Category Archives: Campaigns and Events

@USAIDWater – Earth Day 2019

This April 22, join us in celebration of Earth Day 2019.

Learn more about how USAID and its partners around the world are laying the foundation for a more water-secure world.

April 18, 2019 – Water Security in an Uncertain Future: Enhancing Water Resources Management and Planning by Reducing Climate- and Weather- Related Risks

Water Security in an Uncertain Future: Enhancing Water Resources Management and Planning by Reducing Climate- and Weather- Related Risks

  • Date: Apr 18, 2019 – 4:00PM to 5:30PM EDT
  • SPONSORED BY ATLAS
  • WHO SHOULD ATTEND? USAID Staff, USAID Implementing Partners, Interested Public

Global water security is vulnerable to a range of risks, including those that are climate- and weather-related, such as floods, recurrent droughts and variable rainfall patterns. As these become increasingly more frequent and intense, safeguarding water resources is paramount to achieving development outcomes that help countries become more self-reliant. swp

An integrated approach to water resources planning and decision-making that addresses short- and long-term risks across capital investments in infrastructure, operations and maintenance, and human resources is needed to ensure high quality management and availability of increasingly scarce water resources.

The April Adaptation Community Meeting will focus on climate-related risks to water security and how USAID is responding through water resources management and planning. Approaches include examining climate related impacts affecting transboundary water resources and allocation, integrating a climate vulnerability assessment into decision-making, and use of natural infrastructure to improve water security and contribute to building resilience. The event will feature a panel discussion of relevant USAID-funded activities in Southern Africa, the Mara basin in East Africa, and Peru. Presentations will cover the following topics:

  • Resilient Waters – USAID’s Resilient Waters program builds on previous USAID investments in the region, such as the Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program (SAREP) and Resilience in the Limpopo Basin (RESILIM) programs, to build the resilience of institutions and communities to reduce climate related risks. Working in the Limpopo and Okavango basins, Resilient Waters will build the capacity of various stakeholder groups to identify, prepare for, and adapt to climate risks. The project, early in its inception, plans to facilitate scenario planning exercises with stakeholders to identify capacity needs and develop adaptation responses based on resilience and vulnerability assessments conducted by SAREP and RESILIM, among others.
  • Sustainable Water Partnership – The USAID Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP) launched an activity in the Mara basin to improve on-the-ground water security, develop a basin-wide plan for allocating water, and provide the tools and science to improve decision-making around water. To support these goals, the Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project conducted a basin-wide climate vulnerability assessment to inform water allocation plan decision-making.

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Webinar – Sanitation Funder Landscape by the Sanitation Technology Platform (STeP)

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 03:00 PM CEST – 04:00 PM CEST
Presenter: Amanda Rose, Report Author and STeP Market Readiness Lead

Join us for a webinar presenting insights from STeP’s recently published Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape report. Resources to validate new sanitation technologies and prepare for market entry – prerequisites for achieving sustainable, scaled solutions – tend to be quite scarce compared to those available to scale proven solutions. As such, a problematic ‘Pioneer Gap’ exists. STeP’s Funder Landscape report and accompanying database point readers to potential funding and other resources poised to help fill this problematic gap. Two promising forms of funding are explored in detail: catalytic philanthropy and blended finance leveraging impact investment. We hope you will join us to discuss key insights and pose your questions about the sanitation funder landscape.

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Webinar – Female-friendly public and community toilets

WaterAid, UNICEF and WSUP would like to invite you to the upcoming webinar on Female Friendly Public and Community toilets.
Date: Wednesday 3rd April
Time: 10am GMT

Join using this link: https://meet.lync.com/wateraid/andreshueso/CK25SZ4Y. If you have trouble joining, try the Skype Web App https://meet.lync.com/wateraid/andreshueso/CK25SZ4Y?sl=1.

