What is a ‘webinar’?

The term ‘webinar’ comes from ‘seminar’ and ‘world wide web’, so refers to an online meeting or seminar where participants can hear a presenter give a talk and see the presenter’s slides (usually Microsoft PowerPoint).

Our webinars usually have a facilitator who introduces the speakers. Sometimes there will be a discussant – someone who is invited to their reaction to what has just been presented. We also try and leave enough time at the end for a question and answer session, where participants can type their questions into the chat box.

Why are some webinars only in English?

We have limited time and funding and bi-lingual webinars require substantially more preparation and staffing.

Are you planning to have webinars in more languages?

Currently, RWSN is striving to be a fully bi-lingual network (English-French) to encourage sharing between practitioners in Anglophone and Francophone countries. Some webinars and documents are also available in Spanish.  We would love to include other languages at some point, but the cost and complexity is beyond our means right now.

Do I need to register for each webinar?

Yes. Instructions on how to register will be given in the email announcement sent to the RWSN dgroup community (www.dgroups.org/rwsn) and in other online announcements. 

You need to register in advance of the webinar so that you are sent the correct joining instructions – every webinar has its own unique code.

What do I need to join a webinar?

You will need:

  • „A computer (PC or Apple Mac) or Smart Phone / Tablet
  • „An Internet connection – preferably fast broadband
  • „We currently use Cisco Webex, and you will need a browser plug-in, which is installed when you join a meeting or the Webex app for your mobile device
  • „A computer headset for audio (computer speakers are not recommended, unless you are sharing your computer with more than one person during the webinar)

If the internet connection is slow then you have a telephone next to your computer that you can use at the same time.

Where to find recordings of past webinars

All our webinars are recorded and posted on the RWSN Vimeo channel [English] and [French]

Presentation files can be downloaded from the library on this website:



Related Resources

Gender and rural water services – lessons from RWSN members Summary of RWSN E-discussion on how women’s engagement in Water User Committees impact on its performance and system functionality (2016) and RWSN Webinars: Making Water Work for Women, Sharing Inspiring Experiences (May 2017)

Gender relations are critical to nearly every aspect of rural water supply, but rarely addressed in practice by rural water professionals. All water supply programmes affect men and women in different ways, and while practitioners assume their work will benefit women, how do they know whether it will or not, how do they know what impact it will have?

In 2016 RWSN’s Mapping and Monitoring Theme members had an impromptu and rich e-discussion on gender equality and WASH. In early 2017, RWSN’s Equality, Non Discrimination and Inclusion (ENDI) Theme launched a call to their members for examples of inspiring experiences of ‘Making Water Work for Women’. Both discussions have been rich with experiences from across Asia, Africa and Latin America, and reinforcing of each other. We have put together a short brief highlighting the key points from these discussions:

- The nature of female participation within water committees should be discussed in terms of quality as well as quantity. If women’s roles do not offer any opportunity to influence committee decisions and outcomes, their participation is largely tokenistic. Qualitative indicators can help to show whether women’s participation is tokenistic, or active and meaningful.
- High-level government commitment to minimum quotas for women’s participation was seen as a crucial prerequisite to creating the space for the inclusion of women and the ability to demand it.
- Where women were more influential on Water User Committees, it was strongly attributed to the special efforts of implementing organisations who worked on mobilising women and increasing their confidence and awareness about the work involved, and sensitising men equally to create space for women’s involvement in the committees, as the example in India shows.
- By working closely with women and men together it is possible to challenge gender norms amongst women and men in rural communities, so that they begin to share unpaid work associated with WASH more equally, as the example in Ethiopia shows.
- Identifying the agents of change (women and men) from the community who are motivated and determined to advocate for water and sanitation can nurture lifelong advocates, as illustrated by the experience from Bangladesh.
- Disaggregating monitoring indices by gender can help to raise gender equality as a priority, and set specific expectations about the participation of women in different aspects of service provision.
- Conflict-sensitive approaches to water and sanitation can help to facilitate peace building by creating a platform for women around a common need, as in the example from India. | »

2017 RWSN Webinar late mini-series (9 - 16 November 2017) Mini-série de webinaires RWSN 2017 (9 - 16 novembre 2017) / Mini-serie de webinarios RWSN (9 - 16 de noviembre 2017)


