Agenda For Change at UNC Water and Health Conference 2017

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The 2017 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, organized by The Water Institute at UNC, considers drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis.

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Agenda For Change and partners co-organised sessions

Where Agenda For Change partners & IRC, will be speaking at the 2017 UNC Water and Health Conference: 

Monday, 16 October


Tuesday, 17 October

New global SDG baselines for drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene

Conveners: WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme

Time: 08:30 – 12:00 | Dogwood

The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP) produces regular progress reports on global targets for drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. In 2017 the JMP produced its first progress report of the SDG period, establishing global SDG baselines for the year 2015. This side event will present highlights from the progress report, including discussion of the new SDG indicators of “safely managed” drinking water and sanitation services, key trends in access to “basic” services and new data on handwashing with soap and water. Read more pg. 48

Wednesday, 18 October

Moving beyond ODF; measuring the road towards SDG 6.2

Conveners: WSSCC Global Sanitation Fund; IRC; University at Buffalo

Time: 08:30 – 10:00 | Sunflower

In this side event the organisers will share and discuss recent experiences in programming and monitoring for scale, sustainability and equality in sanitation and hygiene behaviour change programming. Read more pg. 55

Sustainable WASH Systems for Sustainable WASH Services

Conveners: UC Boulder

Time: 08:30 – 10:00 | Windflower

The SDGs call for sustainable WaSH services in recognition of the evidence that shows that a significant percentage of WaSH infrastructure built during the MDG era are not functioning and not providing basic service delivery a few years (or even shorter) after construction has been completed. The WaSH community increasingly recognizes that a projectized business-asusual approach is not delivering sustainable services. A growing number of government and development partners understand that a key to sustainable services may be to take a systems approach that works to improve how stakeholders and institutions in the WaSH sector interact with and influence each other to produce desired results. Read more pg. 57

District Based Initiatives for achieving SDG6: Experiences of leveraging partnerships and building WASH local government systems in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Ethiopia, Niger and Mali

Conveners: IRC, Hilton Foundation

Time: 10:30 – 12:00 | Windflower

Ensuring universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires collective effort and cooperation to deliver the targets across the entire water cycle. Achieving SDG 6 requires coordination and aligning with country systems to bring sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene. What does that mean in practice? Read more pg. 60

Financing WaSH: how to increase funds for the sector while reducing inequities

Conveners: IRC;

Time: 10:30 – 12:00 | Azalea

There is an inherent challenge facing the WaSH sector: sustainability of services for everyone. As of 2015, 660 million people still do not have access to improved drinking-water sources and over 2.4 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation. This is due to “systems blindness”—a focus on the tangible infrastructure without attention to the supporting systems. IRC and have identified three key issues that need to be considered as ministers of finance work with relevant ministries to develop financing strategies that will enable their respective countries to meet their SDG 6 targets:

1) Finance for strengthening the enabling environment

2) Micro and blended finance as untapped financing mechanisms

3) Addressing inequities in allocation of finance in the sector (implementing financing systems that ensure marginalized communities have equal access to services) Read more pg. 60

Water and sanitation services in dispersed rural areas of Honduras

Conveners: Andres Gil, IRC

Time: 17:00 – 18:30 | Poster Reception

Thursday, 19 October

Sector reform processes for strengthening WASH systems in Ghana and Uganda

Conveners: IRC

Time: 10:30 – 12:00 | Wintergreen

This side event will provide a platform for participants to share information and experiences on how they work together within the wider complex systems that deliver WaSH services; specifically, we will look at what works, what does not work, how roles and responsibilities are understood and what challenges and incentives can drive or hinder positive change. Read more pg. 67

What does it take to have a fully functional service authority? Evidence from Honduras

Conveners: Andres Gil, IRC

Time: 16:00 – 17:00 | Bellflower

Friday, 20 October

Measuring long-term programs against Sustainable Water for All Collaborative Behaviors

Conveners: SWA and Agenda for Change

Time: 08:30 – 10:00 | Azalea

This side event will begin with a brief introduction to Agenda for Change, followed by a presentation examining how Ethiopia has taken concrete steps to commit to the Sustainable Water for All (SWA) Collaborative Behaviors (CB)’s. The room will then break into 4 groups, one for each of the CBs. Read more pg. 70

Amplifying impact: the case for advocacy and ways to measure it

Conveners: IRC, Simavi, Akvo and

Time: 10:30 – 12:00 | Sunflower

The purpose and goal of this session is to help the WaSH sector frame and effectively measure advocacy efforts and outputs. Read more pg. 71