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WORD FROM THE CHAIR
|Dear RWSN members and friends, dear colleagues,
Knowledge sharing and learning is critical to establishing and delivering water services that last. Advances in communications technology have made this easier than ever at a global scale. I hope that you have taken advantages of RWSN’s online discussions, webinars and publications – and we know from the feedback that you have given us, that you do value these exchanges.
However, even with such powerful online tools, nothing beats meeting people face-to-face. It is an opportunity to strengthen links with past and current collaborators, and hopefully find new partners for the work ahead. That is why the RWSN Forum is such an exciting opportunity for sharing.
The agenda is set by you, the members, and the contributions that you have submitted. Complemented by regional pre-events in Peru and Thailand, the 7th RWSN Forum in November will be a truly global event – and it brings together people with a common purpose, which is expressed clearly in the RWSN Vision:
“of a world in which all rural people have access to a sustainable and reliable water supply which can be effectively managed to provide sufficient, affordable and safe water within a reasonable distance of the home.”
At the last Forum, way back in 2011, delegates agreed on the 10 Kampala Commitments. The 7th Forum, this year, gives us an opportunity to reflect on these, the progress we have made, what needs to be done, and what we have learned. Do we still hold to the same principles, or has thinking and experience taken us in a new direction?
Be part of this conversation and I look forward to welcoming you to Abidjan on 29 November.
Ton Schouten, Chair
7th RWSN Forum, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
30th April: Deadline for submissions for peer-review http://rwsn7.net/participate/submissions/.
13 June-1 September –‘Writing for Water’ online course with Cap-Net (strictly limited places): http://campus.cap-net.org/course/writing-for-water/
30th June: Deadline for Early Bird rate: http://rwsn7.net/participate/register/
1st September: Deadline for final submissions
29th November – 2nd December: RWSN Forum
Further details of costs and packages for Sponsored Seminars and Exhibition Spaces will be available soon and an announcement will made through Dgroups and on the Forum website.
With many thanks to our confirmed event sponsors so far:
If your organisation would be interested in becoming an event sponsor, or would be interested in providing financial support for authors to attend and present, then please contact Sean at the RWSN Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org
RWSN Annual Report 2015
|2015 was an excellent year for RWSN. Through growing reach and confidence, members used our online platforms to share their experiences with each other and spark learning, collaboration and new ideas. In all we hosted 42 webinars, in 3 different languages with 56 different speakers. Although attendance and recording views were variable, there was no sign of ‘webinar fatigue’ and overall live attendance was 1,816 people.
We believe that this is because the mix of topics appealed to both different audiences and to loyal followers. The 2015 online survey provided direct feedback from RWSN members on what is working well, what could be improved, and glimpses into what impact the network is making into rural water service planning, delivery, monitoring and research.
Membership of the network grew strongly and consistently in 2015 from 6530 to 7,980 – and this was after a database clean-up that removed 740 inactive email addresses. This clean-up was important to make sure that the RWSN membership figure is meaningful and reflects our reach. Collaboration has been a cornerstone of RWSN success and across the themes and the work of the secretariat there were a number of important partnerships that helped the network engage wider audiences.
If you are interested in a summary or RWSN’s achievement in 2015, you can access the report from the RWSN website.
New DGroup for Water in Zambia
|A new online learning and knowledge sharing platform for professionals supporting water supply in Zambia has just been set up. Those of you working in Zambia are encouraged to join via: https://dgroups.org/rwsn/zambia_water The online group is initially being administered by UNICEF Zambia.|
Sanitation & Water for All (SWA): Meeting of WASH Ministers, March 2016
|Over 40 Government ministers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and high level representatives of development agencies, civil society, private sector and NGOs are gathered in Addis Ababa in March to agree on a way to meet targets on universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene as called for in the new Sustainable Development Goals. The event was chaired by the new SWA Chair, Kevin Rudd, a former Australian Prime Minister and is pushing towards greater political engagement and commitment to water, sanitation and hygiene. You can see the agenda and download the presentations from the SWA website.
