Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology / SIWI Swedish Water House

Attracting, engaging and developing the capacity of water professionals

Tuesday 30 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: FH Little Theatre

The SDGs cannot  be achieved without suitable human capacity. A shortage in skills and in the number of water professionals in developing countries undermines the success and sustainability of efforts, and stands in the way of universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation, as highlighted by the recent GLAAS and IWA reports. We need to strengthen global water sector capacity by providing valuable opportunities for young professionals, retaining those with relevant experience, and ensuring water practitioners have the skills, knowledge, and incentives they need.


In order to learn from each other’s experiences, in this interactive session participants will address four key questions:

  1. What skills and knowledge will the water workforce need in 2030? 
  2. How can we attract people to work in the water sector and ensure they have the needed competencies 
  3. How can we strengthen the capacity of current practitioners? 
  4. How can we engage and retain professionals who are working in the sector to contribute to the achievement of SDG6? 

Programme

11:00   Introductions and objectives

11:15   Small group discussions rotating through the following topics:

  1. What skills and knowledge will the water workforce of 2025 need? Led by Mr. Brian Reed, Water, Engineering and Development Centre of Loughborough University
  2. How do we attract people to work in the water sector and ensure they have the needed capacities to contribute to the future needs of the water sector? Led by Mr. Malek Abualfailat, Water Youth Network
  3. How do we develop/enhance the capacity of existing practitioners? Led by Ms. Millie Adam, CAWST - the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology
  4. How do we engage and retain professionals who are working in the sector to contribute to the implementation of the SDG6? Led by Ms. Sabrina Hiefer, World Youth Parliament for Water

12:00  Panel: Identifying top priorities.

Facilitated by Ms. Uta Wehn, UNESCO - Institute for Water Education

12:30  Summary and close of session

Conclusion

How do we attract people to work in the water sector and ensure they have the needed capacities?

  1. We can attract people by linking it to the global agenda more
  2. Programs that are more inclusive of gender, ethnicity, - work harder to bring everybody in - inclusive education
  3. Promoting practical opportunities atmosphere for new grads
  4. Find balance between developing and developed countries (knowledge gap -> many jobs not filled, vs many people without jobs).