World Water Week: 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. Register on the conference website, both free and paid options are available.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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