See you at the World Water Forum in Dakar!

Join our networking session at the World Water Forum in Dakar! Come meet and mingle with WASH entrepreneurs, investors, enablers, policy makers and other experts. Learn more about the SWEP’s work and help us build a strong ecosystem for WASH entrepreneurship in West Africa. And because it’s also our 5th anniversary, we offer food and drinks, celebrate with us!


More events



Official session: Sustainable water resources development and technological
option for developing growth investments

Presentation : chlorination units equipments for rural drinking water supply systems in Benin.
Coordinated by ANAEPMR with Burex-3eA and WATA.
09:00-10:30, EXPO room 1 

Thematic session 4A.6 Multi-level Water Financing Roles and Practices

Topic: Fostering interactions between global and local players from the private sector, the public sector and the civil society to shift financing towards innovative and impactful local solutions.
Lead: Waterpreneurs with USDA, contributions from CityTaps, Aqua for All, OECD, Swiss Fresh Water, Uduma, Manobi, Solar Impulse Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and others.
09:00-10:30, Room 9 

How Youth-Led Water Enterprises Are Advancing SDG6 

A conversation with young water entrepreneurs from Africa and Latin America and two enabling organisations about the opportunities and challenges of running (and supporting) a youth-led water business; followed by a networking event.
Presented by Young Water Solutions and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Contributions: 3 entrepreneurs and 2 enablers, including Aqua for All.
13:30-14:30, Youth Space

Session: Waterpreneurs – from Product to Service 

Topic: Insights from 3 ‘waterpreneurs’ at different stages of maturity, all active in rural Africa. Followed by a deep-dive into the obstacles and enabling factors to successfully transform a waterpreneurial business.
Lead: HYCON; contributions from InovaYa, WATA, Burex-3eA, Swiss Fresh Water, CLARA and Aqua for All.
16:30-18:30, Swiss Pavilion Expo E2



Thematic session 4A.2. Blended Finance to Accelerate SDG6
Compliance: Keys for success

Topic: What are the main characteristics behind successful projects that use Blended Finance in the Water Sector.
Lead: Development Bank of Latin-America (CAF); co-lead: Aqua for All. Contributions from World Water Council, Incofin IM, UDUMA and WASREB.
09:00-10:30, Room 13

Thematic session 4A.3 Sustainable finance after COVID-19

Topic: presenting concrete examples of mobilising additional financial resources and promoting innovative financing in the WASH sector during the COVID-19 period.
Lead: SOMAGEP Mali; contributions from cewas, WorldBank, SOMAPEP, Mayor of Freetown, and Aqua for All.
13:30-15:00, Room 5


WASH in Institutions

Presentation of the WASH FIT tool and case study of equipping the 59 largest health centres in Burkina Faso with WATA to strengthen hospital hygiene in response to Covid-19.
with WATA, Swiss Water and Sanitation Consortium and Gravit’eau.
12:00-13:30, Swiss Pavilion