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World Water Week 2018

August 26-31, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden

The World Bank Group convenes and participates in several sessions of World Water Week 2018, taking place from August 26-31. Check out the list of World Bank Group (co)-convened sessions and sessions with World Bank Group participating speakers. 

School training on MHM in Kenya ©WASH United

Menstrual Hygiene Management Enables Women and Girls to Reach Their Full Potential

May 28, 2018

At least 500 million women and girls globally lack adequate facilities for menstrual hygiene management (MHM). Learn about how the World Bank, through qualitative and quantitative analysis, guidance to practitioners, technical support to governments, and partnerships with other organizations, is working to ensure that women and girls are not limited by something as natural as their periods.




Water Project Results

Updated every month

The World Bank’s water portfolio currently covers 175 projects worth US$27 billion in lending and technical expertise. In the "Project of the Month" series, we feature the results achieved by these projects and showcase how the World Bank works with countries to address challenges and deliver solutions on the ground.



Thirsty Energy Initiative


For five years, the Thirsty Energy Initiative has helped countries integrate water constraints into the energy sector and better address water and energy challenges, preparing them for an uncertain future.


8th World Water Forum

March 19 - 23, 2018

The World Bank Water Global Practice participated in a number of events and discussions at the world's largest water-related event, organized by the World Water Council.  


High Level Panel on Water

March 14, 2018

Concluding the mandate of the HLPW, the panel released an outcome document, which articulates an agenda at three levels: a foundation for action;leading an integrated agenda at the local, country, and regional levels; and catalyzing change, building partnerships and international cooperation at the global level.

Making Every Drop Count: An Agenda for Water Action


2018 Water Cartoon Calendar

Dec. 14, 2017

Under the auspices of Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership (GWSP), the Water Cartoon Calendar has carried on the tradition of raising awareness around critical global water issues through humor. 


Citywide Inclusive Sanitation Initiative

Nov. 19, 2017

Citywide Inclusive Sanitation means that everybody benefits from adequate sanitation, with human waste being safely managed at every point along the service chain. The cities show-cased in these videos each demonstrate experiences that have embraced such approaches to ensuring the poor are provided with sanitation services.


Aggregation of Water Supply and Sanitation Utilities

Nov.14, 2017

Water Supply and Sanitation utilities work together, or “aggregate”, when multiple municipalities unite under a single administrative structure. The World Bank’s Water Global Practice launched a toolkit and background report which explore why, when and how water utilities can work together to provide better services.


Uncharted Waters: The New Economics of Water Scarcity and Variability

Oct. 24, 2017

The report looks at how the increasing number of droughts and floods impact farms, firms, and families in ways that are far costlier and longer lasting than known before. 


Water’s Promise

Sept. 21, 2017

As part of High Level Panel on Water (HLPW)’s campaign for valuing water, the video was shown to a few heads of state at the UN General Assembly 2017 in New York, calling for a fundamental shift in the way the world looks at water.


Beyond Scarcity: Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa

Aug. 29, 2017

The report draws on regional and global examples to show that limited water resources need not restrict the region’s future, but that a combination of technology, policy and management can convert scarcity into security.


The Rising Tide: A New Look at Water and Gender

Aug. 29, 2017

The report shows how water often reflects, and even reinforces, gender inequality examining how norms and practices related to water often exacerbate ingrained gender and other hierarchies.


Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Poverty Diagnostic Initiative

Aug. 28, 2017

This initiative – which encompasses 18 countries ranging from fragile and conflict-affected states to middle-income countries – undertook multidisciplinary research and developed in­novative methods to fully appreciate the impacts of inadequate services on human development outcomes and identify the binding constraints to service delivery. 


2017 World Water Week

August 27 - September 01, 2017

World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. People from around the world come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking, and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. The World Bank Group has convened and participated in over 30 sessions of 2017 World Water Week.


Thirsty Energy: Water-Smart Energy Planning in South Africa

June 15, 2017

As part of the Thirsty Energy Initiative to incorporate water constraints into its energy-planning model and foster a more sustainable system, the report “Modeling the Water–Energy Nexus: How Do Water Constraints Affect Energy Planning in South Africa?” finds that accounting for the regional vari­ability of water supply (and the associated costs of water supply infrastructure) can significantly impact energy planning, especially in a water-scarce country like South Africa.


Water-Scarce Cities Initiative

May 15, 2017

Water scarce cities around the world, in both high income and developing countries, are undertaking a paradigm shift in how policy, technology, and management systems are applied to improve financial and ecological sustainability and social equity. The Water Scarce Cities (WSC) Initiative brings together practitioners to learn from each other and accelerate the adoption of this new paradigm in all of the water stressed regions of the world.


2017 Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High-level Meetings - Finance Ministers’ Meeting

Apr. 20, 2017

The 2017 SWA High-level Meetings (HLMs), which took place in Washington D.C. on 20 April during World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, included a Finance Ministers’ Meeting (FMM) convened by the World Bank on behalf of the SWA partnership, and a Sector Ministers’ Meeting convened by UNICEF, including ministers responsible for water, sanitation, and hygiene. Countries and partners discussed national plans to meet the challenges of the water, sanitation and hygiene-related SDG targets and required resources. 


Turbulent Waters: Pursuing Water Security in Fragile Contexts

Apr. 18, 2017

The report finds that when water insecurity repeatedly affects populations, it can act as a risk multiplier, fueling the perception that institutions and governments are ‘not doing enough’, exacerbating existing grievances, creating new risks, and deepening inequities. In turn, this contributes to destabilizing already fragile contexts, aggravating the challenges of water management, and perpetuating a vicious cycle of water insecurity and fragility.


Performance of Water Utilities in Africa

Mar. 21, 2017

The report finds that many water utilities in Africa are working hard to expand access, but most haven’t kept up with the growing demand or the maintenance on aging infrastructure. This has left only one third of urban residents with piped water to their homes. Increasing access to a safe water supply will require more investment in utility infrastructure, while improving the capacity to operate and maintain services.


Solar Water Pumping for Sustainable Water Supply

Jan. 1, 2016

Even though solar water pumping is ready for mainstreaming and has started to take off in some parts of the world, its benefits remain largely unknown to communities, governments, and development institutions. To address this knowledge gap, the World Bank has developed an accessible and interactive Knowledge Base on Solar Water Pumping, aiming to raise awareness about the technology and provide resources that help incorporate it into operations.

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2018