Thought-provoking contributions

Extended deadline: 12th of June 2017!

Call for Submissions

IWA’s Water and Development Congress series aims to catalyse transformational change and support transition to new ways of managing water resources and delivering water services. The Congress is explicitly solutions-focused, its performance indicators include the level of effective networking, knowledge exchange and the generation of new ideas shared by the participants.

Participants to the IWA’s Water and Development Congress can expect to leave the conference with new ideas and be inspired to take these back and share them with their colleagues or apply them in their own areas of work.

IWA is inviting proposals for events and sessions (scientific sessions, interactive workshops, training events, regional fora), and abstracts of scientific/technical/policy papers related to the themes and topics listed below. Please submit your proposals/abstracts using the buttons below.

For your reference, check out this template of a session proposal, or the template of an abstract proposal.

Should you feel you have a contribution to make that addresses the questions posed above but not listed among the topics, should you have any other suggestions for the programme and/or any further questions, then please be in touch with the organizers via


1. Efficient Utilities as Drivers for Sustainable Development

  • Strengthening corporate governance
  • Bridging the “awareness gap” between short-term decision-making and long-term water infrastructure investment
  • Sharing experiences in utility turnaround
  • Inducing willingness to pay
  • Implementing innovative tools for utility management
  • Updating status and trends in the introduction of water safety planning and sanitation safety planning
  • Instilling a “business planning culture” in public utility management
  • Reducing energy consumption (and carbon footprints)
  • Investing in the catchment to reduce costs in water supply treatment
  • Recovering water for reuse
  • Integrating human rights principles and criteria into utility business plans
  • Reducing wastage through a systems approach considering the urban water cycle as a whole
  • Sharing efficient and effective utility capacity building experiences
  • Promoting efficient service delivery
  • Investing in adequate wastewater treatment technology
  • Defining levels of service and assessing performance
  • Defining service levels to achieve human rights to water and sanitation
  • Planning and implementing fit-for-purpose water and wastewater treatment solutions
  • Delivering capacity building of water operators and professionals in different regions
  • Providing an overview of the regional arsenic contamination / arsenic removal technologies
  • Promoting virtual water management
  • Sharing sea water desalination experiences
  • Developing leadership – diversity, inclusiveness and vision
  • Recovering resources from wastewater
  • Developing adequate fecal sludge management
  • Influencing water demand
  • Novel financing mechanisms enabling effective and efficient systems
  • Understanding rural water and sanitation challenges and providing sustainable solutions

2. Operation and Maintenance of Water and Sanitation Systems for a “Replenished” Water and Social Environment

  • Planning asset management and financing capex and opex, a key issue to ensure the performance of the service
  • Sharing experiences of collaboration between utilities to improve capacities and competences
  • Implementing sanitation safety planning for fecal sludge management
  • Managing drinking water quality for safeguarding environmental and public health
  • Managing sewage overflows
  • Improving treated wastewater discharge and water quality of receiving water bodies
  • Applying human rights criteria to O&M
  • Developing material and design criteria aimed at reducing costs and construction period for network expansion
  • Achieving 24×7 water supply
  • Reducing water losses
  • Stressing the role of women as leaders in rural water and sanitation organisations

3. Integrating Water in City Planning and Design

  • Using blue, green and grey infrastructure to increase urban resilience
  • Planning to take advantage of water synergies between different industries and services in the urban environment
  • Considering modular and/or decentralized solutions to increase urban water efficiency
  • Replenishing groundwater
  • Planning to respond to rapid urban population growth
  • Promoting environmental, social and health impact assessment of blue prints for urban water and sanitation development
  • Rainwater harvesting and reuse

4. Connecting Basins and the Cities/Towns that depend on them - the Interface between Custodians and Users

  • Leveraging nature-based solutions in watersheds and micro-watersheds
  • Sharing water resources with other users across the basin: tools and methods
  • Protecting downstream water quality: tools and methods
  • Preparing for extreme events with urban and basing integrated solutions
  • Increasing resilience through water and resource efficient urban and peri-urban agriculture
  • Increasing resilience through water- and resource-efficient urban and peri-urban industries
  • Protecting water quality and availability through improved urban and peri-urban agriculture and industrial practices
  • Managing exchange of financial and water resources between urban users and basin stewards
  • Connecting nature conservation and integrated water resources management
  • Engaging cities, utilities, industry and local communities in basin management
  • Increasing resilience through social capital
  • Internalising water use costs in products, goods and commodities
  • Managing the water-energy-food nexus
  • Raising the gender profile in urban/rural (basin) interactions
  • Putting into place flood warning systems
  • Integrating urban water bodies to enhance liveability
  • Ensuring water security to satisfy present and future needs
  • Connecting wastewater planning with basin management
  • Exploring water supply options in remote areas Stormwater control preventing flooding and contamination

5. Water Policies, Regulations and Multi-stakeholder Collaboration

  • Harmonizing institutions, policies and regulations: the need for holistic interventions
  • Defining the role of regulation in meeting the SDGs
  • Enabling reuse & recovery from the technical, institutional and financing/contracting angle
  • Developing water security during extreme events
  • Promoting water and sanitation systems and services in slum upgrading programmes
  • Strengthening the capacity of entrepreneurs to offer water and sanitation services in rural and peri-urban areas
  • Implementing pro-poor approaches
  • Defining tariffs, balancing affordability and cost recovery
  • Initiating and maintaining multi-stakeholder collaboration to achieve improved services
  • Fostering political & social engagement in water issues
  • Presenting the Argentina National Water Plan: benchmark and international discussion & input
  • Attracting talent and skills to water and sanitation jobs
  • Engaging youth as part of succession planning
  • Ensuring policy, legislation, regulation and funding mechanisms that foster urban water and sanitation for all
  • Highlighting regional preparation and contribution towards 2018 World Water Forum
  • Fostering good governance and public participation
  • Moving on equality, non-discrimination and gender balance in water policies and regulations
  • Making hard investment choices: improving treated waste water quality to protect the environment or connecting people without sanitation service?
  • Ensuring financial sustainability to achieve universal access and service goals

Progamme Advisory Committee

  • Robert Bos (Chair), Independent Consultant, Water, Sanitation, Health and Environment, Switzerland
  • Daniel Nolasco (Vice-Chair), NOLASCO y Asociados S. A., Argentina
  • Eleanor Allen, Water for People, USA
  • Victor Arroyo, CAF-Banco de Desarrollo de America Latina, Venezuela
  • Patricia Bakir, Independent Consultant, Jordan
  • Corinne Cathala, Inter-American Development Bank, USA
  • Ana Colombo, AySA, Argentina
  • Paul Fanner, Miya, UK
  • Philip Giantris, Valu Add Management Services, Albania
  • Olivier Gosso, SODECI Société de Distribution d’Eau de la Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast
  • Rose Kaggwa, National Water & Sewerage Corporation, Uganda
  • Dinesh Mehta, CEPT University (Emeritus Professor), India
  • Téofilo Monteiro, Pan American Health Organization, Peru
  • Oscar Pintos, ADERASA, Argentina
  • Gustavo Saltiel, World Bank, Peru
  • Marcos von Sperling, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Christian Taylor, AySA, Argentina
  • Uta Wehn, UNESCO – IHE, The Netherlands

The organizers are looking for

  • New, viable business models
  • New, emerging and evolving best practices
  • Experiences of successfully taking pilots to full scale
  • Capacity development with sustained results
  • Large scale investment models
  • Low-cost, low-energy technologies
  • Successful reform programmes

Draft Schedule