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Country Dialogues

These special key sessions will highlight country voices, sharing experiences across countries on their WASH development agendas and solutions. Sessions will focus on systems change at district, national, and regional levels.

Together stronger – all systems are connected

We open with our symposium’s purpose. Experts, changemakers and decision-makers assemble to explore how connecting across boundaries and promoting systems leadership can help us achieve social justice and improved national systems.

D.1 Advancing progress towards universal WASH services in Africa

Time: 11:30

Location: Amazon, World Forum

BY INVITATION ONLY  - A high-level session highlighting systems challenges and solutions to strengthen country systems and stronger engagement with other strategic sectors (economic development, climate resilience, and health).





Water For People

D.2 WASH systems in Asia: reflections and lessons

Time: 13:45

Location: South America, World Forum

In this session we plan to discuss the experiences of system strengthening in the South Asia region. The session will delve into the lessons especially with respect to ensuring no one is left behind, and how the private sector can be engaged going ahead.


Ruchika Shiva, IRC

Dr Patrick Moriarty, IRC

Strengthening all systems – building resilience with water, sanitation and hygiene

Our systems journey continues as we explore and promote the role of resilient national water and sanitation systems, and the change agenda required to deliver them. Explore how water and sanitation can galvanise the development of wider public services. 

D.3 Strengthening national water, sanitation and hygiene systems

Time: 13:45

Location: Yangtze 1, World Forum

A session sharing cases in strengthening national WASH systems and how development partners and collective action can support change. Examples from Rwanda, Mali, and the Partnership for WASH Systems in Africa.


Afou Chantal Bengaly, IRC


Gilles Tagne, IRC

Aidan Cronin, UNICEF

Olivier Sieyadji, UNICEF WCARO

Bruce Owonkunda, Water For People

Nick Dickinson, WASHNote

D.4 Broadening systems boundaries and scaling the circular sanitation economy: cases from Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, and India

Time: 15:30

Location: Yangtze 1, World Forum

Have you heard or seen a sanitation business that is thriving? Welcome to a session where we shall hear how Safisana developed a circular business model for sanitation and waste treatment in non-sewered urban areas. Listen to Government, NGO and private sector partners from Africa and India on how they are collaborating to strengthen the sanitation system.


Cate Zziwa Nimanya, Water For People

Charlotte Akwaah-Adjei, Government of Ghana

Ruchika Shiva, IRC

Lars Osterwalder, IRC

Brenda Achiro Muthemba, Water For People

Bishwadeep Ghose, Water For People

Machteld van Hulten, Safisana

Michiel Bakkum, Safisana

HE Dr Dereje Duguma Gemeda, Ministry of Health

Taking action as systems leaders

We'll synthesise insights from the first two days, agree on actions and put you in the driving seat. With help from our Wisdom Council, you’ll take part in Action Assemblies and a final plenary to help define a post-event agenda while –hopefully – committing to your role in it. 

D.5 Leveraging local government leadership for scale

Time: 8:30

Location: Mississippi, World Forum

This session is a great opportunity to learn from local and national government political and technical WASH systems leaders from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Honduras and Uganda. Through panel discussions, World Cafés and Q&As, the session will facilitate exchange of lessons, best practices and challenges in leveraging local government leadership to implement and scale WASH systems approaches.


Jeremiah Achumware Atengdem, IRC

Brenda Achiro Muthemba, Water For People

Mulumba Jane Nabunnya, IRC

Laura Brunson, Water For People

Juste Nansi, IRC

Hon. Richard Rwabuhinga, Kabarole District Local Government, Uganda

Eng. Joseph Oriono Eyatu, Ministry of Water and Environment, Directorate of Water Development, Uganda

Hon. Joseph Karungi, LC 5 Kamwenge District Local Government, Uganda

Henry Gudiel, Water For People

Maricela Rodriguez, IRC

Gabino Argueta Gálvez, Santa Maria District, Honduras / MAMCEPAZ, La Mancomunidad de Municipios del Centro de La Paz

Sarahi Morales, Aguas de Marcala

Gilbert Bassole, National Water and Sanitation Company (ONEA), Burkina Faso

Patience Ampomah, National Development Planning Commission, Ghana

Hon. George Boakye, Regional Minister, Ahafo Region, Ghana

Joseph Ntiamoah, Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council, Ghana

Hon. Anthony Mensah, District Chief Executive, Asutifi North District, Ghana

Hon. Frank Aduse Poku, Asunafo South District, Ghana

Hon. Yaw Osei Boahen, Municipal Chief Executive, Asunafo District, Ghana

Nabil Chemaly, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Riabelle Zohoun, IRC

D.6 Ministers Action Assembly

Time: 11:00

Location: Mississippi, World Forum

BY INVITATION ONLY - This closed, high-level session will allow Ministers from multiple sectors across the globe to confer with peers on advancing systems leadership using the sprint on presidential compacts as a basis for the interactive dialogue. Key actions with be incorporated into the closing plenary.


Dr Patrick Moriarty, IRC

Samson Bekele, Water For People

Jon Allen, Water For Good

Catarina De Albuquerque, Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)

Explore the rest of our programme

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