Official Launch: Online Course on Resources Recovery and Reuse (RRR) Entrepreneurship

Check out our new Online Course on “Resources Recovery and Reuse (RRR) Entrepreneurship”.
The Online Course, which contains 6 exciting modules full of information and exercises, is geared at entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs interested in business opportunities in the waste and sanitation sectors.

The course has officially been launched at the SIWI World Water Week in Stockholm at the IWMI booth on August 27th.

Applications to Young Water Solutions now open!

Young Water Solutions is excited to announce the call for applications for its Young Water Fellowship 2019, after a successful implementation of its 2017 and 2018 editions. The programme will empower 10 young social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to tackle water and sanitation issues in their communities, by providing them training, mentorship and seed- funding grants.

The call is open to all young people aged 18 to 30 years old from low and middle income countries (for conditions and specific information, please visit

The application deadline is March 24th 2018. For questions, please contact

Together we're better - The Swiss Youth and Future prize 2019

Are you under 35? Are you actively involved in sustainable development in an international development cooperation country? If so, read on to find out how you can be involved in shaping a better future for the world.

SDC and SECO are looking for innovative projects, initiatives and ideas for projects run by young Swiss people that can help advance sustainable development and fight poverty in developing and transition countries.

Apply by March 31st to qualify for assessment! Head over now to the SDC to find out everything you need to know to enter the competition.

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.

Water Journalism Academy

The Regional Program Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (KAS – REMENA) of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and cewas have joined hands to engage and work with media enthusiasts to engage in in-depth reporting on pressing water and sanitation issues across the MENA region. Outstanding environmental journalists and media professionals will be selected to take part in a tailored programme with the goal of intensifying and improving the quality and scope of media coverage of acute water-related challenges in the country of implementation and region. through resources by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The programme comprises a four-module training and co-creation workshop bringing together media professionals with key stakeholders of the water and environmental sectors on constructive water reporting, follow-up coaching and a regional competition, the Blue Peace Open Eye Award, that will award the production of innovative media pieces that make a meaningful contribution to improve water management across the region.

Apply to participate here.

Blue Peace Media Lab 2019 - Kurdistan

cewas is partnering with MiCT, Media Academy Iraq, Borda-WESCA and SuSanA to launch the first edition of its Blue Peace Media Lab in Kurdistan this July. Targeting media professionals such as journalists, bloggers and reporters, the complexity of the challenges related to water and the water sector will be tackled in a constructive manner. Participants can expect an in-depth training, field visits, various exposure opportunities and the Open Eye Award, worth 800 USD, throughout the programme period. Applications can be submitted here.

SDC priorities and Swiss involvement in water management take centre stage at annual press conference

In early February, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation invited cewas Middle East and one of our Lebanon-based start-ups, Clean2O, to participate in their annual press conference in Bern.

We were delighted to align with the SDC on prioritising issues around water, and are grateful for the opportunity to speak about our work to such a distinguished audience.

Find out more here or here (in German).

Have you ever heard of shrimp shell filters to remove textile dyes?

Or silica gel that turns thin air into drinking water? These are some of the innovations being developed by the 13 young water entrepreneurs who came from Asia, Africa and Latin America to participate in this year’s cewas start-up programme. Learn more about Isabel, Beth and their fellow participants here.

Last month 13 young entrepreneurs from Africa, Asia and Latin America pitched their water and sanitation business ideas to the Vice-Prime Minister of Belgium and Ambassadors from Uganda, Kenya, Indonesia and Ghana, amongst others. The pitching event In Brussels marked the final milestone on their 5-weeks journey to completing the cewas Start-up Programme.

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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 für nachhaltige Wasseraufbereitung

Das Schweizer Nachhaltigkeitsforum hat am 31. März 2017 im Theater Basel vor rund 500 Besuchenden die Schweizer Nachhaltigkeitspreise verliehen. Der Schweizer Nachhaltigkeitspreis prix 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.

Water Open Eye Award - Lebanon Winner: Ali Awadah

We have awarded the Water Open Eye Award – Lebanon as part of the Blue Peace Media Lab project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and implemented by MiCT, cewas and the Media Academy Iraq, to young Lebanese journalist Ali Awadah for his piece about mismanagement and pollution of the Litani River.

Our jurors from the SDC, BORDA, MiCT and cewas selected this piece as an outstanding example of water-related media reporting. The award is noted at USD 500.

The winning article can be found here.

Check out our new Online Course "Resources Recovery and Reuse (RRR) Entrepreneurship"

The Online Course “Resources, Recovery and Reuse(RRR) Entrepreneurship”, developed by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and cewas, is designed for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs interested in business opportunities in the waste and sanitation sectors. By following this course, you will get sector specific insights and hands-on knowledge and thus have more confidence on starting-up a RRR business and experience less frustration in going through the start-up process.

Click here to learn more!

Issue 27 of Sustainable Sanitation Practice out now!

Download your copy of the newest edition of the SSP (Sustainable Sanitation Practice) journal, with a focus on our very own cewas success stories! From Ecuador to the Middle East, find out how innovation is shaping sanitation practices all over the world.

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.