RWSN is represented by several Research & Learning partners of SWA so let us know what evidence and policy messages you would like communicated with political leaders at future meetings.
Research Highlights: Getting handpump functionality monitoring right
can help ensure rural water supply sustainability
|Keeping handpumps in operation has been a core debate of the network since its beginning and new research is beginning to shine a light on some of the root problems and offering glimpses of how to overcome them. The key findings of recent paper by Prof. Richard Carter (independent consultant) and Ian Ross (Oxford Policy Management) are presented and put in a wider context in the latest edition of the UNC WaSH Briefings, prepared by Vincent Casey (WaterAid) and Prof. Alan MacDonald (British Geological Survey) who collaborate on the UPGro Hidden Crisis project:|
Key Policy and Programmatic Takeaways
Resources & Reports Highlights: Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016 (WIGO)
|WIGO shows how clean governance in the water sector can fight corruption, benefit diverse stakeholders and make efficient use of investment in water services and infrastructure worldwide. The publication is now available for download. Visit the Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016 (WIGO) subsite at http://www.waterintegritynetwork.net/wigo/. In view of recent headlines about the “Panama Papers”, there has never been a more important time to tackle graft and the diverting of public funds that should have been spent on essential services, like water.|
Events & Training Highlights: Sustainable WASH/SuSanA Symposium
|The WASH sustainability symposium returns and this in collaboration with our sibling network, the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA). The symposium will be held in Kampala 20-23 June 2016.
“This Symposium will break down the silos of WASH projects by exploring methods for evaluating the context in which these interventions are situated, exploring political economy topics and examining how this whole system can be engaged with to ensure that services last over time.”
For more visit the event website: www.kampalawashsymposium.org/
Join at: dgroups.org/RWSN/equality_rwsn
Theme Leaders: Louisa Gosling, WaterAid; Jane Wilbur, WaterAid
|Our project to make the Handbook on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation more accessible and relevant to local government and water service providers is going well. We have interviewed 30 RWSN members who offered to be involved in this project and will send out the synthesis of what we found. The education materals are now being developed and we will ask RWSN members to feed back on what they find most useful. For more information about this project ask email@example.com
Inclusive approaches to Rural Water Supply : Thank you to everyone who took part in the webinars and e-discussion. The report of what was shared will be posted on the RWSN website and shared with the dgroup soon.
Please join the ENDI discussions at the forum : This is a great opportunity to share experiences, lessons, solutions and challenges in the quest to make safe drinking water available to all. So please submit papers, posters and films on the www.RWSN7.net
Theme Leaders: Kerstin Danert, Skat; Sean Furey, Skat,
For UPGro see page 7
New films on the way!
Last year, RWSN released two animated films (each in English and French): “A borehole that lasts a lifetime” / “Un forage qui dure toute une vie” and “Drilling: the importance of good borehole siting” / “Les forages: l’importance de bien choisir le site d’implantation” to illustrate key concepts from the Code of Practice for Cost Effective Boreholes. These have been enormously popular and used as training resources.
Now two more films are in production, on Drilling Procurement & Contract Management and on Water Well Design and Construction Quality, thanks to a grant from the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation, which supplements the existing collaboration between Unicef, Skat and WaterAid.
E-Discussion on Groundwater Regulation 27 June to 17 July 2016
Groundwater regulation remains an aea where much remains to be learnt. Zambia is a case in point. With the enactment of the Water Resources Management Act in 2012, the new Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) is currently developing regulations (statutory instruments) that cover the licencing of drillers and consultants, permitting and groundwater protection. Once these are passed into law, for the first time in the country’s history, groundwater will be regulated.
