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We have less than a decade to think differently, work differently and connect systems to drive change.

This is no ordinary event.
This is
business unusual.
Keynotes, plenaries and panel discussions with a difference

  • Speakers and participants from around the world

  • Women's and young voices central – no all-male panels

  • Systems strengthening, solutions and leadership – not piecemeal project solutions

  • Focus on real change – not tokenism, paralysis by analysis, greenwashing

  • Governments and institutional agents central

  • Real-world cases, evidence and participant expertise in strengthening and connecting systems

Workshops, assemblies and networking that put you in the driving seat

  • Design sprints to co-design solutions in climate, presidential compacts, strengthening national systems

  • Topic assemblies to generate calls to action and commitments

  • Conversations that prompt action between government ministers and experts, practitioners and senior leaders; entrepreneurs and changemakers, influential thinkers and real achievers on the ground.


Together, we’ll champion effective and lasting change within and outside of our own silos, to make sure all systems connect. Over the three days, you’ll:


to act on water, sanitation, health and climate.

Discover new opportunities and novel ways of thinking and meet allies who can champion your cause.



with experts, activists and decision makers. Join conversations, build alliances and develop networks. It’s an opportunity to share ideas and apply the success and what’s been learnt from other fields.



the personal testimonies of citizens and senior leaders in districts across the world –  including marginalised communities – and how they are achieving justice through effective national systems and lasting, public services.



how to design, implement, monitor and fund for greater impact; how to overcome barriers to taking programmes to scale, armed with the skills to endure.



the change you want with the people that matter. Join inspiring presentations and disruptive ways of thinking. Build momentum with the connections you make that will grow deeper beyond the Symposium

 Join us, to be part of the action that will lead to change  

You'll leave re-energised, determined and equipped with the skills, know-how and connections to achieve so much more.

Explore our programme

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. 

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.  

A note on language

All Systems Connect 2023 will have two-way translation from and into English for French and Spanish speakers at some sessions. This will include all the plenary (All Together) sessions and a limited number of the parallel WASH Learning and CONNECT sessions. The Make Change Sprints will operate in English.

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