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Utility of the Future Challenge: Delivering water and sanitation services in 2050

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 24, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on August 5, 2021
Utility of the Future Challenge poster
Utility of the Future Challenge poster

The Utility of the Future challenge invites you to imagine the future (2050) where water utilities are providing reliable, safe, inclusive, transparent, and responsive WSS services through best-fit practices that allow them to operate in an efficient, resilient, innovative and sustainable manner.

But the challenge does not stop at envisioning the future; you must also come up with a strategy to fulfill your vision.

Put on your thinking cap and help a utility in trouble become a Utility of the Future.

Utilize This Offer

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Team: Groups of 2 to 3 people. Make sure your group is diverse and inclusive!
2. Participants' age: Max 30-years old.

Your reward:
• Bragging rights at the upcoming World Water Week hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) being held from August 23-27;
• the opportunity to participate and present your idea at the 2022 World Bank Water Week;
• meeting World Bank’s senior water experts to grow your network and discuss the latest trends in water and sanitation;
• and last but not least - being shortlisted for a winter internship with the WB Utility of the Future team so you can help real utilities travel to 2050.

Application Deadline: August 6, 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 24
Jul 24

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed calls that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Jul 26
Jul 26

Thanks, Ana.