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RWSN Newsletter/Bulletin Trimestriel February/Février 2018

07.02.2018
Find out the latest news about Rural Water Supplies.

Découvrez les dernières nouvelles sur l'approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural.

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Consultation period on the RWSN Strategy now open Période de consultation sur la stratégie RWSN maintenant ouverte

09.11.2017
The draft RWSN Strategy 2018-2013 can be downloaded here for consultation; please leave a comment below or email us at ruralwater[at]skat.ch, telling us:

> What you like about the strategy
> What could be improved
> If you, or your organisation, could contribute staff time, funding or knowledge to strengthen any of the topics or themes

The consultation on the RWSN Strategy is open to all for 6 weeks (until 22 December 2017)

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Thanks for a great World Water Week

06.09.2017
Thank you to everyone who engaged with RWSN at this year's SIWI World Water Week. A few highlights included:

RWSN shared a small stand with the Water Integrity Network, which worked out well and is part of our growing cooperation.

There was a Human Right to Water & Sanitation Speed-Dating event at the UNICEF stand, hosted by Louisa Gosling (WaterAid/ENDI) and members of the Making Rights Real team, plus UN Special Rapporteur, Léo Heller.

There was an RWSN session on “SDG6: Searching for universal sustainability metrics for rural water services” on Wednesday afternoon which was in one of the larger halls and attendance was very good and nearly filled it. The session included audience live polling, presentations by IRC (Stef Smits), World Bank (Susanna Smets), UNICEF (Angie Saleh), WaterAid - Rwanda (Ellen Greggio), Nepal (Mr. Chandra Bdr. KC) and from Brazil (Alceu Galvao). The session was chaired by RWSN Chair Kelly Ann Naylor (UNICEF) with facilitation support from Antoinette Kome (SNV), with a final sum-up and thanks by Sean (Skat). A meeting the next day helped move the topic on to inform the RWSN strategy.

Sean Furey (Skat/Sustainable Groundwater Development theme) took part in a Swiss Water Partnership session on “Groundwater : a challenge for society”, convening a discussion group on groundwater for rural water supply.

On Friday, there was the annual face-to-face RWSN Executive Steering Committee meeting, which went smoothly and included a presentation on the draft final independent evaluation of RWSN and discussion of the next RWSN strategy. More details on both soon.

Overall it was a great team effort and we welcome ideas for future face-to-face networking activities and events.

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Hon. Maria Mutagamba In Memoriam.

26.06.2017
It is with great sadness that we have heard of the passing of the Honorable Maria Mutagamba on 24 June, at the age of 64. Mrs Mutagamba was an economist and politician, who served in various posts in the Government of Uganda, most recently as Minister for Tourism. However, she is best known to RWSN members as the State Minister for Water Resources, from 2000, and then Minister for Water and Environment between 2004 and 2012. During this period she served as President, African ministers’ council on water (AMCOW), (2004–2012).

Under her leadership, the Ministry of Water & Environment became internationally recognised as leading actor in African water management issues, with a capable civil service team and an open attitude to innovation and collaboration with international partners. Annual processes of Joint Sector Reviews and Sector Performance reporting became the gold standard of improving coordination, reporting and accountability across the WASH and water resources sectors.

I had the pleasure of meeting her when she came to open the 6th RWSN Forum in 2011 – of which she was a great supporter – and then again at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille. I was struck by how humble and thoughtful she was, yet also strong and with a keen intellect. She had a particular passion for rainwater harvesting, which she saw as an opportunity that was being missed.

According to the New Vision and other news sources, she had been suffering poor health for some time and died of liver cancer. Uganda has sadly lost a great water champion.

- Sean Furey, RWSN Secretariat

Photos: Hon. Maria Mutagamba opening the 6th RWSN Forum, Kampala, 2011

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RWSN Evaluation & Strategy for 2018-2020: your participation Evaluation et Stratégie RWSN de 2018-2020: votreparticipation / Evaluación y Estrategia RWSN de 2018-2020: su participación

21.06.2017
RWSN is your network and we really want to hear from you. Over the last years, the network has experienced explosive growth in both its membership and its activities. We are currently conducting an evaluation to inform RWSN's strategy for 2018-2020 and would like to hear your thoughts.

