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Welcome to the 20th AfWA ICE Kampala-Uganda 2020.

The African Water Association (AfWA), formerly known as Union of African Water Suppliers (UAWS), is a professional association of establishments, enterprises and utilities operating in the areas of drinking water, sanitation and environment in Africa. AfWA has over 100 utilities members from over 40 countries across Africa

As part of the mechanisms to enhance the exchange of ideas and recent developments in the water and sanitation sector, AfWA holds an International Congress and Exhibition every two years. The last Congress (19th AfWA ICE) was held in Bamako, Mali in February, 2018. At that Bamako Congress, the AfWA Executive Board selected Kampala-Uganda as the host for the next AfWA ICE 2020.

Draft Congress Programme

Water is one of the most critical issues facing the world today. With developing and emerging economies confronted with some of the biggest water challenges they also represent some of the biggest opportunities to get our water future right.

The Young Water Professionals

The Young Water Professionals (YWP) programme operates under the auspices of the International Water Association (IWA) at the global level and the African Water Association (AfWA) in Africa. IWA’s programme of activities for Young Water Professionals aims to empower the next generation of water leaders at the international level. At national level (YWP chapters) are hosted and supported by partner organizations within the country.

Congress Objectives

AfWA ICE 2020 has a number of key objectives:

  • Bring together a diverse range of practitioners, scientists, development partners and industry representatives, working across different areas of water and sanitation sector across the world.
  • Provide opportunities for translation of research to practice .
  • Identify new breakthroughs (both research and good practices) in addressing water and sanitation challenges in Africa
  • Reflecting on Africa’ progress in achieving the SDGs and establishing new impetus to achive water and sanitation for all
  • Provide a forum for young water professions, students and early career researchers and practitioners to engage with international experts, thus helping to educate the next generation and emerging water leaders.
  • Foster interactions with development partners, financing institutions and solution providers, and advocate the benefits of collaboration and support towards achieving water and sanitation for all in Africa.
  • Contribute to the continuing development and expansion of the various international, regional and national partnerships and associations

Congress Themes

The overall theme of AfWA ICE 2020 is “New Breaking new grounds to accelerate access to water and sanitation for all in Africa”. This theme is particularly relevant to the water and sanitation sector in Africa. Most African countries are now faced with immense water and sanitation challenges. Never before has the need to face the challenge - to share ideas and resources; to look for new breakthroughs and innovations; to cooperate between nations, between generations and between disciplines – been more urgent.

The congress will solution and innovation focused and organized according to the following six tracks  and will address a full range of topics under each track as highlighted below:
  • Track 1: Water Management
  • Track 2: Sanitation Management
  • Track 3: Capacity Building
  • Track 4: Financing
  • Track 5: Research and Innovation
  • Track 6: Governance and Regulation

AfWA’s 40th  Anniversary

In 2020, AfWA will be  celebrating 40 years of existence and positive impact on the water and sanitation sector in Africa. A number of activities are planned and the highlights of the celebrations will be the 40th Anniversary Dinner hosted by the AfWA President on Sunday 23rd February 2020. 

Congress Organization

"Breaking new grounds to accelerate access to water and sanitation for all in Africa"

The AfWA ICE 2020 will be organized by the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) on behalf of the Government of Uganda in association with local partners and the AfWA Executive Office. The Managing Director of NWSC who is also is the current Vice President of AfWA for the Eastern Region will be the Congress President.

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