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The Grassroots Women Water Action Contest (GWWAC).

The Grassroots Women Water Action Contest (GWWAC).

Guidelines for the Grassroots Women Water Action Contest


This contest will be conducted to provide various women organisations worldwide with the opportunity to present their actions/activities at the grassroots level towards the resolution of the world water issues at the 5th World Water Forum; Istanbul- Turkey; March 16 - 22; 2008.
Participation will be encouraged through the possibility to attend the 5th World Water Forum to present the action.

What is an Action?
The actions, which are being focused on, are women's grassroots level activities that are implemented in practical and tangible ways, and have a real effect on the way water situation is improved through them.

These can include projects (actual implementation), awareness –raising, campaigns and the promotion of participatory process, on water related issues such as water supply and sanitation, water –related diseases, irrigation, drainage, dam, rivers and lakes basins, wetlands, groundwater poverty, gender, capacity building, community participation etc.

Here are some examples of actions at the grassroots level:

v Encouraging farmers or other users to make efficient use of water;
v Training and raising awareness for school children, teachers, women, local government officials, other NGOs;
v Introduction of rainwater-harvesting tanks and ponds;
v Development pf simple water supply systems (through pipes to the village);
v Assisting activities in assessing pollution and introduce clean water technology;
v Building new sustainable toilets and upgrading existing toilets;
v Flood prevention at household and community level;
v Participatory activities to empower the people to restore their own environment;
v Re-establish of riparian vegetation zone alongside a river or wetland;
v Cleanup campaigns to protect ecosystems or water quality;
v Women groups working in collaboration with professionals to solve, water, sanitation and environmental crisis;
v Promotion of afforestation and reforestation in collaboration with local communities.

Many more actions of various kinds other than these are welcome to be registered.

Winning Prize:

Special awards for the 50 finalist organisations:

One representative for the 50 finalist organisations will be invited to the 5th World Water Forum in Turkey in March 2009 to present their actions at the poster sessions in the forum. We are arranging with our sponsors to meet up with the necessary costs, such as airfare, forum registration fee, accommodation and per diems.

Grand Prize:

50,000 USD will be awarded to the winner of the Grand Prize. The prize must be used by the winner organisation to continue the award-winning exercise or similar ones.

Application Period:

Applications will be accepted only during the period from September 18 to December 20, 2008.

Eligibility for Entry:

Women groups and Organisations that have been working diligently on water and sanitation issues at the grassroots level are eligible. Any women groups or organisation from developing countries can enter the contest.

Selection Procedure:

Preliminary Selection: January 2009:

Around 50 women/women organisations will be selected through the evaluation of the submitted reports. The preliminary evaluation will be made by consultants. Selection of the 50 finalist will be made by the Global Water Sustainability Forum (GWSF) World Pulse, Planet Survey, WICO International and partners.

Final Selection: March 2009 (during the forum)

Finalist will make a 2-day poster presentation during the forum from the March 16 to 22, 2008 Istanbul –Turkey. The ten best actions will be selected to enter for the international finals, two from each continent. The final judgement of the poster presentation would be made by the international panel of jury.

Award Ceremony: The award of prizes to the ten finalists, two from each continent, including the Grand Prize winner will be at a Special Ceremony organise the GWSF and partners at the end of the 5th World Water Forum on the 23rd of March 2008.

How to Enter:
A dully filled application form (A. About your and your organisation and B. Water Action Statement) of the grassroots actions on water and sanitation should be submitted to the GWSF by post or email.

The form must be filled in English: Other languages are not acceptable. Due to the tight budget we can not translate materials into other languages.

Materials to be submitted:
v Application Form (A. About yourself and organisation and B. Water Action Statement) (This would be made available)
v Photographs or videos, which introduce the activity and the results of the Actions (Optional)
v Any other materials like brochures, which serve as a reference for the evaluation (Optional)

Submit to:


v The criteria to be used in evaluating water actions are included in this document.
v Any cost of entry such as postage and shipping cost is to be paid by an entrant
v Materials submitted for entry will not be returned.

For more information, please contact GWSF.

Only actions that are submitted specifically for consideration in the contest will be considered. We encourage women to submit their actions of the Wold Pulse, Global Water Sustainability Forum (GWSF) Website. For those who have the intention to enter the Contest, you are kindly requested to fill an application form and submit to GWSF

Criteria for Evaluating Women Water Actions (described in Form B)

The following criteria that will be used when evaluating women water actions submitted to the Grassroots Women Water Action Contest (GWWAC). All sections must be plainly answered.

1. Description of the Problem and Action as Implemented

Brief and clear description of the water/sanitation problem/crises in hand and consequently achieved action should be provided.

Hints to fill this section:
v Articulate the problem or water/sanitation crisis at hand.
v Clear definition of the action (i.e. where, when and why?)
v Difficulties in implementing the action
v Claims of improvement of existing conditions
v Additional relevant information.

2. Impact of Implemented Action
Impact of the action in alleviating or eradication water/sanitation problem should be articulated.

Hints to fill in this section:

v Results after implementation (short, medium and long term general impact)
v Social impacts (benefits of grassroots people, poverty alleviation, improvement of the quality of life)
v Economic impact (grassroots economical benefits: job opportunity, economic development)
v Environmental impact (does the project target an important challenge within the water, sanitation and environmental sector)
v Scale of the impact (in terms of Integrated Water Resources Management, i.e. Local, basin and sub-basin regional, national or international)
v Indirect impact
v Additional relevant information.

3. Stakeholder Participation

v The contribution of all types of stakeholders (i.e., Grassroots, Researchers, NGOs, Government Officials, etc)
v What is the role and contribution of the stakeholders involved?
v User's involvement (how and when?)
v Resources used (how local resources have been efficiently used?)
v Additional relevant information.

4. Sustainability

The plans for sustaining the action should be clearly reported.

Hints to fill this section

v Problems to assure sustainability (What are the obstacles towards sustainability)
v Replicability of the action (both opportunities and possible constraints on the implementation in different circumstances; if the community wants to replicate the action, may they rely on your support)
v Link to the World Water Vision and other International Water Milestones
v Additional relevant information.

5. Commitment

It is important to articulate your commitment to pursuing the action, scale it up or follow it up.

Hints to fill in this section

v Plans of the actors to continue and expand the action
v Commitment to assure sustainability
v Expected outcomes versus actual outcomes (Where action was carried)


Lisa's picture

More info?

Hi, Rosemary!

Is there a website where someone could download the forms to submit for the contest? I looked around on the internet and couldn't find anything. I've also been browsing the site today. Have you seen it? It is absolutely brimming with ambition, creative energy, and powerful solutions! Is anyone on PulseWire submitting their projects to the GWWAC??



mboneenie's picture

Thanks Lisa

We are using the WICO Website. I would like to put it on Pulsewire.

I shall get back to you.


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