August 5, 2019 SDGsSolutions (expo)

IWA Development Awards 2019

Nominations Deadline Extended to 15 August 2019

Do you know of an innovation in water that has led to demonstrable impact?

Nominate it now for the IWA Development Awards 2019

Due to the many requests for an extension, the deadline for nominations has now been changed to 15th August 2019. 

The IWA Development Awards recognise excellence, leadership and innovation in the water and sanitation sector, and aims to encourage the continued contribution to the sustainable management of water and sanitation in low- and middle-income countries.

The award is open to an individual (IWA member or non-member), or representative of an organisation active in the sector. Eligible individuals/organisations can be drawn from practice, academia/science, consultancy, equipment manufacturers, NGOs and civil society, international organisations or government.

There are two categories of the IWA Water and Development Awards:

  • The Water and Development Practice Award celebrates outstanding accomplishments in the practice of forward-thinking applications and solutions to advance clean and safe water and sanitation in low and middle-income countries. These solutions can range from specific technologies and infrastructure, to innovative approaches that improve performance, efficiency and sustainability in operations and maintenance. The award also recognises social innovation, social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.
  • The Water and Development Research Award recognises and promotes high-quality, impactful research. Research is the powerhouse of disruptive and breakthrough innovation. This award celebrates research that is challenging existing methods and approaches to create new opportunities in the area of sustainable water and sanitation in low- and middle-income countries. It is open to research of all types, as well as early stage business projects that are not yet market ready.


The IWA Development Awardees are selected by a panel of experts every two years.

The 2019 winners will be presented with the award at the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition, 1-5 December 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

For more information and details on criteria, please visit this page.