As part of the collaboration between UNICEF, Skat Foundation and WaterAid within RWSN’s Sustainable Groundwater Development theme, RWSN will host a three-week e-discussion on groundwater regulation from 27th June to 17 July 2016. The e-discussion and webinar will enable a global exchange on groundwater regulation, enabling in-country stakeholders to learn from each other and also to provide inputs to the ongoing process in Zambia.
If you would like to participate, please join RWSN’s Sustainable Groundwater Community
Join at dgroups.org/RWSN/selfsupply_rwsn
Theme Leader: André Olschewski, Skat
Self-supply study on Zambia and Zimbabwe – out now!
Skat, AfricaAHEAD, WaterAid, SWL Consultants and UNICEF have been working hard in 2015 on studying how Self-supply has been developing in these two countries after Self-supply has been piloted and scaled up years ago. Results from the review convinced actors at national level in both countries to include activities for supporting Self-supply in action plans of coming years. Country reports, a Synthesis Report is now available and Policy briefs will be published soon.
Join the Accelerating Self-supply community for announcements and discussion: https://dgroups.org/RWSN/selfsupply_rwsn
Ethiopia – National Self-supply Fair 2016 – an opportunity for key Self-supply actors to meet.
An intensive 3 days event on Self-supply was organized by the National Self-supply Task Force on 21-23 March 2016 in Addis Ababa including a fair and workshop as part of the World Water Day ceremonies 2016. At the fair more than 40 exhibitors presented their products and services suitable for Self-supply. At the workshop a set of 10 papers with case studies and research were presented. A particular focus was on capacity development and technology innovation needed for the further acceleration of Self-supply in Ethiopia. Also progress in using of microfinances for Self-supply were discussed. More details soon to come through IRC newsletter and ACCESS DGroup.
SMART Centre Group proposal
Under the lead of the A4A, MetaMeta and Skat a project and funding proposal is being developed to attract funding and support to further boost a business development approach for supporting and strengthening SMART Centres as business incubators for WASH products and services. In a first round SMART Centres in Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Zambia will be involved to engage and benefit from a joint effort. Organisations interested in funding or supporting this initiative or in joining it are welcome to contact FRANK or firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information on www.smartcentregroup.com
EMAS International and Welthungerhilfe sign MOU to collaborate on Self-supply
EMAS (Escuela móvil aguas y saneamiento básico) is well known for its simple and affordable WASH technologies that are used on a large scale in rural Bolivia (see the RWSN publication: EMAS Household Water Supply Technologies in Bolivia). EMAS has been collaborating with the German NGO, Welthungerhilfe, in Sierra Leone to promote Self-supply technologies, such as the EMAS Flexi pump. The two organisations have agreed to promote Self-supply concepts, at all levels, as a complementary pathway to achieving SDG6 (WASH) and SDG7 (Energy).
More Experiences and applications using the TAF
The Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) was applied to new technologies and in new context such as for HWTS in India. Recently WaterAid America included the TAF as standard tool into its monitoring process of country programmes in Nicaragua. In April 2016, the TAF will be applied on manual drilling in Congo DRC in an UNICEF funded assignment. More insight on results, experiences and progress regarding the TAF will be provided in a webinar in summer 2016 and at the 7th RWSN Forum 2016.
Theme Leaders: Marieke Adank, IRC; Almud Weitz, WSP/World Bank
Sustainability of rural water systems top of the agenda in Latin America
On 8th March, The World Bank Global Water Practice and SDC Global Programme Water Initiatives convened a RWSN session at the Latinosan Conference, in Lima, Peru. This was the first of two pre-Forum events organised by the Bank to bring together key experiences from around the world.
There were 12 presentations that shared experiences from Honduras, Brazil, Chile, Nicaragua, Haiti, Bolivia, Costa Rica and Peru. The common theme was that keeping rural water services going is hard, but progress is being made, with the help of IT systems like SIASAR, which strengthen local and national government regulators and service providers.
The presentations (in Spanish) are available on the RWSN 7 Regional Pre-Events page. The best experiences will be supported to come to Abidjan in November to present to a global audience.
