Clean Water for Everyone invited to present at UNHCR Innovation Panel

NEW YORK – January 20, 2015 – Clean Water for Everyone’s CEO, Abbey Wemimo, was recently invited to speak on a panel discussion titled “Innovation Solutions: Creating Humanitarian Innovation Management” at the 2015 Humanitarian Innovation Jam at Georgetown University. He addressed the challenges and solutions for managing water and sanitation and highlighted CWFE’s sustainable approach to providing access to clean water and sanitation in Ghana. Abbey presented alongside Olivier Delarue (Lead UNHCR Innovation), Howard Rush (Professor Innovation Management) and Michael Chodos (Senior Fellow Beeck Center for Social Innovation). This panel tied together previous workshops, and convened all participants to think constructively about ways to better manage humanitarian innovation. The session was particularly significant for developing an interactive toolkit that will be launched at the end of HIJ.

About UNHCR Innovation Jam
Hosted by UNHCR Innovation and Georgetown University, the Humanitarian Innovation Jam (HIJ) stimulates conversation and collaboration among development practitioners, students, and scholars.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is a United Nations agency mandated to protect and support refugees at the request of a government or the UN itself and assists in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. The UNHCR has won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1954 and again in 1981.



Abbey’s UN presentation to the First Ladies of Africa highlighted the “fully solvable” problem of little and limited access to clean water in many developing countries.

After offering the First Ladies a succinct definition of the problem, Abbey (as he likes to be called) sketched a brief history of the Clean Water for Everyone organization, of which he is CEO. He spoke about its methodology of relying on “water agents” in local communities, and spoke to its success in providing access to clean water for over 25,000 people in four countries so far.

He detailed “our audacious future plans to provide access to clean water for millions in schools around the world.”

The presentation seemed to strike a chord in the attentive listeners.

“I hope I effectively convinced the First Ladies that the new generation of African youth are not just talking about the problems in Africa, but we are contributing our humble quota to impact lives in Africa and around the world,” Abbey said, summing up the experience.

“It’s my fifth week at Wagner but I am loving it already,” he added.

To read the presentation, please see:

Abbey Wemimo UN Presentation

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