Thursday 9th November, 2017: Making RWSN work for rural water professionals: results from the RWSN evaluation and new strategy 2018-2023 [ENG, 2.30 pm CET/ 1.30 pm GMT/ 8.30 am EDT]
Tuesday, 14th November, 2017: “Grown up” finance for rural water? [ENG, 2.30 pm CET/ 1.30 pm GMT/ 8.30 am EDT]
Thursday, 16th November, 2017: A Dollar per year keeps rural water services here? The costs of direct support. [ENG, 2.30 pm CET/ 1.30 pm GMT/ 8.30 am EDT]

Jeudi 9 novembre 2017: faire fonctionner RWSN pour les professionnels du secteur de l’eau rurale: résultats de l’évaluation RWSN et de la nouvelle stratégie 2018-2023 [FR, 11h00 CET/ 10h00 GMT]
Mardi 14 novembre 2017: De la finance “comme les grands” pour l’eau rurale? [FR, 11h00 CET/ 10h00 GMT]

Martes, 14 de noviembre 2017: Cuánto cuesta el apoyo directo a los servicios rurales de agua? [ESP, 16h30 CET/ 10h30 EDT]

ENG: This mini-series will address issues around financing rural water supply services, but also on how to make RWSN work better for you as part of a new strategy for the network. 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 webinars in English start at 2.30 pm Paris time/ 1.30 pm London time/ 8.30 am Washington DC time:

Thursday 9th November, 2017: Making RWSN work for rural water professionals: results from the RWSN evaluation and the new strategy 2018-2023. Back in June, we announced that RWSN was conducting an external evaluation of the network to inform the development of its new 2018-2023 strategy. Many RWSN members have contributed to the evaluation as well as the process of developing the new strategy. We would like to thank you for your inputs, and take a moment to present the results of the external evaluation and the first draft of the new strategy. This webinar will open a consultation phase of 6 weeks, during which all RWSN members and partners may submit their comments on the draft strategy as a comment to our blog or by email (ruralwater[at]skat.ch).

Tuesday, 14th November, 2017: “Grown up” finance for rural water? We all agree that there is a need for more money in order ensure sustainable rural water service provision and to reach SDG 6.1. To give an idea of the scale of the challenge: (i) Reaching SDG 6 targets 1 and 2 only requires an estimated 114 billion US$/year for capital investments – three times what is currently spent. (ii) Capital maintenance of existing water services is estimated to cost around 1.5 times the amount needed for capital investments and (iii) the amount needed for direct support of rural WASH services is at an absolute minimum 1 US$ per person per year. But where will this money come from? Join us to explore “grown up” financing for rural water and the financial bankability of rural water services.

Thursday, 16th November, 2017: A Dollar per year keeps rural water services here? The costs of direct support. Rural water service providers, regardless of whether they are community-based organisations, small public utilities or private entrepreneurs, need direct support and supervision in order to provide good quality water services. Local government commonly plays an important role in providing such direct support services. But what do these direct support services cost? Join us to explore and discuss the costs of direct support to rural water services.

FR: Le RWSN a le plaisir de vous annoncer une nouvelle mini-série de webinaires en 2017 (les séminaires en ligne). Cette mini-série comprend plusieurs sessions sur le financement des services d’eau rurale, mais également sur la façon dont RWSN peut mieux fonctionner pour votre développement professionnel, à travers la nouvelle stratégie du réseau. Chaque session sera bilingue, avec un webinaire en anglais et dans une autre langue (espagnol ou français) selon le sujet, nous souhaitons en effet toujours toucher le public le plus large dans toute sa diversité ! Les webinaires en français sont à 11h heure de Paris/ 10h heure de Dakar:

Jeudi 9 novembre 2017: Faire fonctionner RWSN pour les professionnels du secteur de l’eau rurale: résultats de l’évaluation RWSN et la nouvelle stratégie 2018-2023. En juin, nous avons annoncé que RWSN avait commandité une évaluation externe du réseau pour renseigner le développement de sa nouvelle stratégie 2018-2023. De nombreux membres de RWSN ont contribué à l’évaluation ainsi que le processus de développement de la nouvelle stratégie. Nous aimerions prendre un moment pour présenter les résultats de l’évaluation externe et une version préliminaire de la nouvelle stratégie. Ce wébinaire ouvrira une période de consultation de 6 semaines, pendant lesquelles les membres et partenaires de RWSN pourront soumettre leurs commentaires sur la stratégie par email ou ici: https://rwsn.blog/2017/11/08/strategy-consultation/

Mardi 14 novembre 2017: De la finance “comme les grands” pour l’eau rurale? Nous sommes tous d’accord: nous avons besoin de plus d’argent pour assurer un approvisionnement durable en eau rurale et atteindre l’ODD 6.1. Pour vous donner une idée de la taille du défi: (i) Les ODD 6 cibles 1 et 2 requièrent un montant estimé à 114 milliards de US$/an d’investissement capital – trois fois plus que ce qui est dépensé actuellement (ii) On estime que la maintenance des services d’eau existants coûte près de 1,5 fois le montant nécessaires pour les investissement du capital et (iii) le montant nécessaire pour le soutien direct des services EAH est au strict minimum 1 US$ par personne par an. Mais où va-t-on trouver cet argent? Rejoignez-nous pour explorer la finance “comme les grands” de l’eau rurale et la viabilité financière des services d’eau rurale.

