RWSN Member and Member Organisation news, jobs, surveys & requests of for help
Please note that RWSN Secretariat passes on requests for help community organisations and local NGOs in good faith but we don’t have to do thorough background checks. It is our intention is that the valid grassroots organisations can be connected with RWSN members from implementation or donor organisations that can help.
Hope for the Needy is a Non-governmental organization located at Parkoso in the Asokore Mampong Municipality in the Ashanti Region of Ghana West Africa. The foundation is dedicated to the total welfare, healthy growth and development of the vulnerable in both rural and urban areas. Hope For The Needy is looking for support to install borehole water supplies to help them reach out to the needy people at the deprived areas where there are is no accessible, safe water source. They have identified the villages of Akokaso, Adebra, Emabeng, Nkokboem, Nnama, Atwemabeng, and Wonoo village as having no boreholes. If you are able to assist, please contact Muftawu Mohammed (CEO): hopefortheneedy765 @yahoo.com
Venue: Abuja International Conference Centre
Date: 18-21 October 2015
Topic: Challenges of Africa Water Sector meeting Sustainable Development Goals
Organiser: Association of Waterwell Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP)
e.mail: awdrop @yahoo.org
The award was announced in Vevey, Switzerland on November 10th 2014. Three organisations were selected from 759 entries from 93 countries. MSABI was recognized for their innovative Pump for Life micro-insurance maintenance business model. For more information visit the MSABI website www.msabi.org.
In the run-up to the planned 7th RWSN Forum in late 2016, we are looking to organise more RWSN “Writing for WASH” courses. The format is flexible and can be run over 2 or 3 days. Since 2012, Skat and WaterAid have run courses in London, Kampala, Dar Es Salaam, Monrovia, Madagascar, Bangladesh and Kiev. We are looking for host organisations, so if you would be interested in developing the writing and presentation skills of your staff or partners then please contact the RWSN Secretariat (sean.furey @ skat.ch)
7th RWSN Forum, late 2016
In the January meeting of the RWSN Executive Committee, it was agreed to proceed with organising a 7th RWSN Forum for late 2016. The location is likely to be Francophone West Africa, but details are being developed by task group over the coming months in collaboration with country partners. More details will announced later in 2015.
If any organisation would be interested being a sponsor for the event, please contact the RWSN Secretariat (kerstin.danert @skat.ch).
Stockholm World Water Week, 23-29 August 2015
RWSN is planning to have an exhibition stand at this year’s Stockholm WWW to promote the importance of achieving universal rural access to water in the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals. More details will be shared in the next newsletter.
WEDC Conference 2015
The 38th WEDC International Conference will be held on 27–31 July 2015, Loughborough University, UK. The deadline for abstracts has now passed, but registration details will be posted soon. RWSN is likely to have a strong presence at the event again this year.
MUS Group: Save the date – 30/31st March 2015
The Multiple Use of water Services (MUS) Group will be holding its next meeting on 30/31st March 2015. Full details will be circulated via the MUS Dgroup community shortly. Please join the group if you are interested in how to meet rural user needs for domestic and agricultural water.
UNC Water & Health Conference, 26-30th October, 2015
UNC are accepting abstracts and side event proposals for the 2015 Water & Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy. The deadline for proposal submissions is April 24. Abstracts and side event proposals should relate to one of this year’s themes:
- WaSH for the future: SDGs, innovation, resources, integration, and urbanization
- Hygiene and behavior
- WaSH in emergencies and outbreaks
- Learning from practice: MEL, action research, case studies
- Water supply and quality
- Sanitation: Protecting households, communities, and environment
- 15-18 Mar: Sustainable Water Management, USA
- 22 Mar: World Water Day, Global
- 23–27 Mar: Latin America Water Week, Valparaiso, Chile
- 27-29 May: INDOWATER 2015, Indonesia
- 12–17 Apr: 7th World Water Forum, Korea
- 17-19 Apr: 2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF, USA
- 25-29 May: World Water Congress XV, UK
- 1-12 Jun: Symposium on Rainwater Harvesting, Ethiopia
- 27-31 Jul: WEDC Conference, UK
- 17-19 Aug: Water Resources Dialogue: ChinAfrica Series No.3, South Africa
- 23-28 Aug: Stockholm World Water Week, Sweden
- 13-18 Sep: IAH Congress, Italy
- 21-23 Sep: University of Oklahoma International Water Conference, USA
- 19-22 Oct: IWA Development Congress & Exhibition, Jordan
- 26-30 Oct: Water & Health Conference, USA
- 2-6 Nov: Amsterdam International Water Week, Netherlands
- tbc Jan: Arab Water Week 2015, Jordan
- tbc Jan: India Water Week, India
- tbc Jan: 2016 Zaragoza UN Water Conference, Spain
- late 2016: 7th RWSN Forum
Events in Red are those where RWSN is likely to be represented by one or more RWSN Executive Steering Committee partners. More details will be provided in upcoming newsletters and Dgroups announcements.
RWSN in numbers
RWSN membership has reached 6,925 people from 142 countries LinkedIn group membership is up to 2,014 and we even have 206 likes on the RWSN Facebook page. At the beginning of 2012 there were around 1,500 members, so thank you to all for your continued support and commitment to improving rural water supply services.
