepreneurs face in bringing and achieving large scale technology uptake, and potential solutions.

Conveners

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation Regulators Association
  • SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
  • USAID
  • University Center for Water and Sanitation

 

10:00-11:30

FOCUS AREA:
FINANCE AND ECONOMICS

Online & On-site session451

Insights from Result Based Financing Mechanisms in Sanitation

The progress towards universal access to safely managed sanitation is alarmingly off track and it is estimated that efforts need to be quadrupled to achieve the agreed targets by 2030. This session aims at highlighting how Results Based Financing (RBF) can help achieve universal access to safely managed sanitation.

Convenors

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • FSG
  • Osprey Foundation
  • Sanergy
  • The Stone Family Foundation
  • World Bank Group

 

10:00-11:30

FOCUS AREA:
FINANCE AND ECONOMICS

Online & On-site session353

How to finance groundwater development? - A framework to unlock investments

Effective management of groundwater as well as good management and maintenance of the infrastructure is crucial and requires beside technical expertise financial investments and longterm cost recovery. To streamline financial investments into the development of groundwater exploration, extraction, storage and safe distribution requires masstailored funding models.

Convenors

  • African Ministers' Council On Water
  • Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany
  • Ministry of Water and Environment of Uganda
  • United Nations Development Capital Fund

 

TUESDAY 30 AUGUST

08:00-09:30

FOCUS AREA:
PEOPLE AND DEVELOPMENT

Online & On-site session353

Creating new champions: enhancing links to achieve SDG 6 across

This session considers recent research into how the water and sanitation sector could interact more effectively with other developmental areas. It reveals messaging that resonates with other sectors, and how to persuade Heads of State/Government of the ‘value’ of water and sanitation to other political priorities.

Conveners

  • IRC
  • Sanitation and Water for All
  • Stockholm International Water Institute
  • USAID
  • UN-Water

 

08:00-09:30

FOCUS AREA:
PEOPLE AND DEVELOPMENT

Online & On-site session357

Valuing water: a necessary step for sustainable development in Africa

Africa Focus Seminar will be an interactive session of keynote addresses, presentations from technical experts and High-level panel discussion. It will also feature Member States’ experiences from Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Egypt and Rwanda on quantifying and integrating the contributions of natural capital into development planning.

Conveners

  • African Ministers' Council On Water
  • African Union Commission
  • Secretariat of the Gaborone Declaration on Sustainability, the Netherlands
  • UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs
  • Valuing Water Secretariat, the Netherlands

 

10:00-11:30

FOCUS AREA:
PEOPLE AND DEVELOPMENT

Online & On-site session353

'Climate resilient development without sanitation' and other myths

We have a rapidly narrowing window of opportunity to achieve climate resilient development. A critical factor will be to avoid maladaptive responses, which serve to reinforce existing inequalities, vulnerabilities and risks and are difficult and expensive to return from. But how can we avoid maladaptation? As the IPCC report suggests, a holistic view is paramount. One element of that holistic view is however being neglected and may become the Achilles heel of climate resilient development: sanitation. The session will highlight how sanitation is key to the climate resilience of communities and discuss the resourcing and expertise needed to properly embed it in adaptation efforts.

Conveners

  • Institute of Development Studies
  • Sanitation Learning Hub
  • SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
  • United Nations Children’s Fund
  • USAID
  • WaterAid
  • World Bank Group

 

WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST

10:00-11:30

FOCUS AREA:
NATURE AND CLIMATE

Online & On-site session453

Uncovering the value of WASH research through partnership

In this session USAID will present a new model for identifying and filling implementation research gaps in the WASH sector and how partnership is the key to uncovering its hidden value to ensuring uptake and use.

 Conveners

  • Aquaconsult
  • Aquaya
  • Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment
  • FHI 360
  • FSG
  • Government of Ethiopia
  • Rural Water Supply Network
  • Save the Children
  • Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Tetra Tech Inc.
  • United Nations Children’s Fund
  • USAID
  • WaterAid
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