13th Annual Global Water Alliance Conference

Partnership with Rural Development Forum, Institution of Engineers (India) and Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, SHIBPUR
Achieving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sustainability Goals for Developing Countries


Committed to increasing global access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services by engaging the Philadelphia community and beyond.

13th Annual GWA Conference - Call for Abstracts

The 13th GWA Annual Conference will be held in Kolkata, India on January 4-7, 2020 and the theme is Achieving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sustainability Goals for Developing Countries. GWA is now seeking abstracts for oral presentations related to WASH implementation advancing UN SDG 2030 goals.

GWA Mentoring Program Now Open!

The GWA members have experience in a broad range of WASH issues, and are especially interested in advising students on projects which seek to address WASH in the developing world and projects relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goal #6. Find out more about this exciting program and sign up! 

The Arun Deb Promise of Excellence in WASH Award was established by GWA in 2018 in honor of our founding board member, Dr. Arun Deb. Advanced undergrad and graduate students in the greater Philadelphia area are eligible for nomination! Find out out more about the award.

12th Annual GWA Conference

Over 140 professionals, students, and other stakeholders gathered for the 12th Annual Global Water Alliance Conference on March 21, 2019 at The Wharton School, Philadelphia, around the theme of finding solutions to inequities in the water sector: “Solving US and Global Water Inequities: Sharing Solutions from Around the World.” Conference proceedings and summary are now available to download.

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The Global Water Alliance is a Philadelphia-USA based non-government 501c3 organization. We are comprised of professionals and students from many disciplines, who apply an integrated water management perspective in the pursuit of its goals, targeting specifically drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenges with special attention to the global equity issues.

We provide assistance to others who work on ameliorating the water needs of poor and underserved peoples everywhere, we mentor the next generation of professionals, and we promote a “water footprint mindset” among our youth. 

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