Recent RWSN/UPGro blog posts:
- What is the big deal about manual drilling anyway? (Dr Kerstin Danert, Skat Foundation)
- Handpump standardisation in sub-Saharan Africa: Seeking a champion (Jess MacArthur, iDE Bangladesh)
- Addressing arsenic and fluoride in drinking water – Geogenic Contamination Handbook (Dr Annette Johnson and Anja Bretzler, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Eawag)
- “When wells run dry” in Nature (Professor Richard Taylor, University College, London)
- A tale of two cities: How can we provide safe water for poor people living in African cities? Dr Dan Lapworth, Dr Jim Wright and Dr Steve Pedley (British Geological Survey, University of Southampton, University of Surrey)
- UPGro invited by UNICEF to present at the UN Zaragoza Conference
Development Banks & UN Organisations
- [WHO] Preventing diarrhoea through better water, sanitation and hygiene: exposures and impacts in low- and middle-income countries
- [World Bank] The Small Entrepreneur in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations.
NGOs, Networks and others
- L’action extérieure des collectivités territoriales pour l’eau et l’assainissement, C. Noblot pS-Eau
- Être solidaire pour l’accès à l’eau et à l’assainissement, pS-Eau
Bi-lateral Development Partners
- The HydroOffice software package focus to the field of hydrology, hydrogeology, meteorology and environmental engineering. Most of the tools are distributed as freeware and only a selected are charged. However, the user can use only free or demo tools without any restrictions.
- The Water Project Toolkit application (WPT App) provides guidance and information on best practices for implementing water and sanitation projects in the developing world. The WPT App gives access to the analytical tools necessary to evaluate the specific context, issues and needs in your project area, as well as operational checklists to guide you throughout the project lifecycle.
- for Android -requires Android 2.3.3 and up: http://https/play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.atos.aqua&hl=en
- for IOS -compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch : https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/water-project-toolkit/id949848391?mt=8
Academic & Journals
Note that access to many papers is restricted and has to be purchased. Some are open access so that articles are free to download:
- [OPEN ACCESS] “Assessment of Factors Affecting Sustainability of Rural Water Supply Schemes in Nyandarua County, Kenya: A Case of Kangui Water Scheme”, Kibuika F. Mwnagi, Wanyoike Daniel, International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
- [OPEN ACCESS] “Shaping the contours of groundwater governance in India” Kulkarnia, M. Shah, P.S. Vijay Shankar, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, doi:10.1016/j.ejrh.2014.11.004
- [OPEN ACCESS] “A high-resolution global-scale groundwater model”, de Graaf, I. E. M et al(2015).: Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 823-837, doi:10.5194/hess-19-823-2015, 2015.
- [OPEN ACCESS] Understanding the political in groundwater management: Comparing Yemen and Ethiopia, van Steenbergen, A. Kumsa and N. Al-Awlaki, Water Alternatives 8(1): 774-799
- [OPEN ACCESS] A case of groundwater depletion in Balochistan, Pakistan: Enter into the void, F. van Steenbergen et al (2015) Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, doi:10.1016/j.ejrh.2014.11.003
- [OPEN ACCESS] Estimates of global dew collection potential on artificial surfaces, H. Vuollekoski et al.: (2015), Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 601–613, 2015
- [OPEN ACCESS] “Inequality or injustice in water use for food?” J A Carr et al(2015) Res. Lett. 10 024013 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/2/024013
- [OPEN ACCESS] Menstrual Hygiene Management – Special Issue, Waterlines, Volume 34, Number 1 / January 2015
- [OPEN ACCESS] Reimagining the past – use of counterfactual trajectories in socio-hydrological modelling: the case of Chennai, India, Srinivasan, V.: Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 785-801, doi:10.5194/hess-19-785-2015, 2015.
- [OPEN ACCESS] Dimensions in rural water coverage and access in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, J. Atser, P. U. Udoh, African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Vol.9(1), pp. 29-37 , January 2015, DOI: 10.5897/AJEST2014.1805
- [OPEN ACCESS] “Living Institutions: Sharing and Sanctioning Water among Pastoralists in Namibia”, M. Schnegg, T. Linke, World Development Volume 68, April 2015, Pages 205–214
- [PAYWALL] “Problems of rural drinking water supply management in Central Kyrgyzstan: a case study from Kara-Suu village, Naryn Oblast”, K. Tilman Rost, G. Ratfelder, O. Topbaev, Environmental Earth Sciences January 2015, Volume 73, Issue 2, pp 863-872
- [PAYWALL] “Solving Rural Water Exclusion: Challenges and Limits to Co-Management in Costa Rica” B. Dobbin.a & B. Sarathy, Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2014.948245
- Ayele Almaw Fenta et al(2015), Spatial analysis of groundwater potential using remote sensing and GIS-based multi-criteria evaluation in Raya Valley, northern Ethiopia Hydrogeology Journal, Volume 23, Issue 1 , pp 195-206
- [PAYWALL] I. A. Soppeet al(2015) Critical parameters in the production of ceramic pot filters for household water treatment in developing countries, Journal of Water and Health, Uncorrected Proof, doi:10.2166/wh.2014.090
- [PAYWALL] Georgia L. Kayser, et al(2015) “Drinking water quality governance: A comparative case study of Brazil, Ecuador, and Malawi”, Environmental Science & Policy, Volume 48, April 2015, Pages 186–195
- [PAYWALL] Natalie Suckall, et al(2015) “Presenting Triple-Wins? Assessing Projects That Deliver Adaptation, Mitigation and Development Co-benefits in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa” AMBIO, February 2015, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 34-41
- [PAYWALL] Hashemi, M. Han and T. Kim Identification of urine scale problems in urinals and the solution using rainwater, Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development In Press, Uncorrected Proof doi:10.2166/washdev.2015.100
- [PAYWALL] Whittington, Dale, et al(2015). A Diagnostic Tool for Estimating the Incidence of Subsidies Delivered by Water Utilities in Low- and Medium-Income Countries, with Illustrative Simulations. Utilities Policy In Press (2015). doi:10.1016/j.jup.2014.12.007