WaterAid launches the Water Innovators challenge 2016

Posted: Wednesday 13th January 2016

International development charity WaterAid is inviting corporate partners to register teams for its Water Innovators 2016 challenge. The exciting programme aims to develop professional and core business skills, whilst teams compete to solve real problems from WaterAid projects and fundraise for the charity.

This year the teams will be tasked with finding solutions for WaterAid projects in Cambodia. Still recovering from decades of conflict, Cambodia is one of South East Asia’s poorest countries and access to water, sanitation and hygiene is very low. The global challenge will see teams from across the UK, America and Australia choose either a water, sanitation or hygiene problem to overcome using innovative problem solving.

Isabelle Herszenhorn, Innovation and Strategic Engagement Team Leader at WaterAid, said:

“After a highly successful pilot year in 2015, with 13 teams going head to head to solve real problems relating to communities in Nepal, we are very excited to be launching Water Innovators for 2016. This exciting programme gives you and your colleagues the opportunity to help WaterAid reach more people with safe water and toilets whilst gaining a unique learning experience.The focus country for this year will be Cambodia and it will be interesting to see what ideas the teams will come up with to support our programme work there as they develop new skills and leadership qualities.”

During last year’s pilot programme 13 teams took part in Water Innovators from six of our corporate and water industry partners, together raising £74,000 for WaterAid's post-earthquake work in Nepal. 90% of the participants agreed that they had developed team work and practical skills that can be applied in the workplace, and three quarters of the participants felt that they had developed their influencing skills.

The companies were tasked with real challenges from our Nepal team including a ‘water challenge’, to address water source depletion and promote rainwater harvesting in rural areas and a ‘toilets challenge’, to look at how we can advise local authorities in the building, management and promotion of public toilets in urban Kathmandu.

Claire Hinson, Learning and Development Advisor at South East Water, said:

“It has been great to see individuals grow in confidence and acquire new skills that ordinarily they may not have got through the normal L&D channels. The peer support has also been fantastic and enabled those involved to grow their personal networks.”

To register a team for Water Innovators 2016 or to learn more about how your company can help transform lives and learn new skills with Water Innovators visit www.wateraid.org/uk/waterinnovators

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