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2019 IWA Water Development Awards

IWA Water and Development Award – Research
Dr. Miriam Otoo has co-led and produced an 800-page book on Business Models for Energy, Nutrient and Water Reuse in Low- and Middle-income countries, and framework for testing the implementation feasibility of resource recovery and reuse (RRR) models. Her research incentivises the participation of the private sector, leverages private capital, and forms public-private partnerships which help to realise the value of waste as a resource for safe reuse. Dr. Otoo was honoured for her contribution to, and initiation of, research on RRR business models for lower and middle-income countries.

IWA Water and Development Award –  Practice
The IWA Development Award jury considered the implementation of low-cost technology in extremely vulnerable dry regions to epitomise the spirit of the Award. The business model incentivises the transfer of funds from companies to farmers, having a strong direct impact in the communities served and contribute to the maintenance of food production in times of drought. To date, Mr Meeranaik has implemented the system across India, in over 1,500 bore wells. Mr. Sikandar Meeranaik was honoured for his engagement in Borewell Recharge and Rainwater Harvesting in rural






Keynote sessions and plenary discussions

Opening Ceremony

Full session

Rosie Wheen:
Human Rights to safe drinking water and Sanitation

Pay Drechsel:
Resource recovery & reuse business models

Madhu Krishna:
Ensuring a diverse and fair water and sanitation sector

Silver Mugisha:
Utility management in emerging economies

Valerie Naidoo:
Innovation to overcome global water challenges

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.

Closing Ceremony

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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
Madhu Krishna

Madhu Krishna

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
India Country Office
Silver Mugisha

Silver Mugisha

National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda
Valeria Naidoo portrait

Valerie Naidoo

Water Research Commission, South Africa
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