February 20, 2020 Africa

IWA at the 20th AfWA International Congress & Exhibition

Meet the IWA experts and membership at the 20th AfWA International Congress & Exhibition in Kampala, Uganda | 24-27 February 2020 … and join us at our IWA booth C12 in the Exhibition: see the booth programme.

Young Water Professional Programme:

Bridging borders to foster innovative water and sanitation solutions for Africa

  • 23 – 25 February
The IWA co-hosts the YWP Congress Programme that is organized during the AfWA International Water Congress and Exhibition and will run throughout the congress with a number of activities including a full day YWP forum, networking sessions, mentorship sessions, workshops, and social events.

Meet the IWA YWP members who contribute to the programme:

  • Jacob Amengor, 2018 IWA Young Leader Award Winner, Ghana – Keynote
  • Bibilore Solarin, Nigeria – Panel member: Bridging borders to foster innovative water and sanitation solutions to achieve SDG 6 for Africa:
  • Hagimar von Ditfurth, Germany/Uganda – Panel member: Involving Youth in delivering the SDG 6
  • Lloyd Fisher Jeffes, South Africa – Facilitating brain-storming session on strengthening YWP chapters in Africa
  • Charity Supeyo, Kenya – Facilitating the Fire Side Chats (8 groups): Knowledge sharing/Success stories on YWP implementation activities and impact created 
  • Fisher John Sekabira  – host organiser YWP forum

Plenary – Digital Water and Smart Solutions

  • Session 2.1.0
  • Plenary
  • 25 Feb / 09:00-10:00
With increasing global change pressures, cities of the future will experience difficulties in efficiently managing scarcer and less reliable water resources. Against such mounting global pressures, the dawn of the digital water economy will prove transformation in enabling the water sector and its customers to transition towards a new paradigm for urban water management. The sector should adopt a smarter approach to water management: Smart by design, Smart in Use and Smart (Digital) in Control.

Keynote: Prof Kala Vairavamoorthy, IWA Executive Director


  • Prof Kala Vairavamoorthy, IWA Executive Director
  • Dr. Silver Mugisha, National Water and Sewage Corporation (NWS), Uganda
  • Dr. Asma El Kasmi,  IWA Board,  National Office for Electricity and Potable Water (ONEE ) , Morocco
  • Serena Kwakye-Mintah, Ghana Water Company Limited


  • Session
  • Victoria Room
  • 25 Feb / 10:30-12:00
AquaRating is the universal water & sanitation management assessment and rating system for utilities based on reliable and verified information. Developed by the International Water Association (IWA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), AquaRating assesses the performance of utilities in a comprehensive and transparent way. The AquaRating method provides a clear vision of all aspects of the utility, by establishing a reliable baseline and orienting utilities on the most important areas for performance improvement.

Innovative tools and emerging good practices for sanitation regulation (ESAWAS and IWA )

  • Session
  • Crane Room
  • 25 Feb / 13:00-15:00
What is the role of regulators in achieving safe, equitable sanitation for all? Achieving SDG 6 requires new approaches to regulating both sewered and non-sewered sanitation and practical tools to enable effective regulatory decisions. With this session, the International Water Association (IWA) and Eastern and Southern Africa Regulators Association (ESAWAS) will present regulatory approaches and tools being introduced in the region and discuss good practices in sanitation regulation emerging from members’ experiences.


Governance and Regulation for Inclusive Urban Sanitation

  • Room 10
  • 25 Feb / 13:30–15:00
What is the role of regulators in achieving safe, equitable sanitation for all? Organizing urban sanitation as a public service, backed by innovative regulation, can increase private investment in the sector, improve access for low-income communities and enhance the safety and quality of sanitation services for all. Representatives of the World Bank, the Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation Regulators Association and the International Water Association will discuss the evolving role of regulators in the urban sanitation sector and good practices emerging from ongoing work to support effective regulation of urban sanitation. Water and sanitation regulation professionals from RURA and EWURA will share on-the-ground perspectives on how they are putting these principles and strategies into practice to support implementation of new mandates in the urban sanitation sector.


  • Gustavo Saltiel, Global Lead for Water Supplyand Sanitation, World Bank
  • Yvonne Magawa, Project Manager, Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation Regulators Association
  • Exaudi Fatael Maro, Director of Water and Sanitation, Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority, Tanzania
  • Jacques Nzitonda, Director of Water and Sanitation, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority
  • Prof. Kala Vairavamoorthy, Executive Director IWA

Download session programme

Non-Revenue Water Management in Low and Middle Income Countries – IWA Water Loss Specialist Group (Roland Liemberger)

Double session:

  • Session 
  • Victoria Room
  • 25 Feb / 13:00-15:00


  • Session
  • Victoria Room
  • 25 Feb / 15:15-16:45
Water loss or non-revenue water (NRW) has a global volume of 346 million cubic meters per day or 126 billion cubic meters per year. This creates costs –or value of water lost- of USD 39 billion per year and occur by 80% in low and middle income countries and has a massive impact on the resources, the economies and environment.

This workshop will highlight the importance of Non-Revenue-Water management by presenting on the immense and immediate significant it delivers and how water professionals can tackle this problem for the interest of all. This training will provide participants with an understanding from assessing Non-Revenue Water to developing and implementing improvement plans.


Manage, recharge, protect – Groundwater for resilient urban water supply – BGR/IWA GM Specialist Group (Dr. Michael Eichholz and Dr. Stephen Foster)

  • Session
  • Nile Room
  • 26 Feb / 13:30-15:00
Water supply in many African cities often originates from the underground. Unlike rivers and lakes, groundwater is invisible and out of sight for citizens and policy makers.

The session will demonstrated and present ways to protect, manage and restore this vital groundwater resources and present wise governance arrangements that make the urban water systems fit for present and future challenges of urbanisation and support adaptation to climate change.