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2017 Congress in Numbers






The development event for water professionals

Water is one of the most critical issues facing the world today. With developing and emerging economies confronted with some of the biggest water challenges they also represent some of the biggest opportunities to get our water future right.

Leading voices and thought-leaders


Doulaye Kone

Deputy Director, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene program – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rosie Wheen

Rosie Wheen 

Chief Executive – WaterAid Australia

Pay Drechsel

International Water Management Institute
Silver Mugisha

Silver Mugisha

National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda
Madhu Krishna

Madhu Krishna

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
India Country Office
Valeria Naidoo portrait

Valerie Naidoo

Water Research Commission, South Africa

An Outstanding Water Destination

Showcase your company and solutions in front of over 2000 water professionals.

Inspiring change, together!

We partner with some of the water sector’s leading companies and organisations and work together for a better water future. Our sponsors and partners benefit from a unique opportunity to connect and network with thought leaders from within and outside the water sector.

Co-organised by

Sri Lanka Government

National Water
Supply & Drainage Board

The 2017 edition

Water professionals vision

Innovative financing mechanisms to meet SDG6 target

IWA Development Award for Water Research 2017 WINNER

Exhibition of sustainable solutions for water and sanitation

#DevelopmentCongress – Connect the world to Water

Themes discussed at the #DevelopmentCongress

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And stay connected with IWA before, during and after the Congress to showcase, discuss and contribute to the World’s Leading Network of Water Professionals. For IOS and Android.

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A promising event that will take participants on a journey through the state of the art in water knowledge and leadership for emerging economies.