The RWSN Forum – a once in every five-year opportunity!

forumThe 7th RWSN Forum in Abidjan is only two months away. Most of the authors of papers, posters and films have now been informed of their acceptance, and we are progressing well with the logistics for the event. I have to say that the team spirit (with 50 reviewers) as well as the joining of hands for the seminars has been outstanding. And thanks to our generous forum sponsors for enabling us to organise this event. I am delighted to see such openness for organisations to link up and work together to prepare sessions in which the forum participants will be able to learn from others, and share.

The programme is driven by the you – RWSN members who made their submissions as well as agencies and groups who have developed the sponsored seminar programme for the Friday. There will be plenty to learn on sustainable services; groundwater and wells; equality, non-discrimination and inclusion; self-supply and mapping and monitoring. We shall upload papers as they are finalised, so keep checking out the programme on the website. The RWSN forum is also a platform for face to face networking. Bookings for the exhibition are moving well, so please let us know if you would also like to exhibit. We have enabled small organisations to share booths in the past, so if this would be the only option for you, please let us know.

So who will attend you may be asking. We are expecting between 300 and 600 participants. How many come depends on you – the 8,500 RWSN members, and others who may join in the process. About 100 delegates have registered and paid already. This includes senior government staff, development partners, civil society, the private sector and academia. The RWSN Forum is the only event where you are likely to encounter such a kaleidoscope of people and perspectives on rural and small towns water supply. We really encourage you to attend!

We know from experience that there is a tendency to confirm late. So we ask you to please register now and avoid disappointment. I’m sure you are already convinced that attending the Forum is the right thing for you, and your organisation, but maybe securing the time and funding to attend is a challenge. So, to help we have prepared this help sheet to make it easier for you to make the case to your manager or funder that the RWSN Forum is a uniquely valuable opportunity.

Author: Kerstin Danert

Skat, Switzerland and Director of the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Secretariat

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