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20th AfWA International Congress & Exhibition

  • AfWA
  • AfWA 2020
  • Kampala
  • Uganda

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


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.

Congress Objectives

AfWA ICE 2020 has a number of key objectives:

  • Provide opportunities for translation of research to practice .
  • Identify new breakthroughs (both research and good practices) in addressing water and sanitation challenges in Africa
  • 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.
  • Reflecting on Africa’ progress in achieving the SDGs and establishing new impetus to achive water and sanitation for all
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

AfriAlliance will have a strong presence at AfWA 2020, and the 4th edition of the AfriAlliance Innovation Bridge Events will be held as part of AfWA 2020. For more info on the 4th IBE and how to respond to the Call for Innovators, follow this link.


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