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Thirsty for Change: Women & Urban Water Management Forum

This forum brings together water and urban sector experts, decision-makers, and implementing partners to discuss practical ways of benefiting from the untapped potential of women in urban water management.​

Join us for breakfast, networking, and a panel discussion

The global community has unequivocally acknowledged that the continued decline in water security—or the availability of safe, reliable water as both a commodity and a natural resource—presents an immense risk to poverty reduction and sustainable development in the coming decades. Without measurable efficiency or technology gains, by 2030, the world’s demand for water will exceed the available supply by 40 percent, and an estimated 2.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity.

As primary providers, managers, and users of water, women are uniquely positioned to help drive productive change in the design and maintenance of water systems, water distribution, and policymaking. What can be done to increase women’s involvement in water management? How can stakeholders better leverage the expertise and market intelligence of women to restructure urban water management and influence household consumption patterns?​

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Rosemary Rop, water & sanitation specialist, The World Bank
  • Kelly Latham, director of program quality, Water for People
  • Gail Chambers, associate director of infrastructure, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Moderator: Kate Thompson, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

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Event details

Date and time
March 22, 2017
8:00–10:00 a.m. ET

Ronald Reagan Building, Hemisphere B,
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20004

Event contact
Michelle Cho
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Rosemary Rop
Water & sanitation specialist, The World Bank

Rosemary Rop is a gender coordinator for the World Bank Water Global Practice based in Washington D.C. She supports knowledge creation and curation around gender and water, produces good practices and guidelines for mainstreaming gender in water lending operations, and assists World Bank clients in selected countries through their ministries, regulatory agencies, and utilities to address priority gender gaps in projects. Rosemary has led the design of projects with pro poor, gender sensitive, and social accountability principles, and led the innovation of MajiVoice as an ICT social accountability and water utility complaints management tool. She supported the development of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) Policy and Strategy for Mainstreaming Gender in Africa’s Water Sector to promote women's voice and economic opportunities in sector management. Rosemary joined the WBG in 2005 and has worked in South Asia, Latin America, East and West Africa regions. She holds a BA and MA in social anthropology, and post graduate training on partnership, and water and electricity utility regulation.

Rosemary Rop

Kelly Latham
Director of program quality, Water for People

Kelly joined Water for People in 2015 as the director of program quality. She has more than 15 years of experience in water resources engineering, with 10 years in the water and sanitation sector. At Water For People she leads the team of global specialists that supports programs in Latin America, Africa, and India in various technical disciplines focused on the quality and sustainability of water and sanitation services. Prior to Water for People, Kelly worked as a project engineer and director of international programs at Engineers Without Borders-USA, served as a water and sanitation engineer in Honduras with the US Peace Corps, and worked as an environmental engineering consultant with Tetra Tech. She received a M.S. degree in Watershed Science from Colorado State University and a B.S in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.

Kelly Latham

Gail Chambers
Associate director of infrastructure, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Gail Chambers is an associate director of infrastructure in the Water, Sanitation, and Irrigation group at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). In this position, she has developed and overseen the implementation of urban water and sanitation projects in Zambia and Jordan and irrigation projects in Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova.

Prior to MCC, Ms. Chambers was a design engineer for the Black & Veatch water group. Ms. Chambers holds a Master’s Degree in International Development and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an Environmental Engineering Degree from Tulane University.

Gail Chambers

Moderator: Kate Thompson
Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Kate Thompson is a principal with Deloitte Consulting providing strategy services and technical assistance to international clients in government and the private and social sectors. She currently leads a portfolio of global programs funded by international donors that are focused on strengthening good governance and service delivery, inclusive and innovative financing, increasing women’s access to safe water, sanitation and other urban services, empowering women, employing youth, and scaling entrepreneurship. Her successful leadership of these and other programs is predicated on her understanding of how technical assistance can be structured and implemented to achieve sustainable results in even the most challenging environments—by aligning incentives, creating value, and partnering with business, government, and civil society.

Over the course of her career Ms. Thompson has lived and worked in over 35 countries. She has led and advised the world’s largest multinational corporations, has consulted to more than 80 national and subnational government leaders, and implemented some of the most complex donor-funded technical assistance programs in countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Kate Thompson

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Kate is a principal with Deloitte Consulting and a strategic advisor to governments, business leaders, and international organizations on the policies, institutions, and capacity needed to achieve inc... More