Wetskills-Palestinian Territories 2022

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Wetskills-Palestinian Territories 2022

August 25 - September 6

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Wetskills for the first time to the Palestinian Territories!!

Have you always wanted to try Knafa (read: melted cheese with lots of sweet stuff)? Are you curious how those biblical landscapes look like today? Can’t you withhold yourself when Middle Eastern cuisine is served? Do you love wandering around in vibrant historic cities and between centuries-old relics? Do you want to meet people who can tell you everything about this or other cultures? And, most importantly, Are you passionate about water and want to contribute to innovate solutions on challenging water issues and keen on meeting and interacting with an international water audience?

Then you must join the Wetskills Challenge in Nablus, Westbank!

This new edition of Wetskills Challenge, the first one in the Palestinian Territories, is planned for 26 August to 6 September 2022. An-Najah University in Nablus (Water and Environmental Studies Institute, WESI) and NGate will be our local host, and the finals will be held at the OKP Water Conference, 5-6 September 2022. At this conference the teams will present their results and the winning team will be announced!

Wetskills Foundation is inviting students (Bachelor (final year), Master and PhD and Young Professionals (with up to 5 years working experience) from universities and organisations worldwide with a passion for Water, to join this unique event and apply for Wetskills-Palestinian Territories 2022.

(Photo credits: Salah Hanoun & Nynke Schaap)

``Valuing Future Water Leaders Shaking the Water-Energy-Food Cocktail with their Inclusive & Catalytic Capacity`` - Theme of 10 years Wetskills

Event info

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Deadline for registration:

Local and international participants: 1 June 2022

(After this deadline you can still apply, if positions are left.)

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Local and international participants: 1 June 2022

(After this first deadline, every week a selection of the new applications will be made untill the program is full: First Come, First Served)

Who can apply?

Any Young Professional (up to 5 years of working experience) and student (last year Bachelor, Master or PhD) from Palestinian Territories, Middle East and other countries with a passion for water-energy-food and intercultural teamwork.

How can I apply?

Prepare a motivation letter and resume, click the botton on the right, fill out the online application form and submit it.

Selection criteria

The Wetskills organization will make a final selection among applications received, based on quality of motivation & resume. The organisation will also consider a good diversity of the whole group (incl. backgrounds, local/international, gender balance, etc.).


♦ Participation fee for local and international participants is € 395,- (excl. VAT). This participation fee includes accommodation, teambuilding activities, some lunches & dinners, field trips, workshop, supervision, trainings and working venues. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (plane tickets, local travel, etcetera), meals during working days and other personal costs.
Participation fee for local applicants, with already accommodation in Nablus is 100 ILS.

Important note: Wetskills and partners arranged some vouchers for Palestinian participants to join free of charge (including accommodation in Nablus). Amongst the registrations received Wetskills Foundation and partners will select the participants for these vouchers. 

Note: During past editions participants often successfully arranged financial compensation for their Wetskills participation from their university or employer. We therefore strongly encourage applicants to inquire about funding opportunities to compensate the costs (university mobility funds, travel allowance etc.).

Joining this Wetskills Event – What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you will tackle real-life water challenges with your own team!
♦ You will increase your skills in: international cooperation; problem solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teamwork, networking and presenting (pitch & poster);
♦ You will get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals;
♦ You will exclusively be part of the Wetskills finals and awarding at the OKP Conference in Nablus;
♦ You will visit Palestinian water-related, natural and cultural sites, and meetings with water experts;
♦ You will learn, network and experience more about international and regional water challenges, the main stakeholders and organisations, contemporary issues and current business opportunities;
♦ You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

More information

Interested local candidates can contact Tasneem Yousef, tasneem.yousef@wetskills.com, and Loay Alatrash, loay.alatrash@wetskills.com.

Interested candidates (local and international) can contact Inge Muhlig, inge.muhlig@wetskills.com and Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

♦ Organisations interested to submit a case and/or join as partner can Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com and Loay Alatrash, loay.alatrash@wetskills.com.

Event Cases

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Wetskills Foundation and partners would like to welcome businesses, governments, knowledge institutes and/or NGOs to formulate one of the Challenges, and support the Wetskills programme in Palestinian Territories. More information: Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com)

Case 1: Increasing water availability

Case owner: World Waternet (WaterWorX Program)

How to create awareness on limited water availability and come up with practical solutions to save/optimize water use? Take into account the water footprint concept (theory), existing options to save/generate/harvest water (in the field) and come up with practical solutions suitable for the Palestinian context. The WaterWorX program in the Palestinian Territories is looking for feasible, out-of-the-box ideas to implement and support the overall goal of improved access to water and better human and environmental health.

Case 2: Safe water access for Hebron Hospital

Case owner: Red Cross & Red Crescent

In Palestine, public utilities are responsible for the supply of water and ensuring good water quality. However, this water supply is not continuous. Therefore, on-site storage of water is common to ensure constant water access. However, the on-site storage of water influences the water quality of the stored water. The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) is a humanitarian organization, part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. It provides hospitals, emergency medicine and ambulance services, and primary health care centers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. One of PRCSs health centers is located in Hebron. Hebron Hospital challenges a constant reliable water quality to ensure healthy services. How can the Hebron Hospital ensure a constant water quality access, which can be transparently monitored by the PRCS staff to monitor?

Case 3: BluElephant – From wastewater to infinite water

Case owner: Dutch Water Authorities / World Waternet (Blue Deal Program)

30% of the wastewater in the West Bank is collected by a sewage system. Only 35% of that wastewater is treated by wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). The majority of the wastewater is stored by cesspits or similar systems and discharged untreated in the environment. Despite the scarcity of water resources in the West Bank and the great potential to treat and reuse wastewater, there is limited local experience available. To improve access to clean and sufficient water for the Palestinian people and accelerate solving some of the most urgent water challenges an alternative small-scale decentralized and mobile WWTP is developed by a public-private partnership of Dutch organisations; the BluElephant. How to stimulate the use of treated wastewater and make the BluElephant financially sustainable?

Case 4: Reuse of wastewater from hospitals

Case owner: Red Cross & Red Crescent

Access to clean and well maintained sanitation facilities is required for proper health care. In addition, proper management of health care waste water is essential to protect public health. As waste water from health care facilities can contain high concentrations of pathogens, medicines and other chemicals, unsafe management of this waste water can impose significant risks to public health and the environment. The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) is a humanitarian organization, part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. It provides hospitals, emergency medicine and ambulance services, and primary health care centers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. One of PRCSs health centers is located in Hebron. How can the health care of the Hebron Hospital increase by better management of wastewater in safer and more sustainable way?

(Optional) Case 5: 

Case owner:

More information will be provided in a later stage.

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Inge Muhlig
Tasneem Yousef
Annelise Hermans
Frank Tibben
Johan Oost