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IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition: sustainable solutions for emerging economies, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1-5 Dec 2019

1st Dec 2019 to 5th Dec 2019

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At this development event for water professionals, IRC is hosting a two-part workshop on Strengthening the System on 2 December. 

The International Water Association (IWA) Water and Development Congress & Exhibition will include keynotes by top specialists in their field, who will frame the critical debates facing the water sector; workshops, technical sessions and business forums will showcase the latest science and best practices delivering solutions to the water crisis. The 2017 edition of this development event for water professionals attracted 3,000 participants.

There are five conference themes:

  • Drinking Water Treatment and Supply
  • Faecal Sludge and Wastewater Treatment for Resource Recovery
  • City Water and Faecal Sludge Utility Management and Services
  • Integrated Water Resource Management
  • Efforts Toward SDG Goal 6

As pert of the City Water and Faecal Sludge Utility Management and Services theme, IRC will host a two-part workshop on Strengthening the System:

Strengthening the System Part One: Building Systemic Approaches to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Location and time: Cinema Lounge, 10:30-12:30, Monday, 2 December

The ambitious challenge of the SDGs mean that traditional boundaries between rural and urban utility management and operation are blurring together. So too are the pressures, constraints and issues affecting those who work with or depend on those systems and services. IRC, International Water and Sanitation Centre takes a holistic approach to understanding utility services - one that is based upon a framework that considers the key 'building blocks' that connect utilities to wider water and sanitation systems. In this workshop, IRC will present its approach to thinking about these systems and explore how a systemic outlook can be developed.

Strengthening the System Part Two: Acting on Systemic Approaches to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Location and time: Cinema Lounge, 13:30-15:00, Monday, 2 December

Taking a systemic approach to utility service delivery is about actions that amplify your own impact. In this workshop, IRC will present case study examples of how systemic approaches are leading to change in the way urban and rural utilities operate. This interactive session will explore how you can take a systemic approach to your role and ways in which practical tools and approaches can be used to deliver better water and sanitation services.

Chair: Ingeborg Krukkert, IRC, The Netherlands


  • Ruchika Shiva, IRC, India
  • Digbijoy Dey, IRC, Bangladesh
  • Richard Ward, IRC, The Netherlands


In addition to the workshop, the following IRC staff wil be presenting papers at other sessions