The World Bank Group / United Nations Children’s Fund

Water security in fragile contexts

Tuesday 29 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: FH 202

~~Both the provision of life-saving support and the attainment of the sustainable development goals for access to water and sanitation are at high risk of failure in fragile states.  Globally 65 million people are displaced as a result of war and half of the world’s poor are expected to live in fragile states by the 2030.  
The session will look at how investing in water security in fragile states, through the operation and maintenance of existing water supply systems, and strengthening governance and capacity provides multiple benefits such as cost effective and equitable water supply, a reduced risk of further displacements, an increased resiliency to absorb further shocks on access to water and a foundation for sustainable development.  Case studies will be used to foster a discussion on just how far can we build such governance, capacity and systems, how to engage in a conflict sensitive manner while taking into consideration political, social and environmental factors, and how to ensure that humanitarian and development policy and programming can be bridged. 


16:00 Protracted conflict settings: Urban water utilities in crisis
Dominick de Waal, The World Bank Group and Omar El Hattab, UNICEF 

16:15 Panel discussions

• What is the new paradigm shift that will replace the humanitarian and development nexus?
Michael Talhami, ICRC 

• Can long term water security be ensured in a protracted humanitarian context?
Kelly Ann Naylor, UNICEF 

• How can tensions between host communities and IDPs/refugees/migrants relating to water and sanitation service provision be diffused?
Murray Burt, UNHCR 

• In situations of protracted conflict is the demise of the state’s role in water and sanitation service provision inevitable?
Anders Jagerskog, The World Bank Group

16:35 Group work – café style

17:25 Closing Remarks
Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF 

17:30 Close of session