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In Case You Missed It: World Water Week 2014 Recap

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Here's a roundup from the World Bank at this year's World Water Week in Stockholm, including the opening plenary, feature articles, World Bank infographics, publications, and more.  









​World Bank Group Senior Directors Discuss Solutions to Water and Energy Challenges


World Bank Group Senior Directors Junaid Ahmad, Water, and Anita George, Energy, highlighted the inextricable connections between water and energy – and how best to manage them for the benefit of the poor – during the opening plenary of World Water Week on Monday in Stockholm.

Read more here. Watch the opening plenary session here.


New Infographic Explains 'Why Does the Energy Sector Need Water?'


At World Water Week, the Thirsty Energy initiative released a new infographic titled “Why Does the Energy Sector Need Water?"Learn more about the connection between water and energy and the Thirsty Energy Initiative.

Thirsty Energy is supported by the World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP), Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the Korean Green Growth Trust Fund (KGGTF).

Report Explores Limitations and Possibilities of Prepaid Meter Systems in 8 African Cities

On average, cities and towns in Africa are growing at 5 percent a year — faster than anywhere else in the world. Water service providers face considerable challenges to meet this growing demand, and many lack the resources to do so. Meeting the demand, especially in the rapidly expanding unserved poor settlements, requires new thinking and innovation. This is one reason why there has been a surge in interest among sub-Saharan African water service providers in prepaid water systems.

When properly planned for and maintained, prepaid water systems can deliver multiple benefits to customers, according to a new study, The Limits and Possibilities of Prepaid Water in Urban Africa: Lessons from the Field. The study, from the World Bank Group’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), explored the potential of prepaid water systems in serving urban poor communities in eight African cities.

Download the report: The Limits and Possibilities of Prepaid Water in Urban Africa: Lessons from the Field
Read the blog from Chris Heymans and Kathy Eales: Lessons from the Field: Prepaid Water in Urban Africa   
Read the Feature story: Assessment of Eight African Cities Explores Limitations and Possibilities of Prepaid Meter Systems 
                                                                              
New Blog: Fixing Sanitation Service Delivery for the Poor to Meet the Twin Goals

The proposed WASH Post 2015 goals and targets for sanitation call for universal access to improved sanitation by the year 2030. In addition to universal access, the WASH Post 2015 goals also call to progressively eliminate inequalities in access between population subgroups.

We need to collaborate and more effectively generate and share global knowledge on what is working to provide sanitation service delivery to the poorest.

Read the blog from Eddy Perez: Fixing Sanitation Service delivery for the Poor to Meet the Twin Goals

More:

World Water Week Seeks Solutions to Water and Energy Challenges 
Reducing Water Loss In Middle East and North Africa Region
Done Right, Hydropower Can Help Fight Energy and Water Poverty by Senior Director, Energy & Extractives, Anita Marangoly George 
Event Page for World Water Week

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