What have you got out of RWSN? How can we make it easier for you to use the network to benefit your work in rural water supply?

We will share the RWSN online member survey in early July, and we also want to provide the space for other forms of feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to send us your thoughts as a comment to this blog in English, French or Spanish, or by email (ruralwater[at]skat.ch). We will monitor both of these platforms and will take your feedback into account. Your opinion really matters!


Chers collègues,

RWSN est votre réseau et nous aimerions vraiment vous entendre. Au cours des dernières années, le réseau a vécu une croissance explosive à la fois de ses membres et de ses activités. Nous entreprenons actuellement une évaluation pour renseigner la stratégie RWSN de 2018-2020 et aimerions avoir votre opinion.

Qu'avez-vous retiré du RWSN ? Comment pouvons-nous rendre plus facile l'utilisation du réseau pour vous pour que cela bénéficie à votre travail sur l'approvisionnement en eau potable en milieu rural ?

Nous allons partager une enquête des membres du RWSN début juillet, et nous aimerions également vous donner la place pour d'autres formes de commentaires. Vous pouvez envoyer vos suggestions sous forme de commentaire en dessous de ce blog en anglais, français ou espagnol, ou par email (ruralwater[at]skat.ch). Nous veillerons à ce que les commentaires reçus sur ces deux plateformes soient pris en compte. Vos opinions sont de grande importance pour nous.



Estimados colegas,

RWSN es su red y nos gustaría mucho contar con su apoyo. Como usted sabe, en los últimos años, la red ha experimentado un crecimiento extraordinario tanto en el número de miembroscomo en sus actividades. Actualmente, estamos llevando a cabo una evaluación para informar a la Estrategia RWSN 2018-2020 y nos gustaría saber su opinión.

En el marco de esta evaluación, nos gustaría conocer: Cuáles son los beneficios percibidos por los miembros gracias a su participación en RWSN y cómo podemos hacer que su participación en la red beneficie aún más el trabajo que se está realizando en lo que se refiere al suministro de agua en zonas rurales.

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Piers Cross - In Memoriam Former Chair of RWSN (2004-2008)

31.03.2017
We were saddened to learn that Piers Cross passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on 29 March. Piers was a central figure in the WASH sector for many decades, in many roles at WSP and advising IRC, and was a driving force behind the Sanitation and Water for All partnership.

He played a critical role in the development of RWSN, when he was Chair of the network between 2004 and 2008, by re-shaping the Handpump Technology Network (HTN) to the Rural Water Supply Network that we have today.

He leaves a great legacy and his words of wisdom and wit will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.



Kelly Ann Naylor, RWSN Chair

P.S. The Cross family will continue to monitor his email account for a few months, so please feel free to send any well wishes to this email address: piers.cross {at} gmail.com

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New 2017 RWSN Webinar series (18th April - 13th June 2017) Nouvelle série de webinaires RWSN 2017 (18 avril - 13 juin 2017) / Nueva serie de webinarios RWSN (18 de abril - 13 de junio 2017)

22.03.2017
ENG: RWSN is delighted to announce the first of the 2017 series of webinars (on-line seminars) on rural water supply, running every Tuesday from April 18th, 2017 until June 13th, 2017. This series includes 9 weekly sessions on topics, which were presented and debated during the 2016 RWSN Forum in Abidjan, and related to the RWSN themes. For instance, we will find out about local government superheroes and their role in realising the human right to water and sanitation, but also hear about emerging cross-cutting issues such as improving WASH services in protracted crises. Each session will be bilingual, with one webinar in English as well as another language (French or Spanish) as we are trying to cater for a wide and varied audience. The format includes 1-2 presentations, comments from discussants, and a Question & Answer session where all participants are invited to ask questions or make comments. For more details on the first 2017 series, please refer to the table below.
The webinars in English start at 2.30 pm Paris time/ 1.30 pm London time/ 8.30 am Washington DC time. You can check your local time here. To register for one or all of the webinars, and receive an invitation please click on the following link: http://bit.ly/2movPGM

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OSCAR CARLSSON (1928 – 2017) Inventor of the Sholapur Hand Pump dies aged 89 The Sholapur Hand Pump was the basis of the India Mark II Pump.

