November 6, 10:00 – 16:00 hrs
Future Water Theatre, hall 13, booth number 13.120
Entrance: free of charge

Currently, 2.4 billion people worldwide lack basic access to sanitation. Proper sanitation holds the key to improved outcomes in health, safety, gender equality and education but the world is not on track to reach the goals set out by the UN for SDG 6.2: access to adequate and equitable sanitation for all.

Dr. Samuel Sarphati was a 19th century doctor, chemist and city planner who radically improved sanitation through entrepreneurship in Amsterdam. In his spirit, the Sarphati Sanitation Awards were created to honor innovation and commitment to global sanitation challenges.

This year, World Waternet, Aqua for All and FMO are honored to present the first ever Sarphati Sanitation Symposium. This one day free symposium will bring together actors in water and sanitation to discover and explore innovative sanitation methods, funding instruments and ways to increase the awareness and political support for sanitation. We believe that proper sanitation access for all is within reach. Will you join us?


10.00 - Walk in

10:30 - Welcome and introduction

10:45 - Statements on main challenges in sanitation:
            • Kala Vairavamoorthy, IWA
            • Pritha Hariram, FMO
            • Victor Langenberg, Acacia Water
            • Cheryl Hicks, Toilet Board Coalition

11:15 - Panel discussion

12:00 - Pitches from Sarphati Sanitation Awards nominees and Wetskills winner

13:25 - FMO Case on Mexico

13:45 - Workshop sessions:
            • Finances in sanitation
            • Financing and social returns
            • Awareness and political support
            • Technical best practices
            • Entrepreneurship in sanitation
            • Cross sector cooperation

15:30 - Wrap up and conclusion

16:00 - Guided tour on Aquatech Amsterdam Trade Exhibition + Reception at Holland Pavilion


Dr. Samuel Sarphati (1813-1866) was one of the most influential residents of Amsterdam during the 19th century. As a doctor, chemist and city planner, he was committed to radically improve public hygiene, mitigate catastrophic poverty levels and thus, better the living conditions of citizens. Back then, the streets of Amsterdam were exceedingly littered with waste. Dr. Sarphati proved that by moving the waste out of the city and processing it for agricultural purposes, money could be made and sanitation within the city could be drastically improved.

Sarphati Sanitation Symposium

On the 4th of November, the Sarphati Sanitation Awards will be handed out for the fourth time during the Opening Ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW).

The Sarphati Sanitation Symposium is a partner of the Sarphati Sanitation Awards (SSA). Back in 2013, Aqua for All, World Waternet, and the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) initiated the SSA to recognise and honour contributions to the global sanitation & public health challenges through entrepreneurship.