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

IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition

Kigali, Rwanda | 10-14 December 2023

Open Call to Sanitation Innovators
Have you developed a successful innovative solution to a sanitation challenge applicable to Africa? IWA is providing a unique opportunity for innovators to display their prototypes, solutions, and demonstrations alongside the upcoming Innovation Acceleration Forum to be held on 11 December 2023 at the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition in Kigali, Rwanda. Learn more!

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Registration is open!

Registration is now open for this key event in the water sector calendar. We invite you to register at your earliest convenience as places are limited. Visit the registration page for more information.

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.

Meet the Sponsors

Silver Sponsor
Delegate Bag Sponsor

Focus areas

The IWA WDCE 2023 expects to bring together over 3500 people – a global audience of practitioners, utility managers, government officials, NGO representatives, technology providers, consultants and media.

Under the theme of ‘Water, sanitation, and climate resilience – keys to a water-wise future’, key topics for the IWA WDCE 2023 include:
• Circular economy
• Climate smart approaches to water and sanitation
• Digital transformation
• Intermittent water supply and the quest for 24/7
• Inclusive urban sanitation
• Inclusiveness and equality
• Innovation in technology and policy
• Nature-based solutions in supply, sanitation, and stormwater
• Partnerships and multi-stakeholder collaboration
• Water and sanitation safety plans

These topics will be brought together under the following thematic tracks:
• Drinking water treatment and supply
• Wastewater treatment and sanitation services
• Integrated water management and planning
• Utility management and operation
• Governance and finance

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
20 July 2023 – Registration open
7 August 2023 – Presenters notified
24 September 2023 – Deadline for presenters to register / full papers submission


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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