Published on: 06/12/2016
Bringing professionals together to network and discuss hot topics in the WASH sector.
IRC in The Netherlands organises debates in The Hague open to all interested parties. WASH debates bring together professionals to network and discuss hot topics in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. They are forward looking and multidisciplinary in nature presenting the latest thinking from governments, NGOs, private sector and academia.
Invitations for WASH debates are sent out via a mailing list of some 1300 addresses. Announcements are also shared on social media, via the newsletter Amplify and the home page of the IRC website. The Netherlands Water Partnership promotes WASH debates in their network.
The first series of events were held in 2014 and have continued at regular intervals ever since. On average around 50 people attend and ensure that lively discussions take place on the topic in hand. Private companies, government and NGOs have used the platform to put forth burning issues for discussion. The discussions in each debate are captured in blogs, and occasionally in videos, so that everyone is able to learn about the latest issues in the sector.
Below is an overview of WASH debates held and their topics:
Death of the handpump - 14 February
The limits of aid, the future of trade? - 17 September
Working towards sustainable urban sanitation - 9 September
Innovative approaches to WASH in emergency situations - 25 November
Linking WASH and IWRM programmes to achieve SDG6 - 22 November
Leaving no one behind; social inclusion in the WASH sector - 18 April 2018
Building institutional capacity for behaviour change & sanitation programming - 11 September 2018
This item was originally part of a series on Celebrating IRC Communications that was produced for a special issue of the IRC newsletter (formerly E-Source, now rebranded as Amplify). For the other articles in this series see the Useful Links below.