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Published on: 13/06/2016

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What needs to change to ensure that by 2030 everyone has access to sustainable water and sanitation services? The Kampala WASH Symposium, which is being held this month in Uganda, seeks to answer this question.

The Symposium will look beyond the conventional notion of ‘projects’ to explore how WASH actors can and should work together within the wider complex systems that deliver services. It will bring emerging thinking on how to drive whole-system change and support the building of robust national systems at scale capable of providing universal access. It will focus on the changes that are necessary for how externally supported WASH interventions are conceived, implemented and sustained over time.

The Symposium background paper sets out the critical issues to be discussed at the forum and argues that only by understanding our place in the wider complex systems will we be able to overcome the long-standing challenges in the sector.

Lockwood, H., Krukkert, I., Moriarty, P. & Skilling, H., 2016. Kampala WASH Symposium background note : bringing together the 21st Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) meetings and the 2016 WASH Sustainability Forum. The Hague, The Netherlands: IRC and Aguaconsult, 7 p. : 1 fig. Available at:

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