Fostering Collaboration and Advancing Knowledge at the UNC Water and Health Conference 2023

A Showcase of Millennium Water Alliance Members’ Contributions

The annual UNC Water and Health Conference is a cornerstone event for the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector, bringing together the best minds, seasoned practitioners, and ardent advocates to share insights, discuss challenges, and propose solutions for global water and sanitation issues. This year, the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) members are proudly partaking in a series of events throughout the conference, underlining the collaborative ethos and the knowledge-sharing drive that propels our alliance forward.

As attendees of the conference and stakeholders of the WASH sector, you are warmly invited to attend the series of events featuring MWA members. These events are a testament to our collective commitment towards enriching the sector’s understanding and influencing positive change amidst critical times. Here’s why your attendance and engagement in these events are invaluable:

  • Collective Wisdom: Multiple MWA members will collaborate on panels and discussions. Notable events include a joint venture by World Vision, WaterAid, and Save the Children on “The Global Lead-Free Water Initiative” on October 25, from 8:30–10:00 AM at DOGWOOD, and another engaging session with Mortenson Center in Global Engineering & Resilience, Millennium Water Alliance on “Practical uses of groundwater monitoring and modeling data for WASH researchers and practitioners” on October 26, from 8:30–10:00 AM at BELLFLOWER.
  • Advocacy in Action: Amidst potential budget cuts in the international development sector, the alliance is actively voicing the essentiality of maintaining WASH budgets. Our Lunch Special event with John Sparks on October 25, from 12:15–1:15 PM at SUNFLOWER, titled “Is the U.S. Suddenly Retreating on ‘Water for the World’?”, is a crucial discussion that underscores this advocacy.
  • A Broad Spectrum of Insights: The array of topics covered by MWA members reflects the comprehensive approach towards addressing WASH challenges. From technology showcases to discussions on gender transformative WASH, the agenda is packed with learnings.

Below is the comprehensive schedule of MWA members’ participation at the UNC Water and Health Conference 2023. Your presence at these events is a step towards a deeper collaborative effort within the WASH sector.

Monday, October 23:

TimeOrganizationShort DescriptionTypeLocation
8:30–10:00 AMCAREWASH Systems Strengthening: Reflections on Design and Impact MeasurementSIDE EVENTSSUNFLOWER
1:30–3:00 PMWorld VisionWASHing Away Barriers: Approaches for Transformative WASH Service Delivery in Fragile Contexts and Vulnerable PopulationsSIDE EVENTSMOUNTAIN LAUREL
CAWSTSafe Water for 2 Billion People with $8 Billion by Scaling HWTSSIDE EVENTSAZALEA
3:30–4:45 PMCAREAddressing and Measuring Change in Structural Barriers to Gender Equality within the Federal Ministry of Water and Energy in EthiopiaVERBAL PRESENTATIONSWINDFLOWER
4:45–6:00 PMIRCAssessing WASH financing gaps to achieve SDG 6.1: Case Study from rural districts in Ethiopia
We collected all this Data…now what? Utilizing Data for informed decision-making in Uganda

Tuesday, October 24:

Start TimeOrganizationShort DescriptionTypeLocation
8:30–10:00 AMIRC EthiopiaEmerging Trends in Rural Water Management and Supporting EvidenceSIDE EVENTSREDBUD
12:15–1:15 PMUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Water Mission
Technology Showcase: Virridy Satellite-Connected Gateway, Restore Survey & Feedback Tool: Routine Evaluation of Sustainability and Transformation, One Million Wells ModelLUNCH & LUNCH SESSIONSWILLOW LOUNGE
1:30–3:00 PMWaterAidStrengthening Evidence on Sanitation Workers’ Rights: What Have We Learned from Efforts to Support Locally-Led Research?SIDE EVENTSAZALEA
3:30–4:45 PMCAREAn ex-post evaluation examining sustainability of outcomes in the Chivi WASH program ZimbabweVERBAL PRESENTATIONSDOGWOOD
4:45–6:00 PMSplashLeveraging the Social Ecosystem of Girls to Shift Menstruation Norms: A Longitudinal Impact Evaluation,POSTER PRESENTATIONS & HAPPY HOURATRIUM
International, University of Colorado, BoulderSystematic reviews of microbiological performance of household and community drinking water treatment technologies
CAREAddressing negative Gender and Social Norms in South Sudan through community dialogue and WASH

Wednesday, October 25:

