Water, sanitation, and climate resilience – keys to a water-wise future

IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition

Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda, 10-14 December 2023

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Sponsor and Exhibition Opportunities

Hosting the IWA WDCE 2023 in Rwanda provides a unique opportunity to bring together water professionals from around the world, particularly from Africa, to network with water sector leaders, and to highlight and share knowledge on the latest trends in best practice and innovative technologies. The IWA WDCE 2023 offers a unique opportunity to profile your organisation and showcase your technologies, solutions and expertise! We invite you to be part of this essential event. Download the Sponsor & Exhibitor Brochure for more information.

A forum for showcasing new science, technology and practical solutions across the entire water cycle that can work at scale in low- and middle-income countries.

With an overarching theme of Water, sanitation, and climate resilience – keys to a water-wise future, the 2023 edition will present solutions spanning water and sanitation services, the role of water in urban areas, the links between cities and basins, and the opportunities to achieve climate resilience.

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Registration will soon open for this key event in the water sector calendar. Make sure to save the date in your agenda!

A unique opportunity for water professionals from a variety of backgrounds and different geographies to exchange knowledge, experience and best practice that are accelerating progress towards ensuring safe, sustainable, and climate-resilient water and sanitation services for all


16 February 2023 – Online submission opens
12 May 2023 – Close of online submission
3 July 2023 – Registration opens
7 August 2023 – Presenters notified of acceptance/rejection
24 September 2023 – Deadline for accepted presenters to register / supply full papers


The 2023 Water and Development Congress & Exhibition will take place in the fantastic facilities of the Kigali Convention Centre


IWA’s magazine, The Source, is the official magazine of the event. For more information, see: https://www.thesourcemagazine.org

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