Abstract submissions closed

Abstracts for presentations and posters

A conference program of oral presentations, with specific thematic sessions and streams, will be developed based upon the abstracts accepted. Submitted abstracts must align with one or more of the following topics (abstracts may align with more than one numbered topic, and do not necessarily need to align with a specific dot point listed under each topic).

To promote sharing and learning that is most useful to delegates, the conference is particularly interested to receive abstracts that:

  • include practice-based evidence (rigorous evaluations and analyses of what worked and what didn’t); or
  • address issues of scalability (how was/will the approach be implemented in a large (district/national) scale?); or
  • consider multiple-dimensions of service delivery (e.g. governance, management, finance, technical, customer engagement).
Abstracts for presentations and posters
1. Financing and investing to achieve universal and sustainable WASH systems
  • Incentivising investment in large-scale/universal WASH by governments and private sector
  • Effectiveness and strategies guiding multilateral agency investment in WASH, including the SDGs and learning from the MDGs
  • Incentivising and managing risks of WASH investments (e.g. through output-based approaches)
  • Allocating government WASH investment (e.g. between institutional/public WASH, and subsidising or cross-subsidising household WASH to urban, rural, remote, poorest-of-the-poor populations)
  • Expanding scale and reach through bottom-of-the-pyramid businesses
  • Value of social enterprises and impact investing to bring in private sector actors
  • Cost-benefit or cost-effectiveness analyses of WASH interventions
  • Motivating household investment in WASH
2. Collaborative and effective WASH enabling environments
  • Strategies for sector collaboration and coordination
  • Enabling environment actors, roles and functions
  • Influence and application of SDGs on national WASH enabling systems
  • Enabling accountability of governments and service providers
  • Building an effective WASH workforce and upskilling practitioners
  • Monitoring and research to improve evidence-based WASH
  • Participation of communities in WASH governance
  • Effective government planning or monitoring in the context of SDG6
3. Equitable WASH
  • Practical and scalable approaches to achieving universal access
  • Social inclusion strategies
  • Pro-poor support mechanisms and reaching the ‘last mile’
  • Identifying and targeting vulnerable populations
  • Approaches to including disability in WASH
  • Innovations in or evidence of effectiveness of financial mechanisms and incentives
  • Use of targets, data and monitoring to drive equitable WASH outcomes
4. Women and sustainable WASH
  • Meeting the specific WASH needs of women and girls, such as WASH for maternal health, menstrual hygiene management
  • Approaches to integrate gender-equality strategies
  • Strengths and challenges of mainstreaming and targeted gender objectives in WASH initiatives
  • Understanding and working with WASH decision-making dynamics within the household
  • Women’s participation and leadership in WASH within and beyond community levels, such as in workplaces
  • Leveraging WASH initiatives to empower women and achieve broader gender outcomes, such as, reducing gender-based violence, improving gender relations, improving reproductive health and fertility, improving women’s economic empowerment, livelihoods and education opportunities
  • Use of targets, data and monitoring to drive improvements to gender and WASH
5. Sustainable WASH for rural populations
  • Addressing the challenges of scale and sustainability of rural WASH systems
  • Achieving and sustaining open-defecation-free communities in challenging contexts
  • Service delivery models for rural, remote and small communities
  • Strategies for demand and supply approaches for rural WASH outcomes
  • Roles of enabling actors in rural WASH
  • Sustaining and continuous improvement of sanitation post-open defecation free achievements
  • Safe rural sanitation and/or faecal sludge technologies and management
6. Urban water and sanitation systems
  • Planning, service delivery models and technologies for systems to achieve sustainable water provision and sustainable waste management
  • Interactions with drainage and solid waste management
  • Technologies and strategies for transitioning urbanising rural communities from rural WASH systems to urban systems
  • Phasing and transitional technologies for sanitation in informal settlements
  • Integrating nature-based solutions to urban water and sanitation systems
  • Public health risk considerations in urban sanitation development
  • Integrating recycling of human waste to urban water and sanitation systems
7. WASH service delivery beyond households
  • Collaborative approaches to achieve and sustain WASH everywhere outside the household, such as in schools, health facilities, public spaces, work places
  • Service delivery approaches that can be achieved and sustained at large scales
  • Facilities that meet the needs of all users, including menstrual hygiene and disability
8. Hygiene for personal health and wellbeing
  • Evidence-based and scalable WASH-related hygiene promotion and behaviour change
  • Menstrual hygiene management in different settings (households, communities, work places, schools etc)
  • Approaches to community environmental health (linking human health to environmental conditions)
  • Cost-effectiveness of hygiene behaviour change approaches
  • Beyond access to wellbeing outcomes
  • Measuring hygiene and environmental health improvements from WASH initiatives
9. Integrating WASH with water security and other sectors
  • Climate change, resilience, vulnerability and WASH
  • Community-scale WASH and water resources management
  • Development and disaster WASH
  • Maximising synergies between WASH and nutrition programming and outcomes
  • Integrated approaches to WASH and food production
  • Leveraging investments between WASH and health and education sectors e.g. integrated programming, and cross-subsidies and incentives
10. Achieving SDG6 in Pacific Island Countries
  • Achieving climate-resilient WASH systems that are affordable for government and communities
  • Approaches to leverage or synergise efforts to meet immediate WASH needs, emergency WASH and climate-resilient WASH
  • Collaboration and coordination across country contexts
  • Community engagement in integrating WASH and water resources management
  • WASH with remote and small populations
  • WASH in rapidly urbanising, multicultural populations
  • Working within resource and capacity constraints
Abstracts for training and workshops

The WASH Conference Committee is extending opportunities for capacity development to delegates through training and workshop sessions. These sessions may take the form of either/both:

  • Training, during which the training leaders share existing knowledge with participants through activities and materials, or
  • Workshops, during which the training leaders facilitate the sharing of knowledge provided by themselves as well as by the participants. The workshops are suited to topics for which knowledge is still emerging and so collective sharing of knowledge is likely to provide a more comprehensive update on the knowledge. Examples of how this could be achieved include panels of participants sharing their knowledge, and breakout groups to discuss the state of knowledge on specific topics and report back to the broader groups.

Abstracts were invited from interested individuals or groups, on the conference topics, or other relevant topics.

The Conference Committee is reviewing abstracts and will work in partnership with selected training/workshop teams to ensure the training program delivers high quality opportunities for building the capacity of delegates