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Finding solutions to the most pressing challenges in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector - with the help of allies beyond it.


In these laboratories of change small teams will take part in a structured collaboration to innovate and prototype exciting solutions.


Over the course of All Systems Connect 2023, ideas from our design sprint participants will be critiqued, validated and reinforced. By the end of the symposium, three concrete outcomes to drive systems change will be presented be taken forward by one or more of the participating stakeholders.

Sprints challenges
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Water and climate activists unite to catalyse the movement to achieve SDG6

How can an alliance of young water and climate activists drive greater public awareness and more urgent national and global policy responses to prioritise 'water for people' at the heart of climate narratives and adaptation?  

Our Sprinters

Meet some of the people leading the MAKE CHANGE sprints.

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Former UN Youth Delegate for Ireland and currently the Climate Justice officer for the National Youth Council of Ireland. A climate activist at heart who is passionate about justice and the role of young people in advocacy. Valery holds a BA in Politics, International Relation, Philosophy and social justice and a Master’s in Environmental Policy.

Valery Molay

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An unstoppable force for change, Hajar has been collecting representing young people's views and ideas on international platforms since she was 18 years old. She is particularly passionate about human rights, the climate crisis, and water, sanitation and hygiene – and of course, the interconnections between them. 

Hajar Yagkoubi

Learn more about our sprints
What is a design sprint?

Design sprints are structured intensive processes to redefine and solve complex problems as a team. The group will refine an initially long list of potential solutions into a single idea that will be elaborated and tested with external stakeholders during the three days of the design sprint.


A design sprint is perfect for coming up with new, innovative game-changing ideas and testing them quickly in a cost-effective and risk-free way.


At the end of the sprint, the idea will be either validated, rejected, or sent back to the sprinters for reworking.

What is the end result of the MAKE CHANGE Sprints?

MAKE CHANGE Sprints at All Systems Connect will develop concrete project ideas, campaigns, product ideas, or roadmaps for action. They could be policy-oriented, programmatic, influencing-focused, or technological.

For example, a solution could be a new idea for public engagement, or a specific modality for channelling finance. We won’t know until we’ve sprinted! 

Who participates in a design sprint?

The sprinters will be a mix of (6-10) diverse experts from within and beyond the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, hand-picked for their diverse perspectives that represent the key stakeholders involved in the problem and its solutions. One or two ‘quasi external’ perspectives can also add richness by bringing new ways of viewing the challenge context.

Explore the rest of our programme

CONNECT goes to the heart of the purpose of the symposium: understanding what connects us, and to explore our shared challenges. Experts, activists, decision-makers and influencers come together to find better ways of addressing shared system challenges and drive meaningful inclusive change. 

Under 5 key themes, experts will share the latest real world cases, evidence and experiences in strengthening and changing water, sanitation and hygiene systems. We will unpack successes and failures, and reflect on achieving scale and sustainability and equity.  

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