Peering over the fence – how water security can bring business and rural communities together

RWSN/REACH blog post by Sean Furey, Skat Foundation (02.03.2016, Zurich, Switzerland)  In 2015, the World Economic Forum ranked water as the global risk with the greatest potential to impact economies over the next 10 years. So what are companies doing to assess and manage these risks – and could their efforts benefit or worsen the … Continue reading Peering over the fence – how water security can bring business and rural communities together

Problems need problem-solvers

Capacity Development is one of those buzz-phrases that gets used and abused almost as much as Sustainable Development. Capacity has various definitions, but for me, one of the clearest is: "Capacity is the ability of individuals, groups, institutions and organizations to identify and solve problems over time" (Morgan, P. 1993 quoted on p.7 of Capacity … Continue reading Problems need problem-solvers

Sanitation and Water for All? a view from the SWA partner meeting

This week, I attended the Sanitation & Water for All (SWA), partnership meeting in The Hague, Netherlands. Skat Foundation is a member of the Research & Learning constituency of SWA and I was there, among other things, to represent RWSN, both to raise relevant issues from our network with SWA partners, but also to find … Continue reading Sanitation and Water for All? a view from the SWA partner meeting

Innovations in Community Based Organisations, in Indonesia

So I'm at the Indonesia International Water Week 2015 and on the second day, the event has been split into six parallel streams: Sustainable Access to Safe Drinking Water Community Based Water Supply Domestic Wastewater Management Municipal Solid Waste Management and Domestic Wastewater Water Resources: Sinking Cities / Towards Better Implementation of IWRM Water Resources: … Continue reading Innovations in Community Based Organisations, in Indonesia

RWSN in Indonesia

So this week, I'm lucky enough to have been invited to present at the International Indonesia Water Week in Jakarta. RWSN is a global network, but many of you will have noticed the strong Africa-bias. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but the challenges of delivering good quality rural water services are to be found … Continue reading RWSN in Indonesia

Beyond the Borehole: what do ecosystem services have to do with rural water supply?

If there were no aquifers what would need to be built instead? That may seem an esoteric question given that groundwater is relied on every day by several billion people, but it is important to consider what useful things aquifers are, what we stand to lose if we mismanage them and what opportunities there are … Continue reading Beyond the Borehole: what do ecosystem services have to do with rural water supply?