Water, Sanitation, Hygiene & Peace

The topics of the Rotary Presidential Peacebuilding Conference in Beirut were “Water, Sanitation, Hygiene & Peace”. Rotary President Ian Risley wanted to raise awareness for the water and sanitation challenges in Libanon. Read the article about the Conference which took place in February by Verena Maria Amersbach here (German).

Drink Water for Zambia!

cewas start-up “Wasser für Wasser” helps to finance building water pipes in Zambia by offering tap water in a restaurant in Lucerne, Switzerland. See how they put this idea into practice in the following “TV report (in German)” by Swiss public service broadcaster SRF.

cewas Middle East launched its new website

The cewas subsidiary “cewas Middle East” updated the design of its online presence and added further contents. The offers to entrepreneurs from Arab countries are awesome: Start-up programmes in Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan; plus access to trainings and tools in the fields of water and sanitation.

Mosan wins SEIF Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2016

“The jury awarded MoSan with the Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2016. The Zurich company developed a toilet that separates urin from faeces and thereby can prevent the spread of diseases. The verdict of the Jury: a simple but effective solution that can help billions of people who do not have access to toilets, yet. The mobile toilet could also be used in refugee camps.”

Integrity Management Toolbox is NOW ONLINE


The Integrity Management Toolbox, co-developed by cewas and Water Integrity Network, supports water sector organizations like utilities, small and medium-sized enterprises and public institutions in making integrity a part of their strategic plans, business models, and daily practices to reduce corruption risks and improve performance.


The online IM Toolbox provides:

  • up-to-date and searchable integrity risks and tools
  • guidance on leading integrity change processes
  • new supporting materials and instructions for integrity management coaches
  • information on embedding integrity management approaches at the sector level


The Toolbox is NOW ONLINE.

14 Jungunternehmer in Willisau!

14 UnternehmerInnen aus Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika haben vorletzte Woche das cewas Start-up Programm im schweizerischen Willisau begonnen. So unterschiedliche Ansätze sie auch haben, sie vereint ein Sie: Lösungen für die weltweiten Herausforderungen im Wasser und Abwasserbereich zu finden.

Nuha aus Indonesien beispielsweise entwickelte einen Filter, der über 90% der Schwermetall-Ionen aus industriellem Abwasser filtert, bevor es in die Umwelt strömt.

Wir werden zur World Water Week nach Stockholm reisen und freuen uns über alle, die uns dort am Stand gemeinsam mit Swiss Water Partnership besuchen!


How to avoid sewers in India and Haiti

In an article on sanitation systems Alia Dharssi explains why and how sewers can be replaced by more sustainable toilet systems. She talks about the toilet museum in India and our start-up SOIL which is active in Haiti working on sanitation solutions. Read the full article here.

BENAA at UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris

cewas start-up member Kareem Khaled Hassan/BENAA participated in the UNESCO Youth Forum (25th-26th of October 2017) in Paris. He was selected among 60 other young people as representative of the most influencing youths in the world. Karreem contributed on youth activation in the Middle East in order to transfer knowledge into actions on the ground. UNESCO published his statement here

Blog on Integrity Management

As a follow-up to the Stockholm World Water Week, WIN (Water Integrity Network) published a blog on how integrity tools support change management within organizations. The blog highlights the cases that were presented during the WIN integrity seminar.

Agenda 2017: cewas Open Working Days

The cewas Open Working days are the best opportunity to get to know the team of cewas and learn about the current projects. Every two weeks, everyone is kindly invited to meet the cewas Team at the Willisau Office. The team of cewas is looking forward to fruitful discussions.

October: 5./26,

November: 16.

December: 7.


Green Pads - Winner of the first cewas Start-up Competition

Lawrence Afere from Nigeria is the winner of the first cewas Start-up Competition. His business idea “Green Pads” convinced both the jury and the audience. As a banana farmer Lawrence was looking for opportunities to use the banana leaves and stems. He came up with the idea of producing pulp and thereof sanitary pads for the Nigerian market. It’s a win win win solution. It financially supports banana farmers, increases resource efficiency, and improves the hygiene situation of women in Nigeria. The lack of affordable sanitary pads in Nigeria currently leads to stigmatization of menstruating women. Usually, girls would not go to school when menstruating. Some girls even drop out of the school system due to poor attendance. So, the jury saw a great potential for “Green Pads” to improve the situation of low income women and girls in Nigeria. “Green Pads” received a scholarship to participate in the upcoming Start-up program plus CHF 5000.- to launch the business.

