• The Kampala WASH Symposium

    Bringing together the 21st SuSanA Meeting and the 2016 WASH Sustainability Forum


    June 20-23, 2016


  • From Projects to Services: 

    WASH Sustainability through Whole Systems Approaches

    Thematic Overview

    For decades, WASH programs have followed a “business as usual” approach of implementing projects that have largely remained focused on the project and under emphasized the broader context. In the rural sub-sector external funding often finances a WASH project that is expected to be maintained entirely by the local beneficiaries. In urban areas, the sustainability of services is often threatened when resources are limited to infrastructure and are not provided for developing and strengthening the capacity of critical institutions.


    While external aid can be an important part of the solution, such support too often fails to make links with the broader ecosystem critical for ensuring sustainability. This system normally includes mandated authorities, private sector companies, national and global systems and tools, and local institutions among which the intervention is situated.


    This Symposium will break down the silos of WASH projects by exploring methods for evaluating the context in which these interventions are situated, exploring political economy topics and examining how this whole system can be engaged with to ensure that services last over time.

  • Agenda

    June 20: Open Houses

    Nine organizations across Kampala and beyond will open their doors for unique “open houses”, sharing their work with the global community attending the Kampala WASH Symposium. This is an exciting opportunity to get to know organizations based throughout Kampala. Additional details on the open houses are available here.


    Download the Open House Schedule

    June 21: Exploring a Whole System Approach

    Following welcome remarks, participants will look at topics such as identifying challenges in service delivery and understanding stakeholders in a complex system. These sessions will be run in parallel, with one track looking at the topics through a lens of water services and the other focusing on sanitation services. Ultimately, these sessions will result in a conceptual framework for applying whole system approaches. The day will conclude with an innovative partnership exposition, providing an opportunity to network with colleagues and highlighting the role partnerships play in advancing whole system approaches.


    Download the Symposium Agenda

    June 22: Catalyzing Change within a System

    Building on the foundation established previously, the focus for this day will be moving towards approaches for improving systems where needed. Following a keynote from outside the WASH sector, four case studies will be explored through parallel sessions. Each case study will look at how to develop complex theories of change, leveraging evidence for influence, and engaging governments. During lunch, a set of fun lightning presentations will provide diverse perspectives on WASH Sustainability. The afternoon will open with a panel of government officials discussing their perspectives on how to effect change within a system. The day will close with a session providing concrete strategies for influencing change within a system when that system is bigger than the WASH sector.


    Download the Symposium Agenda

    June 23: Applying the Learning through Field Visits and Side Events

    Participants will be invited to visit sites around Kampala where they will be able to engage with whole system approaches that are currently improving WASH services. Several official side events will also be held during and following the field visits.


    Download the Side Event Schedule

    RSVP for Symposium Activities

    Any participants planning to participate in the Symposium dinner, open houses, or field trips are requested to RSVP.

    Click Here to confirm your participation.

  • The Speke Resort Munyonyo

    Less than 30 minutes from the heart of Kampala, the Speke Resort provides the ultimate in luxury accommodation in Kampala and has some of the finest conference and business meeting location in East Africa; all situated in an idyllic setting in Munyonyo on the shores of Lake Victoria.


    To book your room at the special Symposium rate, please email spekeresort@spekeresort.com with "Kampala WASH Symposium Booking" in the subject line and be sure to include the nights you will be staying in the email.


    Kampala WASH Symposium Room Rates:

    Deluxe Single - Maximum 1 guest ($120)

    Deluxe Double /Twin - Maximum 2 guests ($180)

    One Bedroom Suite - Maximum 2 guests ($170)

    Two Bedroom Suite - Maximum 4 guests ($238)

  • Partners

    The Kampala WASH Symposium is being supported by:

    Water and Development Alliance