Skip to main content


Find out about events, conferences, workshops and courses in which we and our partners participate. For other events see the WASH Events Calendar.

In The Netherlands we organise WASH Debates on wicked topics facing the sector.

Sign up for WASH Debates announcements & updates


Meet IRC at World Water Week

25th Aug 2019 to 30th Aug 2019

Also visit the World Water Week website

IRC at stockholm
See what we have planned with partners during Stockholm World Water Week 2019. Alternatively, meet us at the Agenda for Change stand (D10) or the Dutch Pavilion (C08).

This year's theme is "Water for Society - Including all". IRC and partners have co-organised the following sessions:

Sunday, 25 August

Including all: participatory approaches in water governance and programmes

Convenors: BRAC / Development Organisation for the Rural Poor / IRC / Kenya Water and Health Organization / Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands / Rural Water Supply Network / Simavi / Stockholm International Water Institute / Water Services Regulatory Board Kenya / Wetlands International
Room: L9
Time: 09:00 - 10.30

Inclusive participatory processes and programmes, when adequately implemented, have the potential to give voice to users who have historically been left-out of public decision-making. However, if not designed to be intentionally inclusive, these processes may generate harmful impacts and perpetuate inequalities among societies. The event will include a speech calling attention to trends and innovative approaches related to inclusive governance and case studies, highlighting different aspects of inclusive participation as well as approaches and tools to integrate social inclusion in different phases of a programme cycle.

What Do Underserved Water Consumers Really Want?

Convenors: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation / Jibu / Osprey Foundation / Safe Water Network / Water4
Room: M5
Time: 11.00-12.30

This session will share the insights of several safe water enterprises (SWEs), including both commercial and social ventures, on marketing triumphs and challenges to reach the underserved.

Getting the foundations right for sustainable and pro-poor financial solutions

Convenors: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit / IRC / The World Bank Group /
Room: M2
Time: 16.00-17.30

This session will unpack the foundational issues around the "enabling environment" for WASH finance, draw attention to unintended negative consequences of Business as Usual, and highlight real examples of how sector innovators are tackling these barriers to sustainability.

Mobilising national and local governments for human rights to WASH

Convenors: Development Organisation for the Rural Poor | End Water Poverty | Government of Serbia | Institute of Public Health of Serbia | Kenya Water for Health Organisation | Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation | Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, France | Rural Water Supply Network | Simavi | SNV | United Nations Economic Commission for Europe | University of Technology Sydney | WASH United | WaterAid | World Health Organization
: M6
Time: 16.00-17.30

This session will share examples of how government officials in different countries are working with civil society organisations and other stakeholders to realise the human rights to water and sanitation. It will showcase a set of practical tools, developed under the Protocol on Water and Health and under the Making Rights Real approach, that have prompted progress. 

Monday, 26 August

Deep Dive into WASH Systems Strengthening - by invitation only

Convenors: Agenda for Change / Millennium Water Alliance
Location: Space Room, Citykonferensen Ingenjörshuset Malmskillnadsgatan 46
Time: 10:00 - 12:00

A community of practice side event during which systems strengthening topics will be discussed, such as: partnerships with government, methods for measuring systems change, bringing systems approaches to refugee and protracted humanitarian response, systems approaches in fragile states, engaging the private sector in systems strengthening, among others. 

Addressing the elephant in the room: Accountability for SDG 6

Convenors: AquaFed / Freshwater Action Network / IRC / Sanitation and Water for All / United Nations Children's Fund / United States Agency for International Development
Room: L12
Time: 14.00 - 15.30

A multi-stakeholder panel of SWA partners and others, including governments, donors, civil society, private sector and research institutions from Asia, Africa and Latin America will discuss collaborative processes, such as national planning and review platforms used to identify and make commitments on national priorities for WASH. Through these processes, all partners make commitments to which they are held accountable at national, regional and global levels.

CSO, change makers and allies with government in reaching SDG6

Convenors: African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation / Coalition Eau / End Water Poverty / Fresh Action Network Mexico / Freshwater Action Network South Asia / Government of the Netherlands / IRC / SaciWATERs / Sanitation and Water for All / Simavi / Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
Room: L9
Time: 16.00 - 17.30

The role of CSO's in national processes for SDG 6 will be discussed through and interactive panel with key stakeholders including civil society, government, funders and academia. An interactive world café will showcase different approaches and concrete experiences on CSO's engagement in national policy, planning, monitoring and accountability processes aligning with SDG 6.

Tuesday, 27 August

Watershed-empowering citizens session

Convenor: Watershed
 13:00 - 14:00 | Location: Dutch Pavilion (Booth C08)

Watershed is a strategic partnership between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IRC, Simavi, Wetlands International and Akvo. Learn how it aims to build the capacity of civil society in Kenya, Uganda, Mali, Ghana, Bangladesh and India to advocate for faster results to ensure water providers, governments and private sector are held accountable for making access to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services a reality for all. 

Strong water and sanitation systems need strong government

Convenors: IRC / Water Resources Planning and Regulation Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda
Room: Exhibition Hall
Time: 16.00 -16.30

Building strong WASH systems means building the enabling environment in which other actors can play their roles in service delivery. The technical capacity of national and local government is the aspect of government with which WASH practitioners are most familiar. Yet without strong political leadership (and public investment), the technocratic backbone will remain underfunded and ineffective. This second aspect of government, engaging with the political, drawing the interest and support of Presidents and Prime ministers to WASH, is less often directly addressed in WASH,

The three panellists (from IRC, political and technocratic leadership) will talk about what government leadership really means, and how we can engage it to deliver the water and sanitation SDGs. 

MHM: Health and dignity for all

Convenors: Columbia University / IRC / London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine / The Case for Her / The German WASH Network / United Nations Children's Fund / United States Agency for International Development / WASH United / Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council / WaterAid
Room: M5
Time: 16.00 - 17.30

This event will summarise challenges facing menstruators and the organisations that serve them, and provide participants with models to expand the scale and inclusivity of MHM programmes, to fulfil the rights of every person with a period.

A panel of civil society, government, donors and UN agencies will share their experiences, with a focus on challenges and gaps, to support the case for investment in MHM from the WASH, health, and education sectors. Through a gallery, event participants will learn from best practices in programming at scale, and inclusive programmes that reach girls and women with disabilities, those who are displaced due to conflict or disaster, and transgender or non-binary people.

Monitoring public financial flows and influencing pro-poor budgets

Convenors: Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability / Development Organisation for the Rural Poor / IRC / Rural Water Supply Network / Simavi / Water Integrity Network
Room: L11
Time: 16.00 - 17.30

Several organisations in Bangladesh, India and Kenya have collaborated to understand key moments for budget decision-making, allocations to water supply and sanitation and funding flows, and have provided voice and space to the most marginalised. The session will combine elements of role-play and interactive presentations and videos to showcase the processes and cases where success has been met – but challenges remain. We will have the perspectives of both CSOs and governments, what works and what does not work and how other stakeholders can be supporting of these processes. 

Wednesday, 28 August 

Skills for WASH systems strengthening

Convenor: IRC
Location: Dutch Pavilion (Booth C08)
Time: 13:00 - 14:00

The launch event for the WASH Systems Academy, an online learning platform initiated by IRC and supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Discover more about this free and unique learning tool and to find out how to register for the first course: 'WASH system strengthening: the basics".