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WASH Futures Conference 2016


WASH Futures 2016

Pathways to universal and sustained water, sanitation and hygiene


The future of action on WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) looks positive – with the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals global agenda maintaining attention on the need for water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone, all the time. But the path to achieving this global agenda requires new ways of thinking.

How can all WASH actors - governments, private sectors and civil society - work together to ensure WASH, whether at community-scales or larger institutional-scales, to achieve not only sustained access for everyone, but also health, well-being, environmental and economic outcomes for societies?

In May 2016 practitioners and professionals from civil society, governments, private sectors, donors, students and academic institutions, came together to contribute to the broader international WASH dialogue and share knowledge with the Australian WASH community and partners.

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WASH 2016 program and themes

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Australian WASH Reference Group and the International WaterCentre (IWC)  partnered to deliver an international water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conference in 2016. WASH Futures 2016 built on the successes of three earlier international WASH conferences in 2008, 2011 and 2014.

The conference comprised five days of activities with two days dedicated to conference-style sessions with parallel streams addressing specific themes, and three days of training workshops relating to the theme of the conference ‘WASH Futures: Pathways to universal and sustained water, sanitation and hygiene’.


The conference specifically drew out the issues of private sector participation in WASH, equity and WASH in the Pacific as cross-cutting themes.

You can download the Conference Proceedings Report (PDF)


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Linkedin WASH 2016 group

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