The second of the two regional events, will be held on 10-12 May, in Bangkok, Thailand and is being organised by The World Bank/WSP, SNV and WaterAid Australia. Around 50 participants expected from countries including India, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, Timor Leste, Laos PDR, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines and Papua New Guinea.
Join at dgroups.org/rwsn/mapping_rwsn
Topic Leader: Joseph Pearce, IRC; Ellen Greggio, WaterAid
|Mapping & Monitoring e-discussionHave you supported country-led water service monitoring?
The e-discussion is running between Monday 11th – Friday 22nd April. Week 1 questions will be posted on 11th April and you will be invited to provide reflections and detail your related experiences. Week 2 questions will be released on 18th April. We’ll provide a synopsis for each week of discussion and we’ll author a RWSN practice paper on the findings. Contributions are welcomed in French or English. We are looking for a broad participation and information sharing from the national governments, local governments, private sector, NGOs, other networks, research institutions and funding organisations.
If you are not already a member of the RWSN Mapping & Monitoring community you can catch up here: https://dgroups.org/rwsn/mapping_rwsn
Water Point Data Exchange (WPDx) – new website now live
On 16 March, the Water Point Data Exchange (WPDx) made available data on nearly 250,000 water points around the world through a new web platform. This platform makes it easier than ever to share and access information about water points around the world. Users can now upload their own data, subscribe to notifications when data is updated for specific countries, and even analyze the data using an online web tool. You can discover the platform, share your data, and explore the wealth of existing information at www.waterpointdata.org.
Knowledge Brokers: Sean Furey, Kerstin Danert, Richard Carter, Bertha Camacho
- UPGro – Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor is seven year research programme, funded by DFID, NERC, ESRC that takes a social and natural science approach to enabling sustainable use of groundwater for the benefit of the poor.
Hidden Treasure: 10 reasons to know more about groundwater
Groundwater underpins the economies of most countries – so why are political leaders and other decision-makers not taking it seriously? If you have had frustrating conversations because the person you are talking to doesn’t really get what groundwater is and why it is important, then this 2 page graphical briefing note may be for you:
Give us your feedback if you find it useful, or missing something, or if you would like it translated into another language. Contact Sean Furey – sean.furey @skat.ch
How do you solve a problem like a broken water pump?
On World Water Day 2016, Katherine Purvis wrote in The Guardian about the challenges of sustaining rural water supplies and highlighted some initiatives underway as part of UPGro and the RWSN Code of Practice for Cost Effective Boreholes collaboration. The article draws on the early findings of the UPGro Hidden Crisis and Gro for GooD projects.
African Aquifers Can Protect Against Climate Change
Professor Richard Taylor of the GroFutures consortium project explains: “What we found is that groundwater in tropical regions – and Sub-Saharan Africa in particular – is primarily replenished from intense rainfall events – heavy downpours. This means that aquifers are an essential way of storing the heavy rain from the rainy season for use during the dry season, and for keeping rivers flowing. Having a buffer is essential to protect people and livelihoods from extreme hydrological events; groundwater can play an important role, but aquifers need to be well understood, well managed, and this needs good data and competent hydrogeologists in each of these countries.”
Climate change projections indicate that rainfall could become more erratic, but also more intense, and this may mean that when rains do come, the groundwater recharge is higher. To maximise this opportunity, better techniques (such as design roads to capture water) for enhanced recharge can help farmers and communities get through uncertain dry seasons.
Shallow groundwater in sub-Saharan Africa: neglected opportunity for sustainable intensification of small-scale agriculture?
In a new paper from the AMGRAF catalyst team, a way is proposed for farmers to monitor, understand and use their local groundwater resources more intensively to improve irrigation, and boost their household incomes and nutrition. The research focused on an area of Ethiopia but has wide application.
