Stockholm World Water Week

Water for development: 23 - 28 August 2015

About Stockholm World Water Week

World Water Week, organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), took place between 23 and 28 August in Stockholm, Sweden, with the theme 'Water for development'. 

2015 marks the jubilee year for both World Water Week and the Stockholm Water Prize, and WaterAid celebrated by being a proud Key Collaborating Partner for the event.

Over the course of the week, more than 200 organisations collaborated on more than 100 events focused on water and development issues.

For more information, please visit the Stockholm World Water Week website >

WaterAid at World Water Week

In September, the Sustainable Development Goals will set the ambition for universal access to water and sanitation by 2030. This is crucial to achieving the wider goal of ending extreme poverty. Having access to water and toilets transforms people’s life chances, leading to better health, education and economic opportunities.

Children can avoid deadly diseases when they have safe, clean water to drink and soap to wash their hands with; teenage girls can stay in school when there are good sanitation facilities; women can earn a living when they don’t have to waste their days fetching dirty water from distant sources.

At Stockholm World Water Week, WaterAid shared the message that a step change in approach is needed from the sector, and that governments, NGOs, businesses and civil society must work together if we are to achieve the ambitious goal of universal access. We need to redouble our efforts, build new partnerships, use finances better, seek new funding sources and demonstrate a serious commitment to monitoring for improvement.

Catch up on any World Water Week sessions you might have missed >

Girl washing her hands.

Blog: Wising up about water

WaterAid's Chief Executive Barbara Frost tells us why a country can only develop fully if it has access to water and sanitation.

World WASH map World WASH map

Will everyone, everywhere achieve safe water and sanitation by 2030? Our interactive map predicts how things will look at current rates of progress.

For information or enquiries please contact Magdalena Olsson (WaterAid Sweden) or Miriam Denis Le Seve (WaterAid UK).

For media please contact Hannah Wilkinson.

Date and time



WaterAid contact

Sunday 23 August
09.00- 10.30

Launch of Water Integrity Global Outlook document

The Water Integrity Network

Barbara Frost

Monday 24 August

Opening plenary
Panellists include Barbara Frost

Stockholm International Water Institute

Barbara Frost
Kate Holme

Monday 24 August

Water for women- every woman counts. Every second counts.


Barbara Frost

Tuesday 25 August
Eye on Asia: Taking Actions for a Water Secure Asia Asian Development Bank, Asia Pacific Water Forum, WWF, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development  Louise Whiting
Tuesday 25 August
Eye on Asia: ‘Water- the Domestic Goddess’ Asian Development Bank, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WaterAid.  Jenny Fredby

Tuesday 25 August

Change doesn’t happen overnight: Challenges from the HSBC Water Programme

HSBC, WWF, Earthwatch, WaterAid

Katie Grace
Adeola Akintoye

Tuesday 25 August
Eye on Asia: Water for Cities Asian Development Bank, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, Water Resources Institute, International Water Council, WaterAid Henry Northover

Tuesday 25 August

Accelerating corporate action on WASH: Role and opportunity for business

United Nations Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, WaterAid and WBCSD

Hannah Greig

Wednesday 26 August

Workshop: Water as a driver for sustainable development and poverty eradication

SIWI, The World Bank Group, WaterAid and We Effect

Cecilia Chatterjee-Martinsen
Lydia Zigomo

Wednesday 26 August

Water, gender and distress: social equity in the post-MDG landscape

Columbia University, Emory University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/SHARE Research Consortium, Plan International, Society for the Promotion of Participatory Ecosystem Management, Texas A&M University, UNICEF, University of Oklahoma, University of Technology Sydney, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council and WaterAid 

Sweta Patnaik 

Wednesday 26 August

Collaborative water monitoring through open data and mobile technology

mWater, and WaterAid

Erik Harvey

Wednesday 26 August
Climate Resilient Water Sanitation and Hygiene services UNICEF, GWP  Vincent Casey

Wednesday 26 August

Changing behaviours to build systems that last: SWA’s evolving strategy

Government of Burundi, Government of South Sudan, IRC, Sanitation and Water for All, USAID and WaterAid

Clare Battle

Wednesday 26 August

Transforming the sanitation sector for achieving universal access by 2030

Water and Sanitation Program and WaterAid

Andres Hueso
Mathew Luckose

Wednesday 26 August

HSBC Water Programme drinks reception at Boccone, followed by a private view of the photo exhibition with the photographer on the pier.

HSBC, WWF, Earthwatch, WaterAid

Katie Grace

Thursday 27 August

WASH and Neglected Tropical Diseases- Tackling inequalities together

The Fred Hollows Foundation, International Coalition for Trachoma Control, Sightsavers, WaterAid and WHO

Yael Velleman

Thursday 27 August

Meeting the fundamental need for WASH in health facilities

UNICEF, WaterAid and WHO

Yael Velleman

Friday 28 August

Closing Session


Timeyin Uwejamomere


HSBC Water Programme photo exhibition

HSBC, WWF, Earthwatch, WaterAid

Katie Grace


WaterAid stand

Magdalena Olsson