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Amsterdam Water Week
Young entrepreneurs from 'Finish Society India' and 'Sidian Bank Kenya' were honoured in this year’s 'Sarphati Sanitation Awards'’, presented at the opening ceremony of Amsterdam International Water Week on 30 October 2017.
See: https://www.merit.unu.edu/unu-partners-honoured-at-amsterdam-international-water-week-2017/



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    BBC News / Science    October 27, 2017