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Website partially down - apologies RWSN Resource Library still working

19.10.2017
An upgrade to the backend of the RWSN website has run into technical difficulties and the pages with static text are currently offline. However, the resource library is still working: http://rural-water-supply.net/en/resources

Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

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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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