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18-29 October 2021

Together
towards
Call for Good Practices

Learning from each other, sharing experiences, and inspiring action is a critical way for water and sanitation operators to improve their services and enrich the lives of the people they serve.

Collaboration and solidarity are at the heart of the Global WOPs Congress and the event seeks to be inclusive and fair in its representation. +more

This free and open event is convened by the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance - a global network of public operators and their partners - led by UN-Habitat

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We as GWOPA have a strong commitment towards gender, cultural, geographical and stakeholder representation, and work hard to ensure it is fair and even in all our activities. Now that it is the time to prepare the sessions and panels for the 4th Global WOPs Congress, we would like to share with you a few reflections and encourage you to consider them while proposing the speakers.

As all male panels are not only a misrepresentation of the sector diversity, but also a disservice to gender equality struggles in all its dimensions, we make gender diversity a precondition for GWOPA organized events. Not only female, but also young professional and mentee speakers are usually underrepresented and hence always encouraged. GWOPA is supporting speakers to panels and will offer special support and orientation sessions ahead of the Congress.

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  • Main Sessions

    Monday 18 October

    Opening Ceremony

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    Monday 18 October

    Access for All, in particular for women and girls!

    #AccessForAll
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    Friday 22 October

    Are WOPs Reaching the Most Vulnerable?

    #AccessForAll
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    Monday 25 October

    Utilities making inclusive and safe sanitation a reality

    #AdvancingSanitation
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    Monday 25 October

    What does Climate Resilience mean for Water and Sanitation Operators?

    #ClimateAdaptation · #AdvancingSanitation
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    Wednesday 20 October

    Managing and responding to natural disasters in a changing climate

    #ManagingCrisis · #ClimateAdaptation
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    Thursday 21 October

    Leapfrogging or treading water? Utilities picking up the pace at the water-energy-food nexus

    #CircularDevelopment · #AdvancingSanitation
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    Tuesday 19 October

    Nature as Critical Infrastructure: operators looking beyond the pipes

    #CircularDevelopment · #ClimateAdaptation
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    Tuesday 19 October

    Fighting COVID together – are utilities getting the support they need?

    #ManagingCrises · #AccessForAll
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    Tuesday 19 October

    Multi-stakeholder WOPs: Where NGOs, Academia and Others are adding Value to Utility Partnerships

    #Governance
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    Tuesday 26 October

    WOP Chef: Recipes for Enabling Water Operators’ Partnerships in Europe and Beyond

    #Governance · #Finance
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    Friday 22 October

    Transparency, Accountability and Participation: which innovations for improving quality and efficiency of utilities?

    #Governance
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    Wednesday 20 October

    The added value of Capacity-focused Peer Partnerships: WOPs seen through an Investor`s Lens

    #Finance
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    Thursday 28 October

    The transformative journey of knowledge in a WOP, from need to impact

    #Knowledge
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    Friday 22 October

    The P is Key! Focusing on Partnership quality for successful WOPs

    #Knowledge
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    Friday 28 October

    I WOP, EU-WOP, We all WOP - An open launch of the new EU-WOP Programme Partnerships

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    Thursday 21 October

    WOPs´ monitoring. What for? And How?

    #Monitoring
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    Tuesday 26 October

    The Global WOPs Observatory: WOPs data management for more and better WOPs

    #Monitoring
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    Wednesday 27 October

    How can a WOP boost your career as a water professional?

    #Knowledge
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  • Regional Sessions

    Thursday 21 October

    Sesión regional América Latina y Caribe / Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Session

    #RegionalEvent
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    Thursday 21 October

    Effective Capacity Development through WOPs and Webinars During a Pandemic: lessons from Asia

    #RegionalEvent
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    Wednesday 27 October

    WOPs to address water scarcity in the MENA region

    #RegionalEvent
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    Monday 25 October

    WOPs in Africa

    #RegionalEvent
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    Thursday 21 October

    Successful factors for enabling WOPs: The French case

    #RegionalEvent
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  • #OPERATORsSTAGE events

    Wednesday 20 October

    Lessons from the German Operators Neighbourhood System – would it work for you?

