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WASH Futures Conference 2016 proceedings released

The International WaterCentre is pleased to release the conference proceedings for the WASH Futures Conference 2016, hosted in Brisbane 16 - 20 May.
WASH Futures Conference 2016 proceedings released

WASH Futures Conference 2016 proceedings now available to download

The WASH Futures Conference 2016 (WASH Futures) was the fourth in a series of international meetings bringing together practitioners, scholars and policymakers to discuss and share ideas around how to make effective, sustained progress towards improving water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to those who lack them.

Held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 16 - 20 May 2016, the conference attracted over 400 participants from more than 47 countries.

Tackling challenges of SDGs focus of conference

This year the focus of the conference was looking forward, and discussing pathways to tackle the enormous challenges laid down in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve universal access to hygiene sanitation and water services. The SDGs are a reminder that, while WASH at home is important, there is also a need to ensure that appropriate sanitation and hygiene services can be practiced by all family members at all times of day, whether at home, work or school.

The SDGs are also a reminder that this challenge must be addressed against a backdrop of increasing stress on both the quality and quantity of water resources; as WASH practitioners, researchers and policymakers, participants at the conference and training week were encouraged to debate and discuss new ways to engage WASH service delivery with the wider debate on water resources management.

Resources from the conference

The five day event included a two day conference followed by three days of selected training events. A total of four plenary keynote presentations and a plenary debate, 80 conference presentations, 58 posters and 17 training events were complemented by a social program and ample opportunities for networking, discussing WASH issues and sharing resources.

The full program can be downloaded from the IWC WASH Futures 2016 website.

Video of all the plenary sessions and audio recordings with the presentations for all conference sessions are also available online.

Download the WASH Futures Conference 2016 proceedings (PDF). 

More information

The WASH Futures Conference 2016 is championed and supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and managed by the International WaterCentre. The conference is designed and delivered by a conference committee drawn from leading Australian organisations working in WASH. Preparations have begun for the 2018 WASH Conference.

For more information on this year’s conference or the 2018 WASH Conference, please contact:

Dr Regina Souter
Research, Training and Partnerships Program Director
Phone +61 7 3028 7600


The WASH Futures Conference 2016 was delivered in partnership by:

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