Celebrating excellence and innovation in water and sanitation projects in low and middle income countries
Do you have an innovative project that is applied in a low and middle income country? If so, then enter it into the IWA Project Innovation Awards – Development and be recognised for originality, innovation and engineering excellence. Following reflection on the geographical scope of the original Project Innovation Awards, IWA launched the development of an awards competition in 2011 specifically for low and middle income countries. This competition aims to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation in water and sanitation projects in low and middle income countries. Into its 2nd edition, the 2013 PIA-Development opens for project submission now. The global awards ceremony will be held at the 3rd IWA Development Congress in Nairobi, Kenya (14-17 October 2013).
The scope of the Awards covers water supply and sanitation in low and middle income countries, in urban and peri-urban situations;
Projects can focus on hardware, (physical infrastructure) or on software (advocacy, outreach, public educational campaigns, publicity efforts, etc.) or on applied research;
Projects should demonstrate innovation and sustainability
Project entries must be operational for a minimum of 6 months, but no older than 2 years.
Rationale for the awards
To support processes of fostering innovation in service delivery in developing countries, and placing effort in embedding innovative practices amongst practitioners
To develop a more diverse IWA Project Innovation Award series, including projects drawn from low and middle income countries, currently lacking in the main Award;
To provide recognition for new solutions to existing challenges in support international efforts to achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs);
Entries may be submitted under one of two primary categories
Drinking Water Supply;
Sanitation and Wastewater
Within each category, projects which fall within one or more of the following sub-categories will be eligible for consideration:
One winner and one honour awardee will be allocated per primary award category (thus, a maximum of 12 awardees will be recognised).