Call for proposals for the most groundbreaking practices and case studies on water and sanitation in the Americas to be presented at the World Water Forum 2018 in Brasilia.


The World Water Forum is the major water and sanitation event worldwide. It
will take place between March 18th and 23rd of 2018, in Brasilia, cohosted by
the World Water Council and the Government of Brazil.

The mission of the Forum is “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life

The Forum’s contexts are defined and implemented by 4 programs:

» The Thematic Process that consists of fundamental discussions and exchanges on how to progress on the world’s water challenges;

» The Regional Process that draws from experiences in every corner of the world;

»  The Political Process that provides opportunities for discussion and commitments among and between political representatives, and;

»  The Citizen’s Forum that offers various programs designed by civil society organizations

Brazil, and the other countries of the Americas, acting as hosts of this global event, have a unique opportunity to present to the world how several stakeholders can and should interact in terms of use, cooperation, protection and conservation of water.

Therefore, the Regional Process of the Americas for the 8th Forum, is meant to be inclusive and participatory, involving representatives of nongovernmental organizations, businesses, users, academy and youth from one of the four sub regions: North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and South America.

In this regard, this call seeks to identify case studies and practices on nine topics relevant to one or more countries in the region, with the potential to be scaled-up to other countries or sub regions –both within and outside Latin America and the Caribbean–.

Proposals will be considered within the following nine issues and topics:

Water Security and Climate Change, which includes the following topics:

    - Managing risk and uncertainty for resilience and disaster preparedness
    - Water and adaptation to climate change
    - Water and climate change mitigation
    - Climate science and water management: the communication between science and decision/policy making

 The following issues will be of particular interest:
    - Water crisis: impact of droughts on water security in the context of climate change
    - Preparing for floods

Water, Sanitation and Health, which includes the following topics:
     - Enough safe water for all
     - Integrated sanitation for all
     - Water and public health

 The following issues will be of particular interest:
    - Support structure for the operation and maintenance of water systems and rural sanitation
    - Intervention and technology models for disperse rural areas and indigenous communities
    - SDG, preparing the countries action plans

Water for Sustainable Development, which includes the following topics:
    - Water and Foods Nexus
    - Water and Energy Nexus
    - Inclusive and sustainable growth, water stewardship and industry
    - Efficient use of surface water and groundwater – urban and rural
    - Infrastructure for sustainable water resource management and services

The following issues will be of particular interest:
    - Water security, food and energy: integrated approach for a sustainable resilient
    - Global markets, local impacts: virtual water and water footprint of food and power

Integrated urban water and waste management, which includes the following topics:
    - Water and Cities
    - Circular Economy– Reduction, reuse and recycling
    - Treatment and reusable technologies

The following issues will be of particular interest:
    - Experiences in the sanitation services’ chain: from sludge handling to reusing wastewater
and recovering nutrients
    - Informal peri-urban areas – technological innovation and alternative solutions to
achieve universal coverage

Water quality, ecosystem livelihoods and biodiversity, which includes the following topics:

    - Managing and restoring ecosystems for water services and biodiversity
    - Natural and engineered hydrological systems
    - Water and land use
    - Ensuring water quality from ridge to reef

The following issues will be of particular interest:
    - Environmental flows: the key to river basin management and planning water infrastructure.
    - Fostering natural infrastructure and paying for ecosystem services

Financing for water security, which includes the following topics :

    - Economics and financing for innovative investments
    - Financing implementation of water-related SDGs and adaptation to climate change
    - Finance for sustainable development – supporting water-friendly business

The following issues will be of particular interest:
    - Water and sanitation companies access to Capital Markets
    - PPPs schemes for water and sanitation projects

Sustainability through stakeholder involvement, which includes the following topics:

    - Sharing solutions and good practices
    - Involving all: public, private, civil society – women and men – young and old in bottom
up and top down approaches
    - Water, cultural diversity, justice and equity

Education, capacity building and Technology Exchange, which includes the following topics:

    - Enhancing education and capacity building
    - Science and Technology and decision/policy making – 7th World Water Forum S&T
    - ICT and monitoring
    - International cooperation

Water governance for the 2030 development agenda, which includes the following topics:

    - SMARt implementation of IWRM
    - Cooperation for reducing conflicts and improving transboundary water management
    - Effective governance: enhanced political decisions, stakeholder participation and
technical information

The following issues will be of particular interest:

    - How to improve decision making to develop policies and promote stakeholder
involvement in such decisions


Initial selected proposals will be awarded a cash price of US$ 1000 and finalists will be invited to present at the Forum 2018.


Applicant must operate in a country of the Americas (if the applicant is an institution).

Applicant’ representative or individual must be a national of any of the IDB member countries.

Applicant must be at least 18 years old.

Applications must be submitted through this website.

Applications must present a case study in or more of the themes of the Call.

Applications must be submitted in any of the four official languages of the IDB (Spanish, French, English or Portuguese).

