IRC / United States Agency for International Development / Water Resources Planning and Regulation Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda

Strong WASH Systems: The Essential Element for SDG6 Achievement

Wednesday 29 August | 17.00-17.30 | Room: Exhibition Hall
Jeske Verhoeven[IRC]

The delivery of safe and sustainable WASH services to everyone requires strong WASH systems, within districts and countries. This discussion will provide insight into the key elements and approaches that make up a system and identify areas of weakness. The panelists will share experiences with systems strengthening approaches including district master planning and collective action through learning alliances and will touch on the processes, challenges, and successes involved. The panelists will be representatives from government, donors, and NGOs.

The sofa discussion will begin by introducing IRC’s Building Blocks for strong WASH systems and the role of collective action “Learning Alliances” as a model for driving knowledge among actors within the WASH system. The discussion will progress by examining how developing district WASH SDG Master Plans can serve as a vehicle for introducing systems thinking. Cases from across Africa will be used as examples.