An opportunity to reflect on manual drilling – UNESCO Seminar in Madrid, 2019

It was 21 years ago that I was first confronted with manual drilling.  I had just started my PhD research at Cranfield University.  The idea was to develop a human operated rig that could break through harder (laterite) formation, test it in an African country, and have it adopted by the private sector… in three … Continue reading An opportunity to reflect on manual drilling – UNESCO Seminar in Madrid, 2019

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

Professional Water Wells Drilling: Country Assessments of the Sector – UPDATED!

From 2003 to date, assessments of borehole drilling sector cost-effectiveness and professionalism have been undertaken for the following countries: Angola (Pinto, 2017: English & Portuguese) Burkina Faso (Duffau & Ouedraogo, 2009 ; Galbane (2011); Danert. K, Ouedraogo, JP, Amadou, B et Zombre, A (2018); Danert, K; Ouédraogo, JP; Amadou, B and Zombre, A (2019)) Chad (Danert, … Continue reading Professional Water Wells Drilling: Country Assessments of the Sector – UPDATED!

Voyage of groundwater discovery

The first ‘Professional Management of Water Well Drilling Projects and Programmes’ online course, provided by Unicef, Skat Foundation and Cap-Net kicked off in early March 2018. Running over six weeks, the new online course provides participants with an overview of what is required to improve borehole drilling professionalism in the countries in which they work. … Continue reading Voyage of groundwater discovery

“Your challenges are our challenges”, reflections from Oklahoma, USA

Today I write from Oklahoma, USA, having just come to the end of the two and a half day University of Oklahoma 4th biennial WaTER Conference.  I had the honour of being one of the keynote speakers at this event, which was attended by over 170 people from 27 countries. It has been an extremely … Continue reading “Your challenges are our challenges”, reflections from Oklahoma, USA

What is the big deal about manual drilling anyway?

Let me tell you a not-very-well-kept secret. My PhD research some 15 years ago was on manual drilling. That was what took me to Uganda in the first place and taught me how to link social science, business development and technology. For those of you who don’t know what it is, manual drilling refers to … Continue reading What is the big deal about manual drilling anyway?

a new phase of RWSN is on the way…..

RWSN is not a formal organisation, more of a shared idea. In 1992, the network was founded as the Handpump Technology Network (HTN) with a narrow focus on.... handpump technology. 22 years on, and this small group of engineers from the Water & Sanitation Program of the World Bank, UNICEF, Skat and the Swiss Agency … Continue reading a new phase of RWSN is on the way…..