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All systems go!

IRC and partners hosted a symposium on building and strengthening systems to deliver safe and sustainable WASH services for everyone. It took place from 12th - 14th March 2019 at the Fokker Terminal, The Hague, the Netherlands

All systems go! was a practitioner-focused discussion on how to deliver strong and resilient WASH systems and on how to apply systems approaches to improving WASH service delivery. Our symposium was open to practitioners and theoreticians of WASH systems or the application of systems approaches to WASH.

The symposium brought together systems thinkers and do-ers from within and beyond the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector, to share our understanding of how systems approaches can help build sustainable and expanded WASH services around the world. We sought to stimulate more holistic thinking to help reveal opportunities for systemic change in the WASH sector. A primary objective was the identification of the current state-of-the-art thinking and experiences in WASH systems, the development of skills and tools for moving from theory to implementation of systems approaches, an elaboration of a shared agenda for taking the learning forward.

The symposium asked participants to share experiences of how they are using systems thinking to address persistent challenges in WASH -- and how they measure systemic improvements. And through invited guests from other sectors, it provided insight into how and with what tools systems thinking and systems strengthening are employed beyond WASH.

What would you have learnt at the symposium? What was the vision and motivation for the event? Read the background note or see the programmeFor more information on the five thematic streams read the thematic area concept notes.

And to get the most out of the symposium, download the one and only All systems go! App.

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