12.11.2013 -

EDD 2013 : UNESCO-IHE is organizing a lab session on "Supporting fragile states through WASH"

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, together with ODI, Tearfund and WaterAid, is organizing a brainstorming meeting during the upcoming European Development Days in Brussels on 'Supporting fragile states through WASH - How can basic services such as water and sanitation support peace and state-building in fragile states?'. This 'lab session' will be held Tuesday 26 November 2013 at 13:00-14:15 PM.

The call for a step change in the approach to engagement in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) has implications for a variety of development actors, across all areas of intervention. We must not only do different things, but also do things differently. Establishing peace and stability is now known to be crucial to development, and therefore all programmes in FCAS can and must contribute to achieving that goal.

Given the prominence of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs in FCAS, these interventions will remain essential, but WASH programmes must also contribute, where possible, to opportunities for state- and peace-building. There is a growing body of research and experience providing an evidence base for precisely how, and to what extent, basic service delivery – and in particular WASH – can contribute to peace-building and state-building in fragile states.

This session will discuss recent research linking WASH services to the broader peace- and state-building process. It will engage audience members in a discussion on how to do this better and what it requires by the different actors at various levels. The following speakers will introduce the topic:

  • Dick van Ginhoven, Senior Water and Sanitation Advisor, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
  •  Michelle Kooy, Water Governance Group Chair, Institute for Water Education – UNESCO-IHE


  • Hamani Oumarou, Country Manager for Niger, WaterAid
  •  Sarah Pickwick, Policy Officer for Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tearfund
  •  Leni Wild, Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute


For more information:


European Development Days 2013


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