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

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Meet IRC at the Stockholm World Water Week

25th Aug 2019 to 30th Aug 2019

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See what we have planned with partners during Stockholm World Water Week 2019.

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.


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. 

Monday, 26 August

Addressing the elephant in the room: Accountability for SDG6

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

Strong water and sanitation systems need strong government

Convenors: IRC / Water Resources Planning and Regulation Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda
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 show case 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.