Water for Women talks Inclusive WASH at the Australasian Aid Conference


The Water for Women Fund was fortunate to have the opportunity to facilitate an Inclusive WASH session at this year’s Australasian Aid Conference held in Canberra 17-19 February.

This was a collaborative effort, showcasing the fantastic work being undertaken by Fund partners in inclusive WASH, which involved the Fund Coordinator team and the following Fund partners: International Water Management Institute (IWMI); Plan International Australia; Edge Effect, SNV Netherlands; Institute of Sustainable Futures (UTS-ISF), and Wateraid Australia.

The Chair for the session was Dr. Marian Neale, Partnerships and Knowledge Manager, Australian Water Partnership (AWP).

The panellists presented the following:

 Participatory Action Research in Practice - WASH for women and people with disabilities (Lana Woolf, International Programs Director, Edge Effect)

Why and how to ‘do no harm’ in development policy and practice: insights from the Water for Women Fund (Joanna Mott, Gender and Social Inclusion Adviser, Water for Women Fund and Gabrielle Halcrow, Multi-Country Project Manager, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation)

  • This presentation brought together Do No Harm work being done by Wateraid Australia, UTS-ISF, and SNV Netherlands. It also included findings from the Fund Coordinator Do No Harm pilot with Habitat for Humanity Fiji and IWDA.

Gender dynamics of WASH under political restructuring in Nepal: the need to move beyond ‘engineering fixes’ (Manita Raut, Research Officer, International Water Management Institute)


Who understands systems? Civil society, the WASH sector and social transformation (Dr Alison Baker, Fund Manager, Water for Women Fund)


Aside from the Presenters listed above, we wish to acknowledge the following people for supporting the development of these presentations, accessible through the links above or below:

  • Matt Bond, WASH Advisor, Water for Women Fund Coordinator
  • Chelsea Huggett, Technical Lead – Equality and Inclusion, Wateraid Australia
  • David Shaw, Head of Learning and Effectiveness, Wateraid Australia
  • Di Kilsby, Independent Consultant to the Water for Women Fund
  • Juliet Willets, Professor, Research Director, UTS-ISF
  • Lee Leong, Senior Advisor - WASH, Plan International Australia
  • Alice Ridge, Research, Advocacy and Policy Advisor, IWDA

Access insights from the Australasian Aid Conference.

The session felt too short, as there was so much to say, but it was great to be involved in such a collaborative effort. Many thanks to all those who participated!

Jose Mott, Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor, Water for Women Fund


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