Female-Friendly Public and Community Toilets: a discussion about why we need them and how to design them

Public and community toilets are often dirty, poorly maintained and have not been designed to meet the requirements of women and girls. But Governments and city planners can and should improve this situation by a) including women in the planning process and b) following basic principles of universal design that ensure public and community toilets are accessible for all users, are secure and well located, include context specific menstrual health features, cater for caring responsibilities (of all genders) and are maintained for cleanliness and safety. The practical “Female-friendly public and community toilets” guide is designed to help city authorities, planners and NGOs identify areas that lack public and community toilets and check if existing toilets are female-friendly while also giving some practical guidance for non-negotiable design elements. The webinar will highlight why it is important to look at public and community toilets through a gender lens, giving time for discussion and hoping for feedback from participants.

Presenters:
Priya Nath: Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor, WaterAid, UK
Olutayo Bankole Bolawole: East Africa Regional Director, WaterAid, Uganda
Lizette Burgers: Senior Advisor WASH, UNICEF, USA
Sam Drabble: Head of Research and Learning, WSUP, UK

The webinar will be recorded for those that cannot attend.

Webinar – Designing for Sustainability Bringing Citywide Inclusive Sanitation to Debre Birhan, Ethiopia

Thursday, March 28, 10–11 a.m. EDT (New York time)

The USAID Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) is holding a webinar on March 28 to discuss efforts to improve sanitation infrastructure and service delivery in the rapidly growing town of Debre Birhan in Ethiopia. SWS

SWS is working with local actors in Debre Birhan to strengthen the local system for sanitation service delivery, along with the World Bank, which is providing substantial new sanitation infrastructure investment as part of its Ethiopia Second Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project. The timing of the two projects provides an opportunity to work toward achieving citywide inclusive sanitation, a comprehensive approach that focuses on the entire sanitation service chain, from containment to end-use or disposal.

The presenters will discuss how the two projects are collaborating to design for sustainability by addressing critical elements such as technology, finance, regulation, environment, social aspects, and institutional arrangements for improved delivery of sanitation services in Debre Birhan.

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Launch of the World Water Development Report 2019

World Water Development Report 2019. UN Water, March 19, 2019.

The United Nations World Water Development Report, Leaving no one behind, launched 19 March 2019 during the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and in conjunction to the World Water Day, demonstrates how improvements in water resources management and access to water supply and sanitation services are essential to addressing various social and economic inequities, such that ‘no one is left behind’ when it comes to enjoying the multiple benefits and opportunities that water provides. WWD2019_News_UN-Waterwebsite_vs1_4Jan2019

Executive summary 1

Introduction 11
Section 1 – The state of the world’s water resources 13
Section 2 – Water supply, sanitation and hygiene 18
Section 3 – Socio-economic development indicators

Chapter 1 – The human rights to water and sanitation and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 34

1.1 Introduction 35
1.2 The human rights to water and sanitation 36
1.3 Groups and individuals ‘left behind’ in terms of access to water and sanitation 38
1.4 Human rights-based approach to integrated water resources management (IWRM) 41
1.5 Links between the human rights to water and sanitation and other human rights

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Sarphati Sanitation Awards (SSA) 2019

Sarphati Sanitation Awards (SSA) 2019

World Waternet, Netherlands Water Partnership and Aqua for All, endorsed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS), initiated the biennial Sarphati Sanitation Award in 2013 to honor the outstanding contribution of individuals or organizations to the global sanitation and public health challenge through entrepreneurship. Sarphati-awards-2019-avatarB-300x300

Nominations
For the Sarphati Sanitation Awards (SSA) 2019 we call upon the next Sarphati – the entrepreneur and innovator who has forced a breakthrough for an integrated, collection, transport and (decentralized) treatment system of wastewater and human waste in urban settings.

This solution has a clear Sanitation Value Chain strategy, meeting the requirements on affordability/bankability, minimized water use, acceptability and user friendliness, scalability and re-use/recycling of materials.

The Sarphati Sanitation Award 2019 consists of two prizes:

  • Sarphati Sanitation Award for Promising Entrepreneur or consortium, focusing on groundbreaking entrepreneurial activities in the field of integrated sanitation systems in urban contexts as mentioned above .
  • Sarphati Sanitation Award for Life Time Achievement, acknowledging individuals who have dedicated a large part of their life to influence decision makers, policy makers and implementers to find sustainable, integrated urban solutions for people worldwide who suffer from inadequate sanitation service, create value out of what was hitherto regarded as waste and thereby improve health.

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