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ICT for WASH: Achieving Global Water Security with Digital Innovations

ICT4D Webinar Series

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Digital technologies provide important support to increase global access to clean and safe drinking water and the accountability of service providers and allow for improved and faster data-based decision making and monitoring of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) initiatives in urban and rural areas.

This webinar, part of a monthly series, brings together a diverse speaker panel to exchange their practical insights and lessons learned of using emerging digital technologies in global water security or WASH programs. 

Suggested topics to be discussed in this webinar might include, but are not limited to:

  • Exploring new low-cost IOT innovations for remote monitoring (e.g. digital water dispensers, water meters, leakage sensors)
  • Use cases and challenges of applying cellular and satellite connected sensors for near-time monitoring of water supply
  • Combining mobile money, IoT and Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies: interoperability, collaboration across different stakeholders
  • Good practice in designing and implementing mobile phone prepayment programs for household water supply

Speakers

Ian Moise, Senior Technical Advisor, Water and Environment, Catholic Relief Services

Gillian Winkler, Senior Business Development Manager, Safe Water Network

Styvers Kathuni, Regional Director, SweetSense Inc.

Moderator

Sonja Ruetzel, ICT4D Partnerships and Conference Manager, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

About the speakers

Gillian Winkler, Senior Business Development Manager, Safe Water Network Gillian is responsible for identifying partners and donors whose values and interests align with the Safe Water Network mission and building those relationships into mutually beneficial activities to move the safe water sector forward in its thinking and practice. She assists in translating strategic priorities into proposals for philanthropic foundations, corporations, global development actors (such as the World Bank and UNICEF), and governments. Gillian helps to maintain Safe Water Network’s country programs by managing grants, ensuring successful project implementation, and capturing project results to share with donors and other sector stakeholders. Gillian has considerable experience in international development, particularly with enterprise development, having worked in business development and project management in the Economic Growth Division of Creative Associates International in Washington, D.C., as well as resource development for Habitat for Humanity Argentina in Buenos Aires. She received a B.S. in Communication with a concentration in International Relations from Cornell University and a Master of Public Administration from George Washington University.

Styvers Kathuni, Program Manager, Sweet Sense Inc. Styvers has worked for ten years in design and management of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities in East Africa. He previously worked at Caritas Embu, Save the Children and Catholic Relief Services – in Kenya and South Sudan, where he held various positions – Technical Supervisor, WASH Engineer, Project/Program Manager and Technical Advisor. Previously, has been seconded to the Ministry of Roads and later the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in Kenya to support European Commission and IFAD funded projects. Styvers earned his BSc in Water and Environmental Engineering from Egerton University and is completing his Masters studies in Water Supply and Sanitation at Kenyatta University. He holds a Diploma in Information and Technology. Styvers is a registered Graduate Engineer and Professional Engineering Technologists in Kenya.

Ian Moise, Global Water Security Lead, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ian leads Catholic Relief Services' global strategy tied to clean water, water scarcity due to climate change, agriculture productivity and pollution. As part of his job, Ian advises staff all over the world on water-oriented projects in a variety of sectors, including water and sanitation; agriculture; and water finance and governance. Over the course of his career, Ian has worked in nearly 40 countries.

Before beginning his career with CRS in 2018, Ian worked for the United States Peace Corps; the United States Agency for International Development; and the World Bank, among other organizations.

Sonja Ruetzel, ICT4D Partnerships & Conference Manager, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Sonja is leading the ICT4D Conference on behalf of CRS and co-facilitating this monthly webinar series. Before joining the Global Knowledge and Information Management team at CRS, she was the Event & Program Director of the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF).  Sonja has over 15 years’ experience researching and managing global conferences, training courses, webinars, as well as reports and whitepapers in a wide range of industries, including finance, legal, health, technology, public and non-for-profit sectors. Prior to following her passion for professional development events, Sonja worked as researcher and editor at consultancy Control Risks. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from University of Constance, Germany.

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