10.02.2017
Oscar Carlson, famed designer of the Sholapur hand pump on which the India MK II is based, died in Sweden on January 18th aged 89. Ingrid, his wife of some 60 years, a teacher and social worker, died four months earlier.

Oscar and Ingrid worked together in Sholapur, Maharashtra State, western India, for many years, under the auspices of the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden and the Hindustani Covenant Church.

Oscar Carlson was a rare being, blessed with out-of-the-box imagination and clever engineering skills that he translated into practical solutions to every day technical and social problems. The Sholapur hand pump was perhaps his greatest contribution to improving the lives of rural people, his efforts magnified many times over by the mass produced India MKII.

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Thank you to everyone for the RWSN Forum - and wish you a great start to 2017

23.12.2016
The 7th RWSN Forum explored the practicalities of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Human Right to Water in rural areas and small towns.

Discussions in all sessions centred around key issues in rural water supply including:

- Provision of adequate water services for women
- The need for increased funding for purchase of spare parts, continuous monitoring and capacity development
- Empowering communities to engage effectively with government to increase access to water and sanitation
- Sustainable rural and small town water supply and the building blocks necessary to ensure sustainable services
- Ways of strengthening local government capacity
- Supporting citizens and media to hold government accountable and put pressure for better service deliver
(Jane Nabunnya, Country Director – Uganda, IRC)

All the papers, posters, presentations and films are available to download from: https://rwsn7.net/programme/

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Countdown to the RWSN Forum: all the submissions now available online - for free 7th RWSN Forum

25.11.2016
The 7th RWSN Forum "Water for All" is a 1-in-5 year experience that is bringing nearly 500 professionals from across the world to share experience and work out how everyone can get access to safe, affordable water by 2030.

More than 100 peer-reviewed papers are now available free and online.

So find out what the latest thinking to emerge from researchers, governments, NGOS, private sector and many more.

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Gestion des eaux souterraines pour les Organismes nationaux et de Bassin Un séminaire de formation, lundi 28 Novembre 2016, • Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire)

14.11.2016
Un séminaire de formation d'une journée, portant sur la gestion des eaux souterraines ; il se tiendra le lundi 28 novembre 2016. L'essentiel du cours sera basé sur le manuel de formation publié récemment, et développé par AGW-Net et ses partenaires, disponible en Français et Anglais.

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RWSN Webinar 16.11.2016: A tool for monitoring and scaling up WASH technologies Webinar RWSN 16.11.2016: Una herramienta para monitorear y llevar a escala las tecnologías en Agua y Saneamiento

02.11.2016
From the RWSN secretariat we herewith announce the latest webinar of our mini-series 2016, which will take place on 16.11.2016. The title of the event is “A tool for Monitoring the Scaling up of Water and Sanitation Technologies (TAF – Technology Applicability Framework)”, and the session will be hold in English (2-3 PM Central European Time, please check your local time here) and in Spanish (4-5 PM Central European Time, please check your local time here). We are happy to announce the two presenters and the titles of their presentations:

- Joshua Briemberg, WaterAid, Nicaragua: TAF as a participative planning and monitoring tool
- Younes Hassib, GIZ, Germany: Scaling up sanitation solutions in Afghanistan

After the two presentations, you will have the chance to ask questions and participate in the on-line Q&A session and discussion around this topic.

To participate, please register here: http://bit.ly/2cy8Uns


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BOOK NOW - 7th RWSN Forum, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

26.09.2016
Registration


Register now to book your place at the Forum. Places are limited and going fast: https://rwsn7.net/participate/register/

Exhibition

We are now taking bookings for exhibition stands. Three sizes are available, starting at €2,300. If you have already registered your interest you will been contacted separately with details. Spaces are strictly limited by the space available so bookings will be first-come-first served. Gold Sponsorship of the Forum includes a medium sized stand (3m x 3m): https://rwsn7.net/participate/exhibition/

We still have some Sponsored Seminar slots for Friday 2nd December. If you are interested, contact Meleesa Naughton (meleesa.naughton@skat.ch )

Event Sponsors
We are very grateful to the event sponsors whose support is making this Forum possible:
GOLD
African Development Bank
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC)
WaterAid
The World Bank Group

SILVER
ICEX Spain Export and Investments
Skat Consulting Ltd.
USAID

BRONZE
Ajay Industrial Corporation Ltd.
Caritas Switzerland
Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
IRC
UPGro – Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor
Water4

If your organisation or project would be interested in becoming an event sponsor, it is a great way to contribute to the capacity building of rural water professionals and to boost the profile of your organisation, then please contact Kerstin Danert (Kerstin.danert@skat.ch).

