Accord WASH Alliance / Living Water International / SMART Centre group / Stockholm International Water Institute / Tearfund UK / The World Council of Churches

Water and Faith: Mobilizing local faith actors to achieve SDG6

Thursday 29 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: L7

The WASH sector is increasingly recognizing the value of engaging with faith actors. Correspondingly, numerous faith actors have expressed support for WASH programs and the SDGs. This fourth annual Water and Faith event at the World Water Week builds upon these trends and the last three years of dialogue at this event.

The event will explore case studies of scalable faith-based development models in the WASH sector. Two Christian NGOs, Living Water International and Tearfund UK, will present examples from district-level WASH programs in Zimbabwe and Zambia, respectively, along with a toolkit called Flourish they co-developed for district-level church and community mobilization for WASH. The SMART Centre Group will provide a case study from Malawi where local church leaders and members were trained in local, low-cost WASH solutions. Lastly, the Ecumenical Water Network will share its efforts on introducing WASH curriculum in the educational institutions of its member churches around the world.

In the last 30 minutes, participants will engage in an interactive exercise that will help create a roadmap for how WASH actors can more effectively engage with faith actors.

For World Water Week participants interested in joining other Water and Faith Network activities, please contact Elizabeth Yaari, Senior Manager, SIWI

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


14:00  Welcome & Introduction
Elizabeth Yaari, Senior Manager, SIWI

14:08  Convocation
Henrik Grape, Coordinator of  World Council of Churches Working Group on Climate Change

14:13  Case Studies I

  • Munyaradzi Charuka, Roving WASH Advisor, Tearfund UK
  • Jonathan Wiles, Senior VP, Programs, Living Water International
  • Facilitated by Ana Rivera, Program Officer, Living Water International

14:33  Case Studies II

  • Henk Holstlag, Advisor, SMART Centre
  • Dinesh Suna, Coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network, World Council of Churches
  • Facilitated by Ana Rivera, Program Officer, Living Water International

14:53  Reflection & Response
Representative of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Holy See

15:01  Small group discussion 
Katarina Veem, Director, Swedish Water House, SIWI

15:16  Large group discussion
Katarina Veem, Director, Swedish Water House, SIWI

15:26  Closing Comments
Kristina Johansson, Programme Officer, SIWI