IDB and FEMSA Foundation launch water, sanitation and waste management innovation awards

The IDB-FEMSA Awards offer four prizes of US$10,000 and US$5,000 to innovative solutions to the problems of access to drinking water, sanitary services, and final disposal of solid waste in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Creating innovative solutions to provide drinking water, build or improve existing sanitation networks, and manage solid waste in a sustainable way is paramount for improving the lives of millions of people in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The ninth edition of the IDB-FEMSA Awards today opened a call to all innovators in the region. The Award seeks to provide an incentive to startups, products or initiatives that are already impacting in a positive manner the water and sanitation sector, in order to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in a vital sector for the region.

In this edition, there will be four winning categories. The Inter-American Development Bank and the FEMSA Foundation will award a first prize of US$10,000 and a second prize of US$5,000 to initiatives located in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Argentine Undersecretary for Water Resources Management and the Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos (AySA) public company will give an additional first prize of US$10,000 and a second prize of US$5,000 to initiatives developed in Argentina.

The call is open from July 12 to Sept. 12, 2017. Organizations willing to participate may find more information and fill out their registration forms on the official site of the award, in Spanish or English.

The jury will select eight finalists, who will have a chance to compete for the final prize and present their solutions to an audience of experts and sector leaders. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony to be held Nov. 13, 2017 in Buenos Aires during the International Water Association (IWA) Congress.

In previous editions, the IDB-FEMSA Award handed out prizes to initiatives such as AGUA PARA LA VIDA (Water for Life) for its project NeatWork –a software tool for water projects in poor rural communities of Nicaragua– and its training program for rural systems management. Another former winner, AKVO, was recognized for its development of innovative and sustainable digital technology applications and tools that have helped improve water and sanitation management in rural areas of our region.

For more information on the IDB-FEMSA Award, please visit the official website of the call in Spanish and English.

About the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

For more information on our water, sanitation and solid waste activities: and @BIDagua.

About FEMSA Foundation

The FEMSA Foundation is a social investment vehicle that supports corporate sustainability in its social and environmental dimensions. Through its WATER initiative, the Foundation funds projects that foster the conservation of water resources and promote their adequate use as well as sanitation and hygiene practices, not only for the present but also for future generations. It is divided into three programs: Watershed Conservation, Water and Sanitation, and Capacity Building and Applied Research. In addition, its early childhood development area supports projects that aim to help children between 0-5 years of age, in particular those in a situation of social vulnerability, reach their maximum development potential and transform their communities.

More information at, @FundacionFEMSA and

This 2017 edition of the IDB-FEMSA Award has the support of:

Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos (AySA)

Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos (AySA) is the concession-holder of the drinking water and wastewater sanitation services for Buenos Aires City and the first suburban belt of the metropolitan area, a strategic region in Argentina and one of the most densely populated in the continent. The company size in terms of area covered (2,700 km2), population (13 million), processes, resources and infrastructure makes it a national and regional reference and also one of the largest drinking water and sanitation services providers in the world.

Argentine Undersecretary for Water Resources Management (SSRH)

The Undersecretary for Water Resources Management of the Interior, Public Works and Housing Ministry oversees the design and execution of the national water policy and the supply of drinking water and sanitation services. It also designs the water resources’ regulatory framework and coordinates the work of different jurisdictions and institutions involved in the provision and enhancement of water and sanitation services. In addition, the SSRH evaluates the country’s water resources through information networks and systems and helps prepare the water chapter of the national and international climate change agendas. Furthermore, it monitors the activity of watershed management agencies and designs, coordinates and implements the National Water Plan, consisting of four areas: water and sanitation, adaptation to extreme climate events, water for industrial production, and multipurpose usage.