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Tragic loss of Ton Schouten, RWSN Chair, mentor, friend

24.05.2016
Ton passed away at the weekend. It is a tragic loss of a great friend and mentor. Our condolences go to his family and all his colleagues at IRC.

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7th RWSN Forum "Water for Everyone" // 7ème Forum RWSN "L’eau pour tous" 29 Nov-1 Dec : Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

15.02.2016
Today we announce the RWSN Forum which is planned for Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire from the 29th November to 1st December, plus 2nd December for field trips and sponsored seminars. The event will comprise plenary and parallel sessions of presentations and interactive workshops as well as presentation of posters, photographs, cartoons and films. The event will be in English and French (and possibly Spanish, subject to demand).

With the title, Water for Everyone, the Forum will explore how we are going to reach Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in rural areas and small towns? What has worked well in the past? What needs to be done differently in the future? Come and share your experiences of success and failure and learn from others. RWSN Forums have a unique character, with an emphasis on learning and sharing, and a practical rather than political focus. The participants are mainly rural water supply professionals and practitioners. Where political leaders participate, they are encouraged to engage in the sessions and exhibition as equals with the other participants. You can find out more from the Forum Website.
Why attend?
The RWSN Forum is the only global event dedicated to rural water supply and the content and the discussions are driven by you. Come and present your work in a way that suits you – a paper, a poster, a film, a picture or photo, an exhibition stand or sponsored seminar with your own content. The peer-review process also ensures that the best content is presented and that authors with good experiences and ideas are provided the support that they need. We are particularly interested in practical experiences from an operational level. For example, one of the prizes for best paper at the 6th Forum went to Mr Edgar Phiri, a District Water Officer from Malawi.
The success of 7th RWSN Forum depends on you. The Open Call for Submissions deadline is April 30th, 2016. Forum discussions will be based on submissions for long and short papers, posters, illustrations and short films, entered around the following themes:
• Sustainable Rural Water and Small Town Water Supplies;
• Equality, non-discrimination and inclusion;
• Sustainable Groundwater Development;
• Accelerating Self Supply;
• Mapping and Monitoring;
• Rural Water Supplies in the Humanitarian – Development Context;
The event brings together professionals from all types of organisations and at all levels, from entrepreneurs and service providers to government ministers to university professors. We bring the latest in research, practice and policy together to catalyse new partnerships and reinvigorate existing ones. Normally, RWSN’s activities are online and through publications, but we realise that nothing beats face-to-face interactions and networking. You can find the delegate list from last time on the 6th RWSN Forum website.

If you would like to attend, please register on: http://rwsn7.net/participate/register/. The early bird registration fee (for all participants) is €500 (up to June 30th, 2016).
The philosophy of the Forum is to:
• be inclusive of different perspectives;
• build capacity by raising the quality of the submissions and improving communication skills within the rural water sector;
• share knowledge and experience on rural water issues among equals
• bring the realities of the field to the attention of decision-makers and funding agencies
• catalyze vibrant South-South exchanges and networking
• be accessible to French and English speakers. For the first time presentations in Spanish will be accepted, and translation/ interpretation will be offered at the Forum if there is sufficient demand and funding.
The RWSN Forum is the foremost global event on rural water services and takes place every 5 years. We anticipate 650 participants from all over the world at the 2016 event which is in English and French.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Warm wishes,
Kerstin Danert, Sean Furey, Meleesa Naughton and Victor Bas Martinez

on behalf of the RWSN Forum International Task Force comprising representatives from
Skat Foundation, SDC, UNICEF, World Bank, WaterAid, IRC and the African Development Bank

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Get writing! Call for papers for the 39th WEDC WASH Conference, Ghana 11-15 July 2016, Co-hosted with KNUST, in Kumasi Ghana

02.11.2015
The WEDC International Conference is a comprehensive and interactive learning event, which provides continued professional development for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector professionals.