Challenges in groundwater resource management in coastal aquifers of East Africa: lessons from Comoros Islands, Kenya and Tanzania
The Costal Groundwater catalyst team have published their key findings – many coastal areas of East Africa are under increasing pressure from population and economic growth, and from sea level rise. Shallow large-diameter wells, following the traditional model of these areas, consistently prove to be less saline and more durable than deeper small-diameter boreholes. However, promoting the use of large numbers of shallow wells poses a significant challenge for governance, requiring coherent management of the resource at local and national scales and the engagement of local communities.
Latest UPGro publications and papers
Programme Directors: Dr Rob Hope, Dr Katrina Charles (Oxford University). Research in Action team: Sean Furey (Skat), Ton Schouten (IRC), Tom Williams (IWA)
REACH Catalyst Grants – an overwhelming response
A call was launched for Catalyst Grants on 10 December 2015. 173 Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for Catalyst Grants were submitted, of which 29 were shortlisted and invited to submit a full proposal. The Science Board found this a difficult decision to make as the overall standard of applications was very high. They will be providing limited, targeted feedback on applications in the coming weeks. Please note that they are unable to provide further feedback due to the large number of applications. There will be at least one further round of Catalyst Grants issued throughout the programme, with a second call for EOIs in 2016. Further calls may be issued subject to available funding. Keep up to date at: http://reachwater.org.uk/funding/
Co-ordinators: Robert Meerman (meerman @ rainfoundation.org), Hans Merton (hans @ merton.nl). Join the rainwater harvesting community on Dgroups: dgroups.org/rwsn/rainwater and follow on twitter at @rainwater4food.
If you missed the recent TheWaterChannel webinar you can find the recording online: http://thewaterchannel.tv/webinars
Articulating this relationship is important- to determining the larger-scale impact of water harvesting, to justifying investments, and to scale it up. This is especially true for water-scarce regions of the world, like the Near East & North Africa (NENA). And especially relevant in the run up to World Water Day 2016, with ‘Water and Jobs- Transforming People’s Lives’ as its thematic focus.
In this webinar, Vessela Monta (Executive Director, International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance) and Atif Kubursi (McMaster University) discussed these relationships and their prospects in the NENA region.
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RWSN Member and Member Organisation news, jobs, surveys & requests of for help
“Pump for Life”, submitted by MSABI. The Swiss Re Foundation will provide MSABI with USD 75 000 and tailor-made coaching over the next three years. Please note that the ReSource Award 2017 cycle has begun: Interested social businesses can submit their proposal till 30 April 2016. You can find more information about the winner and the programme on www.resourceaward.org
Wanted: Innovative ideas and business models!
Do you have an innovative idea that addresses the specific needs of low-income people in developing and emerging countries regarding sanitation, water and resource management?
The cewas Call for Ideas 2016 honours the most promising, interesting and creative idea in sanitation, water and resource management for the poor. The winner will secure CHF 5,000 (USD 5,000) start-up capital, as well as a sponsored place in the cewas start-up programme 2016/17, where she or he will be able to put the idea into practice (value CHF 5.000).
Submit your idea by 15th May 2016 and take your chance to win the cewas
Find out more: cewas.org/call2016/
RWSN in numbers
RWSN membership has reached 8,290 people from 150 countries LinkedIn group membership is up to 2,955 . At the beginning of 2012 there were around 1,500 RWSN members, so thank you to all for your continued support and commitment to improving rural water supply services.
