Join PSI at WEDC Conference

On July 23-28th, PSI will join hundreds of WASH professionals in Loughborough, UK for the 40th Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) conference. Through presentations, capacity building workshops and side events, PSI is collaborating with several partners to share learning and raise awareness on topics ranging from social marketing and sanitation finance to using formative research to design better behavior change strategies.

Attending the conference? Find details about PSI’s presence below. Can’t make the conference? Check back as presentations are posted to our resources page.

Sunday, July 23rd

CLTS Sharing and Learning Workshop
9:30 AM- 5:00 PM
Room: Avon

The CLTS Knowledge Hub (IDS, UK) will be hosting a sharing and learning workshop to exchange experiences, discuss ideas, challenges, innovations, and more. Register by sending your name, organisation, job title and country to Stacey Townsend:

Monday, July 24th

Side Event: Where there are no services- supporting households to supply themselves in water and sanitation
5:15-6:45 PM

Many countries struggle to reach full coverage of basic water and sanitation services, with particular challenges in the rural dispersed sector and for marginalized populations. In this session participants will discuss issues related to households’ investments to improve service levels, the roles of different market actors, and the importance of enabling environments for these efforts to reach scale.

Tuesday, July 25th

Espresso Presentation:Social Marketing for Improved Sanitation in Vietnam
3:30-5:00 PM

In rural Vietnam, PSI is working to expand access to and use of quality, affordable sanitation products and services. This presentation will explore how they are using multiple, targeted communication channels and a partnership with the ROTO tank manufacturer to do so.

Side Event: The Multiplier Effect of Leveraging Private Sector WASH Financing
5:15-6:45 PM
Room:100 Theatre

This session will explore the diverse private sector approaches to financing WASH in low-income communities in Ghana. Presentations will reference the challenges involved, outline future opportunities and discuss how WASH sector stakeholders – in Ghana and elsewhere – can work together to catalyze more affordable credit for household WASH investments.

Wednesday, July 26th

Side Event: Formative Research for Behavior Change Program Design 
5:15-6:45 PM
Room: 30-40 Cafe

This session will explore why formative research is so important to behavior change. Plan International UK will discuss the process they have taken in designing and carrying out formative research in Bangladesh. PSI will present how we use formative research to design behavior change strategies within a market development approach.

Thursday, July 27th

Capacity Development Workshop: Introducing the Sanitation Technology Prioritization tool: Identifying appropriate technologies for sanitation and FSM
8:30-12:00 PM
Room: Seminar Room 60

As part of the PSI-led and USAID-funded Sanitation Service Delivery (SSD) project, PATH developed the Sanitation Technology Prioritization tool. Leveraging results from an in-depth global landscape of sanitation technologies, the interactive, decision-support tool is designed to assist sanitation engineers and program implementers in identifying appropriate sanitation technologies based on a particular context and need. This workshop aims to introduce and train participants on how to effectively use the tool.