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Conference Updates - WEDC & Stockholm Actualités de la Semaine Mondiale de l’Eau à Stockholm et de la conference WEDC

06.10.2015
At the 36th WEDC Conference, in Loughborough, UK, the lead from RWSN was taken by Andrew Armstrong (Water Missions International) who organised two side events:

“I want to thank you all for the opportunity to collaborate on these events and for your support (particularly from André Olschewski) during their development. I felt that the solar pumping workshop was especially valuable to the participants and WEDC, and have received much positive feedback. I have even received a request from one of the workshop participants to co-organize a solar pumping workshop in Zimbabwe.”

Andrew has prepared a synthesis report on both sessions, which you can download the from the RWSN website:
- Elements of Sustainable Solar Water Pumping System Design
- Managing Cash Reserves for Capital Maintenance Expenses

Thanks to Andrew, André, Richard Carter for organising and facilitating these workshops, and to the speakers: Kwabena Nyarko (KNUST), Paul Hutchings, (Cranfield University) and Jim Gibson (Maluti GSM Consulting)

Your can find many useful papers and abstracts from this year’s WEDC conference on their website
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World Water Week in Stockholm update
This year, we decided to take the plunge and have a stand at the World Water Week in Stockholm. This was made possible thanks to funding and support from the UPGro (Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor) programme and from UNICEF, through the RWSN collaboration on professionalising water well drilling. Unsurprisingly then, the dominant theme for the stand was groundwater. However, we designed the stand in such a way as to be a networking and presentation space.

Throughout the week we hosted a number of mini-presentations from Prof. Richard Carter (Richard Carter & Associates), Dr Jenny Grönwall (SIWI), Susan Davis (Improve International) [watch her film], Fabio Fussi (University of Milano Biococca), Maria Bestemann (Basic Water Needs), André Mergenthaler and Craig Williams (Water Missions International) [watch their film] ,Virgina Roaf and Hannah Neumeyer (WASH United). Sadly, we couldn’t always guarantee the audience as there was a lot going on, but the people that came were really engaged and there is a lot of potential for interesting collaborations in the future.

Over the course of the week we met several hundred RWSN members – and recruited many new ones (welcome!). We learned so much from colleagues from Zambia, Jordan, Argentina, Cambodia, Lebanon, India, Nigeria, Ghana and many other diverse places and organisations – a huge thanks to everyone!

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2015 Member Survey – thank you! Sondage des membres 2015 – merci!

06.10.2015
Thank you to everyone that took part in the 2015 RWSN Member Survey. Responses were received in three languages, from 70 countries and from across government, NGOs, academia, the private sector and development partners. From it, we have a much better idea of who you are, what problems you are facing and how well (or not) we are doing. There were many great examples of how information, publications, films and webinars have been used to improve the quality of rural water supply training, consulting and implementation.

The number one challenge being faced by members is the sustainability of rural water services, in all its diverse forms, from maintaining the physical quality and quantity of water supplied to the challenges around financing, management and regulation.

We got 279 ideas! We can’t respond to all them individually, but we are taking them seriously and generally the feedback focused on extending what the network already does – Expanding member engagement and outreach to others; Advice & support for funding / fundraising; More training; Expanding thematic content & scope; Expanding Geographic Scope; Provide information in more languages; More publications and to Update manuals.

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Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

06.10.2015
The Millennium Development Goals are yesterday’s news – for better or worse. At the Sustainable Development Summit at the end of September, the new Sustainable Development Goals were agreed. For Goal 6 on water sanitation there are the following targets:

- By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
- By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
- By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
- By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
- By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
- By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
- By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies
- Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Details on all the goals can be found at: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment

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RWSN at Stockholm World Water Week

20.08.2015
RWSN and UPGro will have stand and networking area at this year's Stockholm World Water Week (23-29 August). If you are there, please come along and join in the conversation as we ask the question - what do the Sustainable Development Goals mean for groundwater use and management in Africa?

You can meet a number of the UPGro researchers and also find out how their research can benefit your work. Also on the stand we will have a number of facilitated discussions and resources on a range of rural water supply and groundwater topics - not least the Cost Effective Boreholes collaboration between Unicef, WaterAid and Skat to professionalise water well drilling.

You can find us at stand B9 , which we also highlights the activities of other RWSN and UPGro partners.

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