SHARING & LEARNING
Cap-Net Virtual Campus
|Drought Risk Reduction in Integrated Water Resources Management||Human Rights based approach and IWRM|
|Water Integrity and Transparency||Sustainable Water Management|
|IWRM as Climate Change Adaption Tool||Writing for Water|
|May||11-13||IST Africa||Durban, South Africa|
|16-20||WASH Futures Conference,||Brisbane, Australia|
|27||WASRAG World Water Summit||Seoul, South Korea|
|Jun||WASH Sustainability Symposium/SuSanA Conference||Kampala, Uganda|
|Jul||10-14||Singapore World Water Week||Singapore|
|11-15||39th WEDC International Conference: Ensuring Availability & Sustainable Management of Water & Sanitation||Kumasi, Ghana|
|18-22||Africa Water Week||Dar es Salaam, Tanzania|
|Aug||26-2||SIWI World Water Week,||Stockholm, Sweden|
|27-4||35th International Geological Congress||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Sep||25-29||43rd IAH Congress||Montpellier, France|
|14-16||13th IWA Specialized Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems||Athens, Greece|
|Oct||9-13||IWA World Water Congress||Brisbane, Australia|
|10-14||UNC Water and Health
Call for Papers and Side Event Proposals closes 29 April
|Chapel Hill, NC, USA|
|Nov||29 Nov – 2 Dec||7th RWSN Forum: Water for Everyone
Call for Submissions closes 30 April
|Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire|
|2017||19-22 March||4th Arab Water Week 2017||Dead Sea, Jordan|
|MOOCs are ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ which are generally free (some charge) and comprise video lectures, tests and sometimes group assignments based around online interaction with other participants. The list below shows MOOCs that are likely to be of interest of rural water supply practitioners who want to extend their knowledge in related sectors. Not all of these courses are running at the moment. Get in touch if you can recommend any others.|
|Masters Degree in Water Education
UNESCO-IHE is the world’s largest international graduate education facility in water. The institute, located in Delft, Netherlands, offers a fully accredited Master and PhD degree program. To learn more about the program visit. UNESCO-IHE. The Rotary Foundation awards annually 10 scholarships to graduate students. For more information of the scholarships visit Rotary Water Masters Scholarships
Special Topics In Water Supply & Treatment For Developing Communities – Summer 2016 Intensive Workshop, Mexico, 25-31 July 2016, USD1,250
More details : http://caminosdeagua.org/2016-water-workshop/about/
BushProof Technical Training in Water & Sanitation Infrastructure
The next training will be held from 12 – 17th September 2016 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Details on the Bushproof website.
RWSN MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
|Find your way around
We have produced two maps to help guide you around the new RWSN website and the various RWSN online platforms, including http://tinyurl.com/c2ducks. If you are still having problems then the new “Help!” page has a video tour of the website: http://www.rural-water-supply.net/en/websitehelp
Join the debates
Our expanded online network means that more and more of you are sharing ideas and experiences, which is fantastic – please keep it up! Here are main discussion communities:
Accelerating Self-supply; Complex Systems and Rural Water Supply; Country-led monitoring; Sierra Leone WASH; Equality, Non Discrimination and Inclusion (ENDI); Solar Pumps; Sustainable Groundwater Development; Sustainable Services; Rainwater Harvesting; Mapping and Monitoring; Rwanda WASH Working Group; Handpump Services
Thank you to everyone who has put in their time, enthusiasm and knowledge.
Membership and Subscription
RWSN is free to join, all you have to do is register on the RWSN area of Dgroups: https://dgroups.org/rwsn
Organisations can become members of RWSN too. To find out more visit: http://www.rural-water-supply.net/en/rwsn-members
There are no subscription fees. The RWSN Secretariat is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and Skat with co-funding from a range of partners for secretariat and thematic work.
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The RWSN Newsletter is compiled by the RWSN Secretariat (hosted by Skat Foundation) and supported financially by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), WaterAid, Skat, UPGro (DFID/NERC/ESRC) and RAIN Foundation.
RWSN is supported in cash and in-kind by a number of organisations, which in 2014 included: the Global Programme Water Initiatives of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Austrian Red Cross; British Geological Survey (BGS), Department for International Development (DFID) – including through WASH Facility Sierra Leone, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) – (through the UPGro programme); IRC, RAIN Foundation, Skat Consulting Ltd., UNICEF, Volkart Stiftung, WaterAid, The World Bank, Water and Sanitation Program – WSP, World Vision, and ZH2O.