Civil Society Innovation Award at WASH Futures 2018 Conference

Civil Society Innovation Award at WASH Futures 2018 Conference

The purpose of this award is to highlight and showcase the innovative work of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)/ Non-government Organisations (NGOs) in improving WASH service delivery and sustainability.

Innovation by CSOs will be defined as new approaches, methods, techniques or technologies adopted and applied to WASH challenges. Innovations should have the potential for broad-scale or catalytic impact on how WASH services are designed or delivered, or their impact measured. Innovation will be considered across the spectrum of sanitation, hygiene or water in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Increasing inclusivity and equitable WASH access
  • Strengthening supply chains and/or the private sector
  • Grassroots or field solutions to particular challenges
  • Addressing water security and disaster risk reduction aspect of WASH interventions
  • Strengthening the WASH enabling environment

Sponsor: Civil Society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Fund (

Submission Format: CSOs should submit a short video and a completed nomination form.  The video must include the following:

  • Title of innovation and the organisation name and country location in the first shot
  • Description of the WASH challenge the innovation addresses
  • Scope and focus of innovation
  • Evidence of impact or expected impact
  • Be in simple English language
  • Be a maximum 3 minutes in length
  • Credit the producer in the final shot

Videos can be taken on smart phones or cameras and do not need to be highly polished. If CSOs have any technical issues uploading or producing videos please contact us for alternative submission options.

Submission requirements:

  • Submit the video in mpg, wmv, avi, m4v, 3gp, mov or flv format
  • Upload the video to YouTube and email the link to:
  • The nomination form must be completed and include the title of the innovation, organisation name, contact person, email address and country. Nomination forms must be submitted to
  • Nominate how first or runner-up prize money would be spent on innovation dissemination and/or capacity building activities 

Eligibility and criteria:

  • The Award is open to not-for-profit CSOs/NGOs only (any size, national or international)
  • Submissions will be evaluated on:
    • The creativity of the innovation described
    • Evidence of impact or potential impact of the innovation to improve WASH access or be a catalyst for change. (Note: evidence does not need to be rigorous, peer-reviewed research but show evidence of impact from beneficiaries or others working in the sector)
    • Alignment of the innovation with WASH sector priorities
    • Accessibility of video and clarity of messages presented

Suitability of proposed use of award funds to further share the innovation and/or improve capacity.

Selection and finalisation process:

  • A panel of 4 WASH specialists drawn from the WASH Futures Conference committee will review and score videos based on the criteria listed above.
  • The three top-rated videos will be selected and organisations notified.
  • The CS WASH Fund Management Facility will work with and support these short-listed organisations if required to further produce videos to an appropriate standard for presentation at the Conference dinner.
  • The CS WASH FMF may support short-listed organisations to attend the WASH Futures Conference including travel, accommodation and other costs, and subject to attainment of necessary travel approvals.
  • The shortlisted videos will be shown at the Conference dinner and the winner and runners-up will be announced on the night.
  • All decisions made by the evaluation committee will be final and not open to discussion.


First place: AUD 10,000 towards further dissemination of the innovation and/or capacity building and knowledge building activities for the CSO (eg. conference attendance, training courses). The CSO must propose how to spend prize money in their application form. Payment for activities will be managed directly by the CS WASH Fund Management Facility (managed by Palladium International Pty Ltd on behalf of the Australian Government).

2 x Runner-ups: AUD 2,500 each. Same conditions apply as per first prize.

Submission deadline: 31 October 2017

Enquiries: If you have any questions about this award please contact