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  • Writer's pictureJulia Bakay

Live Graphic Recording at the IWA Water and Development Congress

I had the great honour of joining the Innovation Acceleration Forum held 11 December 2023 at the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition in Kigali, Rwanda.


Live Graphic Recording at IWA Water and Development Congress - Innovation Acceleration Forum
3000 attendees at the IWA Water and Development Congress

Water industry professionals came to Kigali from more than 80 countries worldwide to think through the sanitation agenda, discuss obstacles, and align on goals for the entire sector.


The conference allowed innovators, the government, utility providers, city managers, and practitioners to connect and share their unique insights.


IWA Conference Bridge

To support the aim of this great conference, the International Water Association decided to invite me to visually capture the event, by listening closely to draw and link the key takeaways from every session throughout the day.


I tuned in virtually from the UK to practice my art of Live Graphic Recording, and my canvas was projected in the conference room in Kigali during the breaks - the miracle of technology!



Live Graphic Recording at IWA Water and Development Congress - Innovation Acceleration Forum

Here's a breakdown of what happened at this great event, as seen in my Visual Notes!


The First Session included a Keynote Speech and Panel Discussions on enabling Sanitation Innovation in Africa.


Some key themes and takeaways were:

  • Major Transformation is needed, and that requires Leadership

  • Time to reframe the sector, disrupt and transfer to a sustainable business model

  • The importance of Policies, Regulations and Partnerships emerged several times


Live Graphic Recording at IWA Water and Development Congress - Innovation Acceleration Forum

The Second Session focused on Women- and Youth-led Sanitation Innovation Initiatives.

Live Graphic Recording at IWA Water and Development Congress - Innovation Acceleration Forum

The Third Session of IWA's Innovation Acceleration Forum focused on Funding and the Future.

  • Grants and Scalability - The Funding Pathways for Sanitation Initiatives

  • The Vision Forward

    • a systematic transformation is needed to move forward

    • these initiatives need to be facilitated by the Government but ultimately led by the Community

IWA Attendees Personnel

The Graphics Projected on the big screens between the sessions were a great success, not only did they decorate the walls of the congress room, but served as a great summary of the sessions and a touchstone for conversation while networking.


After the IWA Water and Development Congress, once all 3 Live Graphic Recording Pieces have been received and reviewed, I was commissioned by IWA to bring it all together, to create a Visual Summary of the day that takes highlights and combines all three sessions into one piece.


Here it is!


Innovation Acceleration Forum by International Water Association - IWA Conference Visual Summary

Read on to learn more about this new genre of Event Illustration: 'Visual Conference Summaries'.


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