Tuesday, 10 November 2015 01:00

Call for papers: Availability & Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All

The WEDC International Conference is a comprehensive and interactive learning event, which provides continued professional development for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector professionals. 

The conference is a valued and respected platform for reflection, debate and exchange of knowledge and ideas which are rooted in practice. Our programme includes three days of presentations and discussion of peer-reviewed content. This is alongside two days of focused capacity development workshops designed to develop skills and knowledge in topical areas, which have been jointly identified and developed with sector stakeholders.

In 2016 we consider our respective contributions to the achievement of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We invite partners, and those conducting significant or innovative programmes and projects with interesting experiences, to share those with us. A variety of formats during our event help to facilitate this and our collective learning, including discussion of peer reviewed papers, poster or espresso slot presentations, side events, or capacity development workshops. These are alongside a fun social programme to support networking.

We welcome you to join us in Kumasi, to meet and discuss these important issues with your peers.

Possibilities to contribute:

Papers and Discussion Sessions (deadline for Initial Paper submissions and Capacity Development Workshop before 1st February 2016)

From Monday to Wednesday a variety of briefing and refereed papers will be presented and discussed. Papers will be grouped thematically, and sessions will include both types of papers. Briefing papers may be direct accounts of projects, or programmes and aim to share successes and failure of approaches and field experiences including lessons learnt. Top quality refereed papers from global WASH leaders are structured to incorporate new knowledge, clear rigorous methodologies and analysis. Lively and constructive discussions are common, such that experiences from the floor complement those presented and enhance the collective learning experience. Details of submission process attached.

Espresso Slots

A number of these discussion sessions are also dedicated to mixed topic espresso slot presentations. This innovative and popular format allows presenters to introduce strictly four slides in five minutes, followed by discussion time. Please note that presentations must be received a minimum of a day in advance of presentation – provided that spaces are available. Slides are reviewed beforehand and will be included in the Conference Proceedings.


Posters are simple summaries of a relevant topic or project, reviewed by the Editor. These will be prominently displayed during the conference, with time allocated for dedicated discussions. Posters can be submitted for review by the Editor up to the end of May 2016.

Side Event

Side events are a 1.5 hour slot in the early evening (typically 17.30 – 19.00). International agencies, programmes or projects share results, introduce new approaches, or consult with the conference audience on emerging topics in the sector, using various formats. We aim to include an exciting variety and balance of topics in our side event programme, and ask that conveners allow for some flexibility on the timing of preferred slots to help us to programme this.

Additional Info

  • Description Resume: The WEDC International Conference is a highly respected, global platform for practitioners, decision makers, academics and researchers who lead water and sanitation innovation in developing countries.

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