cewas Pitching Event with Apéro: Friday, August 24th in Willisau 4.30 to 7 pm

Dear cewas friends & partners,

For this year`s cewas start-up programme, cewas together with Young Water Solutions and the Swiss Re Foundation have identified 14 young and dedicated entrepreneurs from Africa, Asia and Latin America. We have organized a lot of exciting lectures and excursions for our participants, but they also need to challenge themselves! And this is where your organization comes in: cewas is organizing a pitching event where each of the participant introduces his or her start-up to a group of well-selected experts from the water and sanitation sector who then provide the participants with feedback.

Date and time: Friday, August 24th 4.30 to 7 pm

Location: Stadtmühle Willisau, Müligass 7, 6130 Willisau, Switzerland, see here on Google maps

We would be very happy if you can join our pitching event. Please let us know as soon as possible and confirm your participation by writing an email to franka.voss@cewas.org.

Looking forward to meet you in Willisau!

Tandiwe Erlmann

Project manager cewas start-up programme

Apply now for the ReSource Award 2019!

Applications for the ReSource Award 2019 are currently open.
If you can think of entrepreneurial initiatives that foster resilience in water management please encourage them to apply. They might just become the next finalist pitching for the ReSource Award in early 2019 and get ongoing coaching as well as financial support to boost their impact.

Applications can be submitted check the details here

Gravit’eau erhält prix eco.ch für nachhaltige Wasseraufbereitung

Das Schweizer Nachhaltigkeitsforum eco.ch hat am 31. März 2017 im Theater Basel vor rund 500 Besuchenden die Schweizer Nachhaltigkeitspreise verliehen. Der Schweizer Nachhaltigkeitspreis prix eco.ch 2017 geht in der Kategorie Hauptpreis an das Projekt Gravit’eau der Eawag und der Hochschule für Life Sciences FHNW für ihr herausragendes Engagement für nachhaltige Wasseraufbereitung. Ebenfalls überzeugen konnte das Projekt AquAero mit ihrer Technologie, die Wasser energieeffizient aus der Luft gewinnt, und den Publikumspreis erhielt. Ein Sonderpreis ging an Viva con Agua Schweiz. Wasserbotschafter und Expeditionsschwimmer Ernst Bromeis ist diesjähriger Gewinner in der Kategorie “Hoffnungsträger”.

Die Preisverleihung wurde in Partnerschaft mit dem Wasser-Start-Up-Programm cewas, der Swiss Bluetec Bridge und der Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit (DEZA) durchgeführt.

Safe!Pad is now online

“This is real. Turning banana fiber into wealth.” This is the welcoming phrase of Safe!Pad’s (previously GreenPads) brand new website. The story behind this project is absolutely worth reading.

Swiss Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter honours the work of cewas

In the annual conference of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit on March 18th 2016 in Winterthur, Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, especially mentioned the cewas Middle East programme as a innovative and exemplary initiative to mitigate the water and  humanitarian crisis in the region. As Mr. Burkhalter explained, the cewas training programme fosters entrepreneurial solutions for local water problems, offering also possibilities for employment for the popublation affected by the crisis.

The Middle East, especially the neighbouring countries of war-struck Syria, has recently come into focus of cewas, the world’s first start-up incubator focused on water and sanitation issues. Besides the devastating civil war, the region is also the most water scarce region of the world in dire need of new, sustainable solutions to manage dwindling resources under difficult conditions. In the coming years, cewas will run a large training and start-up support programme for the water and sanitations sector in Lebanon, Jordan, Kurdistan Iraq and Palestine to offer innovative solutions and employment opportunities in the region.

cewas is currently preparing for its 6th start-up programme commencing in August 2016 in Willisau, Switzerland to support young, innovative graduates with fresh start-up ideas for the water sector. Besides its programme in Switzerland, cewas has also been active in supporting water start-ups across the world, namely in India, Southern Africa and South America.

SedaConsult wins Swiss Environmental Prize

Congratulations to the cewas start-up SedaConsult which won the Swiss Environmental Prize 2015 in the category “youth promotion”. The start-up is awarded with CHF 10’000 for its aim to improve the transparency, integrity and sustainability of the textile industry.