    #knowledge · #OperatorsStage
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    Tuesday 26 October

    Innovative Asset Management for Water Utilities in South East Europe

    #OperatorsStage
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    Wednesday 20 October

    Testimonies on Strengthening Integrity among Water Operators

    #OperatorsStage · #Governance
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    Thursday 28 October

    Health, Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers

    #OperatorsStage · #AdvancingSanitation
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    Tuesday 26 October

    Sustainable rural water operators´ management model

    #OperatorsStage · #AccessForAll
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    Wednesday 20 October

    How to increase the resilience of water and wastewater utilities in the face of climate change and increasing disasters

    #OperatorsStage · #ManagingCrises
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    Thursday 28 October

    Guidelines for Customer Survey and Complaint Management

    #OperatorsStage
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  • Side events

    Wednesday 27 October

    Advancing SDG 6.3.1 monitoring at the local level – Utilities championing urban wastewater treatment

    #SideEvent · #AdvancingSanitation · #Monitoring
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    Wednesday 27 October

    Enabling environment for female operators

    #SideEvent
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    Monday 25 October

    Planning in an uncertain future: The Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) methodology

    #ClimateAdaptation · #SideEvent
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What
makes the WOPs Congress different

United by solidarity

United by solidarity

Water Operators’ Partnership and other not-for-profit peer support exchanges will take center stage.

The Congress is a moment for the GWOPA network and new partners to come together around a shared commitment to helping each.

Diversity

Diversity

The WOPs Congress has been designed in close consultation with a Congress Taskforce (public operators, WOPs facilitators, donors, workers’ unions and civil society organisations) to ensure it shines a light on real actions, impact, and opportunity to increase progress on Sustainable Development Goal 6.

A focus on operator staff

A focus on operator staff

WOPs support operator staff to do their job better and they are happening all over the world.

The Congress will bring together hundreds of operator staff to tell their stories, learn from each other and inspire individual and collective action.

Moving towards sustainable access for all

Moving towards sustainable access for all

The Congress is convened by the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance – a diverse network largely made up of public water and sanitation operators along with their partners.

Participation is free of charge and open to all organisations and individuals with an interest in sustainable water and sanitation.

Why

Why participate?

LEARN: Contribute to and benefit from collective knowledge on peer-to-peer partnerships and the work of water operators.

SHARE: Strengthen or build new partnerships and exchange experiences with water operators and their partners.

INSPIRE... and GET INSPIRED!: Expand support for water operators and peer-to-peer learning amongst relevant stakeholders and the general public


Participation has no cost and online participation will allow everyone to take part.

Who

Who will be there?

Stakeholders from all walks of life who support public water and sanitation utilities, including national, sub-national and local governments, donors and financial institutions, knowledge and academic institutions, multi-lateral organizations, civil society organizations, workers unions, water regulators and business.

For those new to WOPs and GWOPA, the Congress is an opportunity to interact with a global network of actors committed to solidarity and peer support in the water and sanitation space.

Where

Where

The event is convened by GWOPA in its host city in Bonn.

Online participation will allow alliance partners, members and newcomers to participate.

Networking and e-socialising events will be organised to connect different individuals across the globe and build new partnerships and synergies.

Registration will open in June 2021.

Congress partners

Congress partners

The 4th Global WOPs Congress is made possible by the generous support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the City of Bonn, and with the ongoing work of the BEWOP project, WaterWorX, OFID SIP WOP Project.

The Congress is a collaborative effort from the entire GWOPA network, special thanks to the Congress Taskforce and regional WOPs platforms for their inputs.

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now!

Participation in the Congress has no fee and is open to everyone.

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Call for Good Practices 2021

GWOPA/UN-Habitat is calling for submission of Good Practices on the following categories:

  • Gender inclusion in Water and Sanitation Utilities and WOPs
  • Transparency and Integrity in Water and Sanitation Utilities and WOPs

The main objective of the Call is to raise awareness on the importance of Gender Inclusion and Transparency in water and sanitation service provision and Water Operators’ Partnerships. The call aims to identify, celebrate and encourage sharing of these good practices between water and sanitation utilities.

Selected Good Practices will be shared in the framework of the 4th Global WOPs Congress. The winners will be published on the UN-Habitat’s and the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA)’s websites and shared with members of the Alliance through the newsletter, social media channels and the Congress platform. Selected applicants may participate in interviews upon request.

Submit this Application
Submit before 4 October, 2021, midnight CEST