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IRC at Stockholm World Water Week 2017

27th Aug 2017 to 1st Sep 2017

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This annual event, organised by SIWI, the Stockholm International Water Institute, consists of more than 200 sessions. One of the highlights is the Stockholm Water Prize Ceremony and Royal Banquet. In 2016, over 3,200 individuals and around 330 convening organisations from 130 countries participated in the Week. 

The theme for this year is Water and Waste – Reduce and Reuse.

IRC and partners co-organised sessions

Where Agenda For Change partners, Watershed – empowering citizens partners, Water For People & IRC, will be speaking at the 2017 World Water Week Conference in Stockholm: 

Sunday, 27 August


District based initiative for SDG6: building country systems, leveraging partnerships
: Government of Ghana; Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; IRC and Safe Water Network
Time: 09:00-10:30

The event will showcase the experience in developing a shared vision for addressing universal WASH coverage with the Asutifi North District in Ghana and partnerships forged for delivery. Together with our local and national government partners, we will probe into the challenges and opportunities for achieving the goal and the possibility of replication. Read more


Citizen observatories empowering people in integrated water and waste management
Convenors: Akvo Foundation; Earthwatch; Gavagai; Stockholm University and IHE Delft
Time: 11:00-12:30

This interactive event will explore the opportunities of citizen observatories to foster an integrated management of water supplies and waste streams. Read more

Monday, 28 August

Driving the transformational agenda towards WASH delivery in Ghana

Convenors: IRC, Safe Water Network and Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources of Ghana.
12.30-13.00 | Room 501: Press Room. Read more See press release here


Give a boost to sanitation entrepreneurs!
Convenors: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Ennovent India Advisors Pvt Ltd and IRC
Time: 14:00-15:30

There is a lack of scalable businesses in the faecal sludge and sanitation space. Entrepreneurs do not have sufficient insight into various barriers and opportunities for sanitation businesses along the sanitation chain. That was one of the key findings from the Sanitation Innovation Accelerator (SIA) work carried out in India by IRC and Ennovent. Having yet another incubator initiative to attract businesses is not going to solve these challenges. Read more  

Resources from IHUWASH: Innovative Hub for Urban Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Solutions in India

Faridabad: The City of Industries download here
Mysore: The City of Palaces download here
Udaipur: The City of Lakes download here


Increasing impact through donor-supported advocacy for water supply and sanitation
: IRC and
Time: 16:00-17:30 

This event seeks to define advocacy in broad terms and give examples of how it furthers water and sanitation access around the globe. The IKEA Foundation, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other donors will share their perspectives on the exponential impact of large-scale investment in advocacy programs rather than piecemeal activities. This will include their motivation and the impact their support provided. Read more

Tuesday, 29 August


From data to decision: monitoring water quality at scale
Akvo Foundation; Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands; United Nations Children's Fund and World Health Organization
Time: 11.00-12.30

At this interactive session, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, and Akvo will share their joint experiences of monitoring water quality as per SDG 6, and how to do this at scale. We will explore the opportunities of new technologies and innovations in the field of data collection, water quality testing, and real time monitoring of SDGs. Read more


Dutch Reception

Convenors: Akvo Foundation; IRC, Netherlands Water Partnership, Aqua For All, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
18.30-22.00 [On invitation only]

Wednesday, 30 August

Water Security in WASH Services Delivery
Akvo Foundation; IRC, Simavi, Wetlands International, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Clara 2, 7A Centralen, Vasagatan, 7 Stockholm, Sweden


Smart means Integrated! Drivers of change in urban water and waste management
Poster presentation: How to revitalise decentralised wastewater treatment plants in Nepal by Susanne Shatanawi, Simavi
Convenors: Stockholm International Water Institute; City of Stockholm; International Water Association; The World Bank Group; UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlement Programme)
Time: 09.00-10.30 

This session will present the compelling factors driving the need for new thinking in water and waste management for cities, e.g. demographics, spatial constraints, the infrastructure required and more. Read more 


SDG6: Searching for universal sustainability metrics for rural water services
IRC; Rural Water Supply Network; SNV; Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; The World Bank Group; United Nations Children's Fund and WaterAid

The session presents evolving metrics of performance and sustainability of rural water services and discusses the feasibility of agreed core metrics. The session uses ignite-style presentations from the convenors showcasing experiences, followed by analysis of commonalities and differences. Read more 

Thursday 31 August


Sanitation in Europe: From access to pollution reduction and reuse
Convenors: Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment; Eawag; GIZ — Sustainable Sanitation Alliance; Institute of Public Health of Serbia; IRC; Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia; Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands; United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and World Health Organization
Time: 09:00-10:30

The event will provide insights in how work under the Protocol on Water and Health addresses basic sanitation issues in rural areas and for vulnerable groups pan-European region, consisting of continental Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. It will review the current situation and reflect on the knowledge gaps. Furthermore, it will discuss how the Protocol provides solutions in the areas of equitable access to sanitation, institutional sanitation, small-scale sanitation systems and pollution reduction in the light of wastewater reuse and resilience to climate change. Read more 


Private finance and equitable delivery of WASH services
: 2030 Water Resources Group; Directorate-General for International Cooperation, The Netherlands; IRC; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development; Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe; Simavi; The World Bank Group and
Time: 11:00-12:30

This event will discuss how water service providers can transition to accessing more private finance to meet the water financing gap. It will also examine how the additional financing can be better utilised to service all customers. Read more


Solid fuel from sludge: Resource recovery worth getting heated about
: PIVOT; Sanivations; Water For People
Time: 11:00-12:30

The event will draw on the practical experiences of three organisations all operating in different markets in different countries, but all having similar conclusions. Read more

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