An Empowering Drop in the Bucket – A women’s journey on International Women’s Day

Author: Sara Ahrari, Programme Manager at Simavi.  March marks two significant internationally celebrated days for those of us working in the sector. On 8th March we celebrate International Women’s Day #IWD and on 21st March we cherish the World Water Day #WWD. So, it would be good to reflect once again on how exactly WASH … Continue reading An Empowering Drop in the Bucket – A women’s journey on International Women’s Day

The Top 10 RWSN Blog Posts in 2018

The RWSN Blog provided us again with some exciting posts in 2018. From sustainable water resources and community management, to solar-powered water pumping, to (manual) borehole drilling, and to rural water services - the range of topics offers diverse and insightful perspectives on rural water supply issues. Here are some of the most popular blogs in 2018: Sustainable water resources management in Sri Lanka: present … Continue reading The Top 10 RWSN Blog Posts in 2018

The Politics of Water 3: Area Mechanics in Malawi

by Naomi Oates, re-posted from University of Sheffield Competing narratives surround the role of ‘area mechanics’ in Malawi In November 2017 I started my ‘politics of water’ blog as an outlet to share experiences and findings from my research in rural Malawi on water governance and service sustainability. The first instalment describes my initial impressions of Balaka … Continue reading The Politics of Water 3: Area Mechanics in Malawi

Governments asked to accelerate access to water and sanitation security for Africa

by Isaiah Esipisu at the 7th Africa Water Week, Gabon Water experts, policy makers, government representatives, UN agencies, donors and nongovernmental organisations kicked off the celebration of the seventh edition of the Africa Water Week in Libreville city of Gabon on 29th October 2018, calling on African governments to reflect on achievements made so far … Continue reading Governments asked to accelerate access to water and sanitation security for Africa

For rural Tanzanians, water has a social value too

by Lena Farré, recent Post-Graduate from University of Basel, Switzerland, summarises the findings of her Masters degree thesis This exploratory case study carried out in the Kilombero Valley in southwestern Tanzania shows the mechanisms and challenges communities of a rural village face while seeking water access and maintaining their water pumps. The Tanzanian Government and non-governmental … Continue reading For rural Tanzanians, water has a social value too

The overlooked population dynamics of rural Africa

by Matthias Saladin, Skat Rural population in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to continue growing for decades to come. In spite of urbanization, rural populations are not going to disappear. Both as individuals and as organizations, we need to spend more efforts in reaching out to the people in rural areas, and we need to come … Continue reading The overlooked population dynamics of rural Africa