An abstract of the case study must be submitted with this application. The abstract should address the following questions:

· What is the issue / topics that the case study is addressing?

· Can it relate to other countries? Sub regions? Regions?

· What are the tangible results of the case study?

The deadline to submit applications is August 28th 11:59 PM EST. There will be no extensions.

For more information, please download the complete requirements here
Other considerations:

Selected candidates will be notified by e-mail.

Initial proposals will be selected and awarded a cash prices that will be provided to the representative of the proposal (individual or representative of the institution in the proposal). 

The winners will be requested to submit an in-detailed proposal about the case study.

A committee of experts will decide if the proposal will be presented at the World Water Forum in Brasilia in a regional or inter-regional session.

Only one proposal can be awarded for each individual and/or institution.

Only one representative per selected research proposal will be invited to participate in the Forum sessions in Brasilia. It is encouraged that the group representative filling out the application be the same one designated to attend the Forum.

Winners must be present at all activities, including those conducted
online before and after the Forum.  Failure to honor this requirement will disqualify the organization.


August 28th, 2017: Deadline to submit applications.

September - December 2017: Due to an overwhelming response to the Call for Proposals, which makes us feel very proud, we have extended the evaluation period of the applications. The volume of response and quality of the case studies submitted require a careful review and selection process that is currently being made by global experts. We are expecting to complete the evaluation process soon and inform the selected finalists during the month of December 2017.

Mid-December, 2017: We will inform the selected finalists to prepare and submit full proposals.

February 2018: We will announce the winners.

March 18th - 23rd: Award ceremony at the Forum.


After a competitive selection process, a committee of global experts in water and sanitation, has selected a total of 20 finalists, among 320 competing proposals, that advance to the second phase of the call.

The notified finalists must submit final proposals before January 28th, 2018, at 11:59 PM, EST. A committee of specialists will select between five and eight (5-8) winners that will be invited to the award ceremony at the World Water Forum 2018, which will be held from March 18th to 23rd, 2018 in Brasilia, Brazil.

Download the Finalists List


The judges have selected five winners of the Call, among 20 finalists. The successful cases come from Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras and Mexico and will be awarded during a ceremony that will be held in Brasilia, Brazil at World Water Forum 2018. 

The winners are:

Brasil: Ações de restauração florestal como prática de conservação e preservação de recursos hídricos na região metropolitana de São Paulo. Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo (SABESP). 
Representative: Anelise Brigano Luzio.

Colombia: Programa de saneamiento del rio Medellín - Una gestión integral. Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM).
Representative: León Arturo Yepes Enríquez.

Ecuador: EPMAPS- Agua de Quito, invierte en la protección de cuencas que abastecen el servicio de agua potable para el Distrito Metropolitano de Quito.
Representative: Marco Antonio Cevallos Varea.

Honduras: Suministro de agua potable de origen subterráneo a bajo costo mediante energía solar fotovoltaica en comunidades rurales. Servicio Autónomo Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (SANAA).
Representative: Ángel Eduardo Sánchez.

Mexico: Agua segura en escuelas, lecciones aprendidas desde México. Fundación Cántaro Azul, AC. 
Representative: Fermín Reygadas Robles Gil.


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

Global Water Partnership (GWP) is an international network, created in 1996 to foster an integrated approach to water resources management (IWRM). GWP’s vision is a water secure world. Its mission is to support the sustainable development and management of water
resources at all levels. The Network is open to all organizations that recognize the principles of an integrated approach to water resources management endorsed by the Network. It includes states, government institutions (national, regional, and local), intergovernmental organizations, international and national non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions, private sector companies, and service providers in the public sector.

The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is the only intergovernmental programme of the UN system devoted to water research, water resources management, and education and capacity building. Since its inception in 1975, IHP has evolved from an internationally coordinated hydrological research programme into an encompassing, holistic programme to facilitate education and capacity building, and enhance water resources management and governance.

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)
As the specialized agency of the Inter-American System for agriculture, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) supports the efforts of the Member States to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being. Your mission is To encourage, promote and support our Member States in their efforts to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being through international technical cooperation of excellence.The Institute has the vision of To create a competitive, inclusive and sustainable inter-American agriculture that feeds the hemisphere and the world, while at the same time generating opportunities to reduce hunger and poverty among farmers and rural dwellers. IICA is characterized by being: Innovative, Purposeful, Respectful, Inclusive, Transparent, Committed to accountability, and Enviromentally responsible.

The National Association of Water and Sanitation Utilities of Mexico (ANEAS) is a private non-profit organization with 35 years of experience, is an umbrella organization of the national Water Utilities, with the basic objective of supporting the increased efficiency in the delivery of services and fostering the level of human capital professionalism and autonomy. By means of consultancy for capacity building, certification development, technical support to improve the operation and maintenance of water systems; representation before authorities and various processes; acting as liaison with national and international organizations, the association and its members exchange knowledge and experiences to achieve individual and collective objectives.
Derechos Reservados. 2017.
Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo.