Our activities in Iraq
This year, cewas Middle East and BORDA West and Central Asia are initiating “Innovating water, sanitation and waste solutions in KRI”, a tailor-made, long term capacity strengthening program designed to respond to the needs of different actors of the Water and Sanitation Sector; including the relevant public directorates, corporations, educational institutions, private sector and NGOs, and particularly young entrepreneurs.
Activities such as training courses, seminars, innovation competitions, business development coaching sessions and other tools will be employed to create the demand and supply of sustainable water and sanitation technologies, activating the market of water and sanitation innovation. The aim is to capitalize the potential of innovators developing nature-based technologies, methods and management systems to the sector, assuring that public and private water and sanitation projects are designed, implemented and operated in a sustainable way.
The first step of our long-term dedicated business development support programme is the Eco-Innovation hackathon, in cooperation with Field Ready, Iraq Response Innovation lab, Re:Coded, Re:Coded House and the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr. The goal of the event is to empower entrepreneurs to introduce innovative solutions to the sector and, thus, ignite the creation of an ecosystem for water and sanitation entrepreneurs.
The Eco-Innovation Hackathon will be a full day event, which will be open for the participation of up to 60 students, young professionals and other enthusiasts from different faculties with an interest to innovate on respective solutions.