World Water Day 2020

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Viva con Agua

Viva con Agua: Music creates water (postponed)

Together with SofaConcerts we organize the concert action week “Music creates water”. More than 50 musicians – newcomers and headliners – play intimate concerts for clean drinking water in private living rooms. The deadline for application has passed, but of course you can also just go to a concert – for free, with a collection. The concerts will take place between 19 and 29 March in various Swiss and German cities. Click here for more information.

Become a part of “Water is a Human Right”

Lo and Leduc have done it, Steven Zuber, Naomi Lareine and Black Sea Dahu too: they are part of our “Water is a human right” campaign. Using photos on social media, they show what they stand for: clean drinking water. With this campaign we want to create awareness of this precious resource, both in Switzerland and globally. At the Swiss Music Awards, Viva con Agua will receive a stage for this as an official partner. Do you also want to show your support for water? Then take part in the campaign with our official Instagram filter and animate your environment to participate & donate. Click here for the campaign.

Project trip to Mozambique

After last year’s devastating floods, the situation in parts of Mozambique is still tense. Nevertheless, we believe in a positive change – and want to show this to a broad audience in March: Our Mozambican Viva con Agua team will put on a colourful music, sports and cultural programme just in time for World Water Day, thus highlighting their year-round commitment – especially in schools. We will travel to Mozambique from 15 to 30 March and will support them in the final spurt. We will also visit the projects of our partner Helvetas. You can follow our trip on social media & support it with a donation. Obrigado!

Water Integrity Network

Webinar: Demystifying Water Integrity

From Policy to Practice Using the Integrity Management Toolbox

At least 10 percent of the money invested in the water sector leaks out because of corruption. This represents a massive loss of resources and big drain on the reputation and effectiveness of players ensuring service delivery.

There are some high-level policies in place to tackle the challenge, but key players in the sector, like water utilities, don’t often feel they have enough practical guidance to deal with the issues they actually face in their daily business. What do you do to make sure integrity risks don’t drag you down? What do you do when funds disappear or when vehicles and company resources are being used abusively for private purposes?

This webinar introduces the Integrity Management Toolbox, which has been developed to help sector institutions address these challenges in a structured and guided change management process. During the webinar, we will:

  • Discuss common integrity challenges
  • Introduce the Integrity Management Toolbox and how it can be used
  • Share first-hand experience from utility managers and integrity management coaches on their use of the tool and their motivations for working with an integrity lens.


  • Erion Likaj, Municipal Infrastructure Program, KfW, Albania
  • Valentin Pfäffli, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Economic Cooperation and Development, Infrastructure Financing, Switzerland
  • Sareen Malik, African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW), Kenya
  • Lotte Feuerstein, Programme Manager, Regional Coordinator – East Africa, Water Integrity Network, Germany

The webinar is hosted by WIN and cewas. You may register here.

German Toilet Organization

On the occasion of World Water Day the German Toilet Organization issued a press release.

Berlin, 21st March 2020 – The COVID-19 epidemic is spreading. Novel viruses or multi-resistant germs know no boundaries. They usually develop where hygienic deficiencies are most serious. Although leading hygiene researchers consider hand washing with soap to be as important as vaccination in the fight against pandemics, 36% of schools worldwide have no hand washing facilities. The German Toilet Organization demands that Germany accepts international responsibility and puts the issue of hygiene on the agenda of the G7 and its EU Presidency in the second half of this year.

Full press release available here, in German only.


Students washing their hands in a group at a school in the Philippines (Copyright GIZ)