IWA Awards

Inspiring Change through Innovation & Leadership

IWA is committed to recognising the special contributions and achievements of its members and water sector professionals, and the invaluable contribution they make to key innovations in water science and management. 

The IWA Awards recognise the broad range of excellence, leadership and innovation, which IWA members and network participants bring to both our Association, and the industry at large, and exist to encourage the continued role of innovation in contributing to the sustainable management of water. As such they are an important element of IWAs theory of change articulated in our Strategic Plan.

IWA Awards aim to become a vehicle through which IWA encourages and rewards innovation and sets international benchmarks for innovative thinking, and application of solutions for wise water management and practice.

2017 Water and Development Awards

The IWA Development Awards recognise excellence, leadership and innovation in the water sector, and aim to encourage the continued contribution to the sustainable management of water in low- and middle-income countries. The IWA Development Award is awarded by a panel of experts, and recognises outstanding contributions to research or practice that has led to demonstrable impact in low- and middle-income countries. It is awarded every two years at the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition.

Marco Antonio Cevallos has shown how management vision can lead water utilities in emerging economies to deliver vastly improved services, even to the poorest in society. He is awarded the IWA Water and Development Award for Practice for instigating a new service paradigm that places greater emphasis on community engagement, resource stewardship, and investment decisions that consider the social, economic and environmental costs.

Barbara Evans’ research has played a key role in developing effective strategies for securing safe access to water and sanitation, with a sustained attention to poor urban and rural communities. She has been awarded the IWA Water and Development Award for Research for increasing our understanding on community-wide approaches to tackle urban and rural water and sanitation challenges.

2016 Global Water Award

Catarina de Albuquerque from Portugal is the winner of the 2016 IWA Global Water Award. The award recognises the exceptional role she has played as the driving force behind the recognition of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation. Watch the full acceptance speech.

“I’m honored to receive this award from within the water community, it will raise awareness of the critical water and sanitation needs of billions of people. As a teenager I did volunteer work in the then existing Lisbon slums. I was profoundly disturbed by the injustices and inequalities I saw. Since then I felt that I wanted to contribute to changing the world and the underlying causes of the injustices I saw”. – Catarina de Albuquerque

2016 IWA Women in Water Award

The IWA Women in Water award acknowledges and celebrates leadership of women in the field of water. Through this award, IWA seeks to recognise females working in the field of water who through their demonstrated leadership have had a significant positive impact on the development of the industry.

2016 IWA Project Innovation Awards

Awarded biennially at the IWA World Water Congress, the Project Innovation Awards recognise and promote excellence and innovation in water management, research and technology. Now in their 12th year, the awards are presented…

2016 IWA Young Leadership Award

The IWA Young Leadership Award is granted to an exceptional water professional under the age of 35 years who has demonstrated significant achievements in their career to date and who signify outstanding leadership potential and the ability…

IWA’s Recognition Awards Programme

For 2016, IWA’s Recognition Awards Programme will be rolled out and awards presented at the World Water Congress & Exhibition in Brisbane. IWA’s members make significant contributions both to the IWA and to water management worldwide. These awards recognise the achievements of IWA’s members. 

 

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