An exciting dimension to the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene is the WASH Fair, one of the key places on site where practitioners from WASH, academia, health, education and the private sector can learn from each other and sharing ideas on sanitation and hygiene, particularly for the poorest and  most marginalized. Thus the WASH Fair serves as a central meeting point and unique sharing environment that will promote inter-regional and inter-sector  exchange. It will showcase practical innovations and successful approaches in sanitation and hygiene programmes; share global advocacy materials, such  as posters, pictures and videos; facilitate networking and discussions; and create opportunities for possible partnerships and business opportunities.


The WASH Fair will be open for four days during conference hours. Sunday 9 October, Fair setup starting 12:00 Monday 10 October, 08:15 -20:00 Tuesday 11 October, 08:15 -20:00 Wednesday 12 October, 08:15 -20:00 Thursday 13 October, 08.15-19:00, dismantling starts at 20:00

Key Features of the WASH Fair

The WASH Fair has Regional Stalls that bring to life the distinctive colour, ethos and experiences of these regions, and most importantly facilitate intra-regional sharing and networking. The Regional Stalls include:
  • North, Central and West Africa
  • Eastern and Southern Africa
  • South Asia
  • South East Asia and China
  • India
  • CEENIS + Latin America
In addition, Thematic Stalls provide a space for partners to present and share exciting work, materials and experiences on themes including:
  • Advocacy in Sanitation and Hygiene, where WSSCC’s GDP for GDP advocacy initiative will be highlighted, together with initiatives from End Water Poverty, WASH United, the Freshwater Action Network (FAN), the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW), the WASH Advocacy Initiative, the Drive to 2015 and the National WASH Coalitions
  • Menstrual Hygiene Management
  • Sanitation and Hygiene Software Approaches, featuring approaches such as Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS), Sanitation Marketing, and Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST)
  • Emergencies and Disasters
  • Information, Education and Communication (IEC) and Schools
  • Sanitation as a Business
  • Sustainable Sanitation
In addition, stalls from the Forum’s sponsors Sulabh International Service Organization and Unilever will present their most interesting work and showcase innovative products and solutions in the provision of sanitation and hygiene.

This year, the latest edition of WSSCC’s landmark Global WASH Campaign, known as “GDP for GDP”, was launched. In Mumbai, conference participants will have the opportunity to pick up GDP for GDP advocacy materials at the WASH Fair, and at the Community of Practice Corner, presentations by WSSCC’s advocacy staff help attendees learn more about the campaign and how to put it into practice. WASH United: Let ’s hit diarrhoea for “6”! After successful football-based WASH United campaigns in Africa, WASH United, WaterAid, WSSCC and other sector partners are now translating WASH United’s sport-and fun-based approach to sanitation and hygiene promotion to South Asia’s number one sport: cricket. Find out at the WASH United stall which superstars have already signed up as champions for sanitation and hygiene, show your skills at new cricket-based games and share your ideas about how we can harness together the power of cricket for maximum impact! The WSSCC Lounge The WSSCC Lounge is a dedicated space in the WASH Fair for follow-up from the sessions. The WASH Film Night on Tuesday will screen long and short  documentaries and clips around sanitation and hygiene from all over the world. On Wednesday it will host an exciting side-event on Handwashing, presenting the latest research and progress on the ground, while providing a platform for Forum participants to share their exciting experiences from the field. In the lounge there will also be a membership section where you can learn more about the benefits of joining the WSSCC family and meet other members. Here you can find out about the latest results from WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund, or WSSCC’s host agency, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and other work. You can browse through our WASH Library, pick up publications, and learn about our “GDP for GDP” advocacy campaign. The Community of Practice CoP Corner & the Knowledge Wall On 10 October, the Global Forum will see the launch of a “Global Community of Practice for Sanitation and Hygiene.” WSSCC is launching the initiative in  response to sector demand for collaborative learning in sanitation and hygiene. This global platform, or “Community of Practice,” (CoP) will be a space for honest and frank debate in the coming months and years across sanitation and hygiene thematic areas. The CoP is hosted by WSSCC but is driven by many sector professionals, including WSSCC members. After the launch the participants in Mumbai will themselves shape the agenda for discussion and discourse in the CoP sessions at the Forum. The CoP Corner will host a ‘knowledge wall’ where global forum participants are invited to share and pair their successes and challenges in a participatory and visual way. Throughout the week global forum participant input will be themed and narrowed to inform the content of two small roundtable discussions. Through ongoing interaction with Global Forum participants the knowledge wall aims to identify themes, questions that are most relevant for practitioners to provide the foundation for CoP activities and content generation over the coming 12 months.