13th Annual Global Water Alliance Conference

Achieving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sustainability Goals for Developing Countries

January 4-7, 2020 in Kolkata, India

In partnership with the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, SHIBPUR, and the Rural Development Forum of the Institution of Engineers (India)   

With the overwhelming success of the 10th GWA Conference (2017) in Kolkata, India, the Board of Directors of GWA will hold the 13th Annual Conference once again in Kolkata, India on January 4-7, 2020. The conference is jointly organized with local universities and organizations in Philadelphia and with the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, SHIBPUR, the Rural Development Forum of the Institution of Engineers (India) and others in India.   

GWA is now seeking abstracts for oral presentations until September 30, 2019. Click below for more details and how to apply! 

Focus and Context

The focus of the conference will be on sustainability, innovations, test cases, water quality, wetlands preservation, and related issues. We shall discuss the progress of developing countries on the implementation of social, economic and related policies and projects, in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for water, sanitation, and hygiene for all (2015-2030). Sustainability will always be the key focus of the discussions during the conference. Participants from various countries will share insights on the progress of implementations of SDGs in their respective countries.

Substantial progress has been made by South Asian countries and the rest of the world in achieving these goals. The Government of India (GOI) started a vigorous program of Swacch Bharat (Clean India) with the objective to provide access to water and sanitation to all. However, there is much work still to be done and the SDGs will not be met without creative and sustained leadership at the local level. The aim of this conference will be to share the key challenges, opportunities and best solutions involving communities, NGOs, academia and various government organizations. This conference will provide an opportunity to the participants to visit WASH projects in rural West Bengal to analyze and identify issues and provide sustainable solutions.


Participants will include experts from international organizations such as UNICEF, Water For People, USAID, NGOs, academia, governments, businesses, students and faculty members from the USA, as well as experts from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan, and other countries are expected to actively participate in this conference. The conference will be of interest for any stakeholder working with WASH policy, implementation, and research.

Tentative Schedule

January 4-5: On-Site WASH project visit in communities

January 6-7: Paper Presentations and On-Site Visit Discussions


Kolkata, India

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are looking for corporate partnerships to make the conference a big success yet again. We would greatly appreciate

  • Sponsorship for students to attend the conference
  • Sponsorship for conference sessions and various events
  • Participation of WASH experts from your organizations and companies

Contact  Organizers

If you would like to inquire about sponsorship opportunities or about the conference please email:

10th Annual Conference – The Role of Locals in Implementing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Sustainable Development Goals, 2015-2030

The 10th Annual Global Water Alliance Conference was held in Kolkata, India where presenters spoke about the advancements made in WASH access in school, arsenic removal and filtrations, and many other important topics affecting not just Kolkata, but impoverished communities around the world.