The World Bank Group / United Nations Children’s Fund / Centre for Mediteranean Integration / International Committee of the Red Cross

How water utilities respond in crisis and conflict

Monday 27 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: FH 202

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region has experienced an upsurge of political unrest and conflict over the past decade. Urban water service providers during conflict confront these impacts directly – including the loss of staff and customers, the destruction of assets, and protracted energy shortages. Other utilities, while out of active conflict, are suffering from the impact of burgeoning urban populations of displaced people and refugees. The effects of conflict compound the utilities’ existing conditions of low cost recovery, increasing water scarcity and high
The session will bring together humanitarian and development partners and water utilities to discuss the challenges related to water in moving from a humanitarian to a development situation, recognizing that the lines between a humanitarian situation and a development situation is increasingly overlapping.
The session builds on a partnership between ICRC, UNICEF and the World Bank and drawing on examples primarily from Africa and the MENA region will focus on how the humanitarian-development divide can be overcome in the context of conflict and crises with a focus on water utilities. The session will feature participation from utilities in crisis and conflicts globally.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


Chair: Anders Jagerskog, World Bank/CMI

Rapporteur: Rebecca Jean Gilsdorf

16:00 Anders Jagerskog, World Bank, "How water Utilities respond in crisis and conflict"

16:15 Michael Talhami, ICRC, "Case study on water and Energy"

16:22 Carol Awad and Omar el Hattab, UNICEF, "Case study on water trucking"

16:30 Moderated World Cafe discussion on Water Utilities in crisis with participants in the event

17:15 Reporting back from World Cafe working groups by UNICEF and ICRC

17.25 Concluding remarks by World Bank/CMI

17:30 End of session