IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition

Local Organizer: Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply of Sri Lanka
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Sustainable solutions for emerging economies

To achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 6 of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, will require a massive effort by the water and sanitation practitioners, especially those in low and middle income countries.

We are beyond a simple model of expanded investment in infrastructure, there are numerous challenges and they are linked in often complex ways. For example, progress in the sector is significantly hampered by an overall shortage of appropriately skilled people in the workforce.

IWA has published a preliminary analysis from 15 countries in 2014. Developing and emerging economies have made efforts to cope with the challenges, training, establishing competency frameworks, organizational development and implementing institutional frameworks.

This is only one issue for which the fifth Water and Development Congress & Exhibition in Colombo, SriLanka creates an opportunity to share, mutually reinforce and accelerate work in progress.

Programme Committee

Name Affiliation Country
Doulaye Kone (Chair)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation United States Of America
Ashok Natarajan
Tamil Nadu Water Investment Company India
Buddhika Gunawardana
Moratuwa University Sri Lanka
Harsha Ratnaweera
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) Norway
Miriam Otoo
IWMI Ghana
Jay Bhagwan
South African Water Research Commission South Africa
Manesh Jayaweera
Moratuwa University Sri Lanka
Min Yang
Chinese Academy of Sciences China
Miriam Otoo
International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Ghana
Pallavi Bishnoi
Real Time Renewables India
Rose Kaggwa
National Water and Sewerage Corporation Uganda
Rosie Wheen
WaterAid Australia
Indian Institute of Technology Madras India
S.K. Weragoda
National Water Supply and Drainage Board Sri Lanka
Sofia Castro
Tanuja Ariyananda
Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum Sri Lanka
Thomas Panella
Asian Development Bank Philippines