SPLASH at the IWA World Water Congress, Montreal
19-24 September 2010
The International Water Association is working to mainstream development issues within its existing programmes and to broker expertise and knowledge to support activities in low- and middle-income countries. For this reason, SPLASH, as a programme dedicated to enhancing water and sanitation service provision, was invited to participate in this year's IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Montreal. Having an exhibition stand in the Development Corner, SPLASH met with many interested people. It also hosted two development dialogue sessions within the Development Corner programme. Moving away from the traditional PowerPoint presentation format, these sessions took the form of interviews with key informants willing to share their valuable experience.
The first, on 'The Why? When? and How? of sharing research results' interviewed Gil Mahe, from IRD, France, who related his experience of being involved in the international coordination workshop on research and development related to water issues in the Niger River Basin, and Ian Smout, who talked about dissemination activities of the EU-funded SWITCH project.
The second dialogue was on 'The Why? When? and How? of engaging with stakeholders when conducting research'. Taking part in interviews were Neil Macleod from Durban Water, and SPLASH Project Manager, Anne Blenkinsopp. Both provided fascinating insights into their different approaches to stakeholder engagement, followed by a lively discussion with the audience.