Where better to discuss issues of water and sanitation than the hyper hydro Stockholm? This past week, Sanergy had the delight of participating in World Water Week, a forum with a long history of seeking alternatives to the world’s pressing water and sanitation challenges.

Each year, hundreds of organizations convene to discuss new solutions to problems that are at once centuries old yet thoroughly modern. Of course, we were there to lead the conversation on how best to bring sustainable sanitation to urban slums in Africa.

With this year’s conference focusing on water and food security, we were able to speak to our own work converting water and sanitation challenges into nutrient-rich opportunities to grow the East African agricultural market. As this McKinsey report and countless others have now noted, increased access to high-quality fertilizer will stimulate a green revolution in the region.

As always, we found inspiration in Water for People’s commitment to bring water and sanitation to everyone, forever. Through countless other conversations and sessions, we shared our own experiences and learned from others such as WaterSHED in Cambodia or Water and Sanitation for Africa (formerly CREPA) in Burkina Faso – exchanging ideas on how to design, build, operate, maintain, and track the impact of sustainable sanitation systems.

While at World Water Week, Sanergy was honored to receive 2nd prize in the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge. As the world’s foremost scientific researcher and publisher, Reed Elsevier’s recognition underscores the innovation of our own work in Kenya – and their financial support will now enable us to further expand that work.

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