WASH Futures 2018 Awards

Recognising the achievements of individuals and organisations active in WASH.


Civil Society Innovation Award

The purpose of this award is to highlight and showcase the innovative work of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)/Non-government Organisations (NGOs) in improving WASH service delivery and sustainability.

Congratulations to WaterAid Cambodia for winning the 2018 Civil Society Innovation Award for their creative promotion of inclusive hygiene and handwashing with soap messaging in the music video WASH It!. Read more here.



First prize: AUD$10,000 towards further dissemination of the innovation and/or capacity building and knowledge building activities for the CSO (e.g. conference attendance, training courses, etc.).

2 x Runner-up prizes: AUD 2,500 each. Same conditions apply as per first prize.

Award finalists:

The CS WASH Fund has announced the top three finalists for this award. They are (in alphabetical order):

  • iDE: Systems Based Approach to Sanitation
  • Improve International: Donor scorecard – encouraging follow-up and sharing results to keep the water flowing
  • WaterAid: Wash It – Music video rocks Cambodians to wash their hands with soap

Read more on the finalists from the CS WASH Fund here.

 Poster Awards

Congratulations to the following Poster Award Winners:

Best Poster (judge’s choice) – Raisa Chowdhury with her poster on Sanitation in slums – conflicting abilities and choices

Most Popular Poster (delegate’s vote) – Diana Gonzalez-Botero with her poster on Developing Menstrual Hygiene Management Tools for Improved Hygiene in Schools




Student Big Ideas Award

The purpose of this award is to showcase the BIG IDEAS that students around the world have in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

What are your BIG IDEAS for the WASH sector? How do you think the sector could strengthen collaborations to improve WASH? Is there an approach or technology that gets you excited about how we could be tackling the challenge of providing pathways to universal and sustained WASH? Have you got an idea about how the impact of WASH interventions could be measured or understood better?

This award is open to all WASH topic areas and both secondary and tertiary (undergraduate and postgraduate) students are strongly encouraged to participate.

Congratulations to Edoardo Bono for being awarded the 2018 Student Big Ideas Award for his Big Idea on WASH in Comprehensive Development. Tanja Rosenqvist was also awarded runner-up for the award with her Big Idea on Governing WASH Through Games.  

Sponsor: Griffith University


First prize: AU$1,000 

Runner-up: AU$500 

Prize-money is to be used towards professional development (memberships, conference attendance, journal subscriptions of your choice).

Award finalists:

We’re pleased to announce the three finalist entries for the Student Big Ideas Award 2018. They are in alphabetical order:

Shortlisted videos will be shown during the Monday afternoon plenary of WASH Futures 2018 (5 March) with the winner selected by popular vote from delegates and announced at the Conference Dinner Tuesday 6 March.