RWSN Events, Resources and Member News – March


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: Boreholes needed

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


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


MSABI: Nestle Creating Shared Value Runner-up Prize

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

Skat/WaterAid/Waterlines: Writing for WASH courses

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 @


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.

You can find out about previous RWSN Forums in on the RWSN Story web page and on the website for the 6th RWSN Forum in Kampala, 2011.

If any organisation would be interested being a sponsor for the event, please contact the RWSN Secretariat (kerstin.danert

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

Other events

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:


Development Banks & UN Organisations

NGOs, Networks and others

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.

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:

Author: RWSN Secretariat

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