This workshop will feature keynotes by Prof Sebastian Galiani and Prof Meera Mehta, and include a diversity of presentations on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) related to urban planning

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Unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) continues to be a global challenge that affects the health and well-being of many. Achieving the SDG global targets on safe drinking water and sanitation by 2030 will require a four-fold increase in the current rate of progress. The UN has launched the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework in 2020, aiming to deliver fast results at an increased scale. There is a clear need to better understand what solutions (e.g., financial, governance, technology) have been implemented in different urban contexts to pinpoint what progress has been achieved, where efforts are still lacking, and what types of programs work.

The workshop is organised by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in close collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and University of Massachusetts Boston. It will feature selected papers from the special issue on 'WASH Technologies and Governance in Urban Development' in the Journal of Environment Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. 

Event details:

28 October 2021: 09:00-10:00 Tokyo time / 02:00-03:00 CET




28 October 2021: 16:00-19:30 Tokyo time / 09:00-12:30 CET



29 October 2021: 16:00-17:05 Tokyo time / 09:00-10:05 CET












  • Enhance our understanding of issues related to governance and technologies of WASH in urban areas
  • Identify policy recommendations for improving governance, access, technologies and human health related to WASH

Target Participants:

  • Contributors to a special issue on WASH submitted to Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science and reviewers
  • Policy makers, practitioners and researchers from think tanks, universities, and international organizations, as well as media and interested members of the public


  • Research papers featured during the workshop are being considered for a special issue in Environment and Planning along with a broader set to appear in April 2022
  • Knowledge sharing and enhanced dialogue on WASH related issues in the urban context.