USAID at 2017 UNC Water and Health Conference

Photo credit: The Water Institute at UNC

The Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy will take place October 16–20 at the University of North Carolina ­(UNC)-Chapel Hill. The 8th annual event, organized by The UNC Water Institute, has grown to become one of the most important domestic gatherings of academics, policymakers, and development practitioners in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector.

USAID staff are participating in several side events, including Engaging the Private Sector in Water Quality Monitoring, Rethinking Rural Sanitation, and Emergency WASH, well as making verbal presentations and sharing posters.

Below is a complete listing of events with USAID participation.

Monday, October 16

Drinking Water Safety through Partnership: Engaging the Private Sector in Water Quality Monitoring for WASH Projects | USAID, The Coca-Cola Company, Global Water Challenge, the U.S. Water Partnership (side event) | 8:30–10 a.m., Dogwood room

Rethinking Rural Sanitation: Practical Pathways to Outcome-Focused Programming | USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, WaterAid, Plan, PSI, and UNC (side event) | 8:30–10 a.m., Sunflower room

HWTS: Advancing the SDG Water Safety Agenda: Meeting of the WHO/UNICEF International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage | World Health Organization, UNICEF, The Water Institute, CAWST (side event) | 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m., Azalea room

Enhancing Climate Resilience of WaSH Systems and Activities through Water Security | Sustainable Water Partnership, USAID (Poster) | Poster area

Wednesday, October 18

WASH in Emergency: How We Do It and What Do We Know About It? | Action Against Hunger, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), UNICEF (Global WASH cluster), Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Tufts University, Medentech, Global Communities (side event) | 8:30–10 a.m., Redbud room

Sustainable WASH Systems for Sustainable WASH Services | UC Boulder, USAID (side event) | 8:30–10 a.m., Windflower room

Financing WaSH: How to Increase Funds for the Sector While Reducing Inequities | IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, (side event) | 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m., Azalea room

Advancing Research Methods in Gender and WASH: Sharing Lessons from Applied Field Experiences and Charting a Course for Future Work | USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF (side event) | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Bellflower room

Thursday, October 19

Sustaining USAID’s WASH Investments: Learning from Water CKM’s Ex-Post Evaluation Series | USAID Water CKM Project (Poster) | Poster area

What Are We Learning from Engaging Finance and Sector Ministers in High-level Sector Dialogues? | Sanitation and Water for All (side event) | 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m., Azalea room

Launch and Learn: Sharing New Evidence and Guidance on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Humanitarian Response | Columbia University, International Rescue Committee, USAID/OFDA, WaterAid, UNICEF, Save the Children (side event) | 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m., Bellflower room

Friday, October 20

Calling All WASH Experts: Tools and Case Studies for Multi-Sectoral Actions | The BabyWASH Coalition, World Vision, WASHPaLs | 8:30–10 a.m., Sunflower room


Whether you plan on attending UNC in person or following events from afar, stay tuned to @USAIDWater for the latest updates. Participate in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #UNCwaterandhealth. To learn more about the event, visit the conference website.



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USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment
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