RWSN March Headlines

2015 Early Webinar Series + Rainwater Harvesting

What is a webinar? It is an online presentation where you can hear a presenter, watch their slides and have the opportunity to ask questions. If you cannot attend the live event, a recording is usually posted online.

RWSN has started 2015 with a series of ten webinars about groundwater, self-supply approaches and equality.  Presenters from more than 15 different organisations, working in over 15 countries are sharing their practical experiences and research findings.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, and meet others with similar interests. You can register for one, or several webinars by following the link:

The webinars take place every Tuesday at 13:30 GMT (English) from 27th January to 31st March.  Six of the ten webinars will also be in French (see table below).

Please note that you will need to register for the events to be able to take part.  The process takes less than a minute.

Date Title/Subject Convener
27 Jan Radio for Rural Water Supplies

Recording (EN)Slides

3 Feb Self-supply examples from Ethiopia and Sierra Leone
Exemples éthiopiens et Sierra Léonais de techniques d’auto-approvisionnement en eau (Français)Recording (EN) | Recording (FR)Slides
World Vision-RWSN
10 Feb Manual Drilling – a global perspective of local realities
Le forage manuel – points de vue internationaux sur les réalités locales (Français)Recording (EN) | Recording (FR)Slides
17 Feb Costs and quality of Self-supply services
Coûts et la qualité des services d’auto-approvisionnement (Français)Recording (EN) | Recording (FR)Slides
World Vision-RWSN
24 Feb Groundwater Resources and Supplies in Africa

Recording (EN) | Slides

3 Mar Does the government have a role in Self-supply?
Est-ce que le gouvernement a un rôle dans l’auto-approvisionnement? (Français)Recording (EN) | Recording (FR) |  Slides
World Vision-RWSN
10 Mar Groundwater Governance

Recording (EN) |  Slides

17 Mar Gender, violence and access to WASH

Genre, violence et accès aux services EAH (Français)

24 Mar Effective procurement and contract management
Renforcer l’efficacité des processus de passation de marchés et de gestion des contrats (Français)
31 Mar Drilling supervision is no longer in fashion – the funders save; the users pay
La supervision des forages est passée de mode – les bailleurs de fonds économisent; les usagers en paient le prix (Français)

After last year’s very successful Rainwater Harvesting webinars we listened the feedback and we have come back with presentations on topics that you asked for – and we are even going to do one in Spanish especially for those interested in rural Latin America.

There will be six webinars over the next four months – 3 hosted by RWSN and 3 hosted by our friends at TheWaterChannel. To register for any or all of the sessions use this online form.

19 Feb 13:00 – 14:00 GMT


Soil Biology and Water Harvesting

Recording (EN)

12 Mar 13:00 – 14:00 GMT


Rainfed agriculture & flood based farming WaterChannel-RAIN
26 Mar 13:00 – 14:00 GMT


Water quality for drinking water purposes: (innovative) methods for purification RWSN-RAIN
26 Mar 14:30 – 15:30 GMT


Qualité de l’eau à des fins d’eau potable: méthodes (innovantes) pour la purification RWSN-RAIN
16 Apr 13:00 – 14:00 GMT


Rainwater Harvesting – Retention & Recharge on basin level WaterChannel-RAIN
30 Apr 13:00 – 14:00 BST


Financial modelling & business case development RWSN-RAIN
28 May 13:00 – 14:00 GMT


Supply chain development & private sector engagement for rainwater harvesting RWSN-RAIN
28 May 14:30 – 15:30 GMT


Desarrollo de la cadena de suministro y la participación del sector privado RWSN-RAIN

WASHTech commended in evaluation of European Research programme

The WASHTech project (2011-13) was a collaboration between a number of RWSN partners which developed the ‘Technology Applicability Framework’ (TAF) and Technology Introduction Process (TIP) guidelines to make it easier for good technologies in the WASH sector to fit the contexts where they are to be used and to help the successfully scale-up.

WASHTech was funded through the European Commission and the evaluation of the whole FP-7 Programme identified WASHTech as one of thirteen (out of 90) projects as ‘remarkable’ and praised its open, public domain products (the TAF and TIP).

“From the impact assessment part of the final project report and efforts made to ensure the availability of the tools to stakeholders through own websites and to a wider international community through the RWSN website, the impact of the innovations in the project can be considered significant. The innovations are being used as validation, monitoring and project/programme appraisal tools and are expected to help in more effective investment in new technologies, informed decision making, participatory action research to identify obstacles and opportunities for uptake and scaling up technology beyond pilot testing and in participatory development, implementation and evaluation of sustainable WASH technologies.”

Congratulations to all the teams at IRC, WaterAid, Cranfield University, KNUST, TREND, Netwas and Skat.

To find out how the TAF could help with scaling-up or evaluating technologies in your projects or services: or contact André Olschewski (andre.olschewski @

RWSN at the 2015 SDC Peer Review, Geneva – putting Gender and the Human Right
to Water at heart of what we do

We are considered one of the globally strategic networks by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), who have provided co-funding support to the RWSN Secretariat since the network was founded as the Handpump Technology Network in 1992.

RWSN was represented by Sean Furey at a 2-day event (17-18 Feb) in Geneva hosted by the Global Programme Water Initiatives (GWPI) team at SDC where there were 35 representatives from SDC the other networks and programmes who receive funding through GPWI’s WASH portfolio, including Sanitation Water for All (SWA), the Water Integrity Network (WIN), the Women for Water Partnership, Helvetas, Eawag (Sandec), WHO, cewas, WaterLex, iDE, UN Water, Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank, and may more.  Each had to present how the Human Right to Water & Sanitation and gender issues have been incorporated into how each works, followed by lively plenary discussions.

The contribution of the Executive Committee, the UN Special Rapporteur and the theme leaders (Louisa Gosling and Jane Wilbur) of Equality, Non-Discrimination & Inclusion were highlighted in making both human rights and gender the driving force across the new RWSN Strategy 2015-17. The challenge ahead of us is how to then to incorporate these issues in a practical, useful way into the other three themes.  If you would like to contribute your ideas then email to

Sustainable water resources management in Sri Lanka: present situation and way forward

Member Organisation Article by Senevirathne,  Assistant General Manger (Sociology), Sociology Section, National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB), Sri Lanka

Sustainable water resource management has become a crucial factor for the socio-economic development of Sri Lanka that faces seasonal variation and competition among water users. One of the biggest concerns for our water-based resources in future is the sustainability of the current and even future water resource allocation. It is true that making the sustainable development of our water resources is a challenge in Sri Lanka when considering the climatic changes, pressures from economic growth, the rising population, and increasing water consumption. The combination of these factors commonly results in increased water use, competition and pollution. Therefore, attention and concern must be given to collect, compile and gain knowledge from consumption, pollution and generate data of experimental value.

This RWSN Blog article describes the main aspects of what has been learned in the process of supporting sustainable water resources management. Read the full article on the RWSN Blog

If you would like to contribute an article to the RWSN blog and newsletter, or become an RWSN Member Organisation please contact the RWSN Secretariat (ruralwater

New UN Water Toolbox for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Water SDG implementation toolbox gathers existing practical guidance which could be useful for the implementation of the different targets proposed for the water related Sustainable Development Goals. The toolbox offers numerous tools developed by the different UN entities, as well as specific developments and cases of application. Visit:

Author: RWSN Secretariat

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