USAID’s Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) will host a 5-day virtual learning series in September 2021, to share what it has learned around strengthening water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) systems to sustain services through systems understanding and engagement, professionalized maintenance, and collective action.
Each day will feature a different topic and format. Join us for all five sessions or select the days most applicable to your work and interests.
Participants will benefit from 5 years of research and evidence gathered through the partnership to strengthen WASH systems and learn how to apply these tools and approaches to their work in the sector and beyond. The partnership will preview a series of flagship resources and host candid conversations on bright spots and challenges of implementing a systems approach to WASH efforts, and how SWS moved the needle on systems-thinking methods.
A brief description of each day follows. The events will run from 9–11 a.m. EDT. Click on the registration link for each session you are interested in attending.
Monday, September 20, 2021, 9–11 a.m. (EDT): Welcome & Event Launch
This session will introduce partnership members, their theory of change approaches, and provide a summary of their work and accomplishments.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 9–11 a.m. (EDT): Systems Understanding & Engagement
This session will share SWS research and evidence related to systems understanding and engagement along with what worked and what is worth replicating in the sector.
Monday, September 27, 2021, 9–11 a.m. (EDT): Professionalized Water Supply Maintenance
SWS implementers will share learning highlights and recommended actions based on evidence from the field on the most critical elements required to support professionalized maintenance for water provision.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 9–11 a.m. (EDT): Collective Action
During this session, participants will gain a better understanding of the interplay among contextual factors, design decisions, and outcomes for collective action approaches in WASH and how to apply key lessons to their work.
Thursday, September 30, 2021, 9–11 a.m. (EDT): World Café & Closing Event
Beginning with a “show and tell” networking forum, this session will recap participant learning, recommend next steps for the sector, and explain how participants can stay involved.