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RISE hosts Singapore International Water Week 'Hot Issues' workshop

20 July 2018

This month, Professor Tony Wong (RISE/ CRCWSC), Kerrie Burge (RISE/ CRCWSC), Jane Wardani (RISE), Mere Naulumatua (ADB), Andi Hadijah Iriani (Makassar City Planning and Development Board), and Professor Rob Skinner(Monash Water Sensitive Cities) headed to Singapore International Water Week (SIWW).

As part of the program, the RISE team hosted a half-day Hot Issues Workshop titled Strengthening Delivery of WaSH to Urban Informal Settlements in the Asia-Pacific.

The session brought together leading WaSH experts and institutions, local and central government partners, and international development agencies.

A Q&A and panel discussion critically examined modes of WaSH in informal settlement upgrading in developing countries, as well as the opportunities and challenges of a water sensitive approach to upgrading.

RISE Indonesia Coordinator, Jane Wardani said, “Attending SIWW was beneficial to the RISE program as it gave us the opportunity to put informal settlements on the agenda for water resilience and sustainability. We need smart solutions that complement centralised approaches to water and sanitation, as our economies can’t afford to leave anyone behind, particularly those that need it most.”

Head of the Makassar City Planning and Development Board, Andi Hadijah Iriani said, "The response from SIWW delegates was encouraging. We are facing critical challenges in our informal settlements. The Makassar City Government welcomes programs like RISE which ensure a better future for the city's most vulnerable people."