key programme features

The overall theme of AfWASA ICE2025 is “Water and Sanitation for All: A Secure Future for Africa”. With just a few years to the 2030 deadline, three in five Africans, or 411 million people, still lack safely managed drinking water, and only 2 out of the 54 countries are on track to achieve universal basic sanitation.

Safe water and sanitation are critical in shaping and securing Africa’s future. The congress will bring to the forefront the good, practical, and tested – practices and experiences, new knowledge and innovation, collaborations and partnerships, and financing solutions, that will be key to accelerating safe access to safe water and sanitation for all in Africa.

The congress will be solution and innovation-focused and organized according to the following Six Tracks and will address a full range of topics under each track as highlighted below:

Topics:

  • Climate change resilience and adaptation
  • Source protection and catchment management
  • Modelling for water resource management
  • Water, energy, and food nexus

Topics:

  • Water treatment technologies
  • Water supply systems
  • Non-Revenue Water management
  • Pro-poor and rural water services
  • Water quality management
  • Innovative water supply tools, systems and practices

Topics:

  • Sewered and non-sewered services
  • Solid waste management
  • Sanitation safety planning
  • Wastewater treatment technologies and Faecal sludge management
  • Resource recovery and circular economy
  • Innovative sanitation tools, systems and practices

Topics:

  • Water and sanitation operators’ partnerships
  • Career building and competencies development
  • Performance benchmarking and networking
  • Private sector participation
  • Communication tools and systems
  • Efficient utility management and operation

Topics:

  • Policies, reforms, and institutional frameworks
  • Innovative finance
  • Pricing and cost recovery
  • Local market-financing mechanisms

Topics:

  • Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Innovations and big ideas
  • Research and funding
  • Digital Water