8:30–10:00 AMWaterAidStrengthening Government-Led Systems to Deliver Safely Managed Sanitation and the Full Ambition of SDG 6.2SIDE EVENTSREDBUD S
World Vision
The Global Lead-Free Water InitiativeSIDE EVENTSDOGWOOD
Save the Children
Achieving SDG Targets on WinS: A Framework for AccelerationSIDE EVENTSSUNFLOWER
University of Colorado, BoulderLeveraging Innovation for Water Security: Exploring Cutting-Edge Technologies in Water Resource ManagementSIDE EVENTSBELLFLOWER
12:15–1:15 PMMillennium Water Alliance (John Sparks)
WaterAid America
Lunch Special: Is the U.S. Suddenly Retreating on “Water for the World”?LUNCH & LUNCH SESSIONSSUNFLOWER
1:30–3:00 PMHelvetasUsing Experiential WASH Indicators to Measure Impact and Assess Needs of Households and Institutions GloballySIDE EVENTSSUNFLOWER
Water MissionAccelerating Progress on Safe Drinking-Water with Results-Based FundingSIDE EVENTSWINDFLOWER
WaterAidHand Hygiene within reach: How can we achieve universal hand hygiene?SIDE EVENTSMOUNTAIN LAUREL
3:30–4:45 PMMillennium Water Alliance (June Samo)Assessing the status of private sector participation in water service provision in arid Northern KenyaVERBAL PRESENTATIONSREDBUD
University of Colorado, BoulderWater Scarcity and Security THE TAB KIT, Is WASH insecurity related to happiness or life satisfaction? Groundwater extraction modeling to supporting program planning in resource-limited contexts, Extending a groundwater demand model with groundwater level estimates and climate financing toward drought managementVERBAL PRESENTATIONSAZALEA

Thursday, October 26:

Start TimeOrganizationDescriptionTypeLocation
8:30–10:00 AMHelvetasThe Power of Systemic-Change Oriented WASH Initiatives: Strengthening the Health Systems by Tackling WASH in Healthcare FacilitiesSIDE EVENTSSUNFLOWER
WaterAid UK, Nigeria, and ZambiaHygiene Behavior Change to Prevent and Respond to Public Health Emergencies: Learnings from a Multi-Country Hygiene Behavior Change Initiative at ScaleSIDE EVENTSWINDFLOWER
Mortenson Center in Global Engineering and Resilience, University of Colorado Boulder
Millennium Water Alliance
Practical uses of groundwater monitoring and modeling data for WASH researchers and practitionersSIDE EVENTSBELLFLOWER
12:15–1:15 PMMillennium Water Alliance (Jason Lopez)Exploration of Carbon Finance in Ethiopian SettingLUNCH & LUNCH SESSIONSWILLOW LOUNGE
1:30–3:00 PMHelvetasWhat’s Next for Costing WASH in Healthcare Facilities? Applying Evidence for Policy and PracticeSIDE EVENTSREDBUD
PRO-WASH (Save the Children)
A Debate and Discussion on the Power and Pitfalls of Human-Centered Design Through Case StudiesSIDE EVENTSDOGWOOD
World Vision
A Recipe for Scale: Identifying Agile, Contextual, and Collaborative Approaches for WASH in SchoolsSIDE EVENTSWINDFLOWER
3:30–4:45 PMSplashWASH in Schools Three-arm experimental trial comparing operations and maintenance models for WASH in Schools in Addis AbabaVERBAL PRESENTATIONSREDBUD
4:45–6:00 PMCatholic Relief ServicesExploring Gender and Social Dynamics of Water Management Committees in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Engaging the Informal Private Water Sector to Respond to Water Supply Needs in Urban Areas, Assessing WaterPOSTER PRESENTATIONS & HAPPY HOURATRIUM
Millennium Water Alliance (Mussie Tezazu)System Strengthening Interventions: A Building Blocks and Qualitative Information System Approach in Amhara, Ethiopia

Friday, October 27:

8:30 AMPRO-WASH (Save the Children)Assessing & Addressing the Specific Pathways of Infection in Children Under Two: Moving Towards Transformational WASHSIDE EVENTSDOGWOOD
CAWSTNew Tools in the Toolbox: How We Can Evaluate Water Safety at the Household LevelSIDE EVENTSAZALEA
Mortenson Center in Global Engineering & Resilience
Millennium Water Alliance
Data: A Key to Unlocking Quality in WASH ProgramsSIDE EVENTSSUNFLOWER
World Vision
Raising the Tide for Gender Transformative WASHSIDE EVENTSWINDFLOWER

Let’s make the most out of the UNC Water and Health Conference 2023 by fostering dialogues, forging connections, and catalyzing collaborations towards a water-secure world for all. See you there!