ESP: Desde el secretariado del RWSN tenemos el gusto de anunciar une nueva mini-serie de webinars (seminarios en linea). Esta serie comprende sesiones respecto al tema del financiamiento de los servicios de agua, asi que de la manera con la que el RWSN podria apoyar a su capacitación profesional, a traves de la nueva estrategia de la red. Cada sesión se implementará en dos idiomas, con una sesión en inglés y la otra o en francés o en español según el tema – de esta forma esperamos poder alcanzar a un público amplio y diverso. Los webinars en español empiezan a la 16.30 (hora de Madrid)/ 09.30 (hora de Honduras). Se pueden verificar los horarios para su localidad aqui.

Martes, 14 de noviembre 2017: Cuánto cuesta el apoyo directo a los servicios rurales de agua?
Los proveedores rurales de servicios de agua, independientemente de si se trata de organizaciones comunitarias, pequeños servicios públicos o empresarios privados, necesitan apoyo y supervisión directos para proporcionar servicios de agua de buena calidad. El gobierno local comúnmente juega un papel importante en la provisión de tales servicios de apoyo directo. ¿Pero cuánto cuestan estos servicios de soporte directo? Únase a nosotros para explorar y analizar los costos del apoyo directo a los servicios de agua rural. | »

2017 RWSN Webinar early series (18th April - 13th June 2017) Série de webinaires RWSN 2017 (18 avril - 13 juin 2017) / Nueva serie de webinarios RWSN (18 de abril - 13 de junio 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.

FR: Le RWSN a le plaisir de vous annoncer une nouvelle série de webinaires en 2017 (les séminaires en ligne) qui auront lieu les mardis, du 18 avril 2017 au 13 juin 2017. Cette série comprend 9 sessions hebdomadaires sur des sujets ayant été présentés et débattus lors du RWSN Forum à Abidjan en 2016, et correspondant aux thèmes RWSN.

ES: Desde el secretariado del RWSN tenemos el gusto de anunciar la nueva serie de webinars (seminarios en linea), la cual se efectuará entre el 28 de abril y el 13 de junio del 2017. Esta serie comprende 9 sesiones (una sesión por semana) respecto a los temas discutidos en el Foro RWSN en Abidjan en 2016, los cuales corresponden con los ejes temáticos del RWSN. | »

Wider Asia and Pacific Regional Learning Event on Service Delivery Approach to Rural Water Supply Presentations

The RWSN Asia-Pacific Learning event was held in Bangkok, hosted by The World Bank, SNV and WaterAid Australia. 57 delegates from 14 governments attended to share knowledge and expertise on rural water services. | »

Human rights to water and Self-Supply – Potential and challenges RWSN webinar on 24th November 2015 – Key messages and generic findings

Summary of generic messages:
1. The Human Right to water does not favour or exclude any management model for provision of safe water to all. The important objective is that eventually all people have universal access, that core principles are adhered to and that there is no difference in quality and access no matter which supply approach is used.
2. Self-supply is aligned and compatible with the concept of progressive realisation of the Human Right to Water.
3. Government’s role in Self-supply is to identify where and when Self-supply is an appropriate option to provide access to safe water. Additionally government should provide technical support, monitoring, financial support (e.g. subsidies), establish an enabling environment and recognize Self-supply as one viable option to achieving the Human Right to Water.
4. In Self-supply, like in other approaches, challenges might occur around affordability, water quality, monitoring, and long term sustainability. The Government must support people moving up the water ladder but also take preventive measures to avoid negative impacts from Self-supply.
5. To further scale up Self-supply subsidies might be an adequate means to allow poor people to move up the water ladder in incremental steps. Subsidies need to be designed and provided in a smart way, without distortion of the local economy. If subsidies are provided there is need to find sustainable funding sources.
6. As Self-supply will not be an option in all regions, and because the cost of using the community managed approach alone will be far too high, a blended approach using boreholes, piped schemes and Self-supply sources (using different technologies) might be the best way to go for achieving universal access in rural areas. | »

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