Call for submissions: IWA Water and Development Congress, Argentina – an opportunity to connect rural and urban

IWA is well known for its many events and publications, but generally with an urban utility focus.  However, the event below is an unusual opportunity to share experiences between urban, peri-urban, small-town and rural water service provides.  Thanks to the initiative of Eleanor Allen, CEO of Water for People, the IWA Water and Development Congress invites submissions on the following topics that are relevant to RWSN member experiences – an in particular those who presented at the RWSN Forum:

  • Raising gender profile in urban/rural (basin) interactions.
  • Developing leadership – diversity, inclusiveness and vision
  • Defining the role of regulation in meeting the SDGs
  • Strengthening the capacity of entrepreneurs to offer water and sanitation services in rural and peri-urban areas
  • Implementing pro-poor approaches
  • Defining tariffs, balancing affordability and cost recovery
  • Initiating and maintaining multi-stakeholder collaboration to achieve improved services
  • Fostering political & social engagement in water issues
  • Ensuring financial sustainability to achieve universal access and service goals.

This is a global event, not just for Latin America, and potentially there is a lot to learn on – and share – on tariff regulation for small rural providers, professionalization of community management, diversity of service delivery models in rural areas, including rural utilities,  and asset management for small rural providers.

So please do consider it if you are looking to reach out to a different audience from the normal rural WASH sector – see the message below for more details and links:

All the best

RWSN Secretariat

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Call for Abstracts – Sri Lanka Water Conference

3rd Annual Research Symposium

The National Water Supply & Drainage Board

Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply

20th March, 2017

At The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo, Sri Lanka




Deadline for Abstract Submission:

30th November 2016

Send Abstracts to:

Local and international authors are invited to submit abstracts under the following conference themes.

  • Wastewater reuse / Wastewater for Future
  • Socio Economic Aspects of Water & Sanitation for Small Communities
  • Challenges in Reduction of Water Loss & Revenue Increase
  • New Trends in Wastewater Management
  • Challenges in Implementation of Wastewater Systems
  • Sustainable Sanitation Solutions for Small Communities
  • Future Trends of Water Supply
  • Business Efficiency in Drinking Water Supply and Wastewater Management

High quality abstracts, with the potential to generate new knowledge, related to completed/on-going studies or based on experience and prepared according to the brochure linked to the news headlines of , would be selected for oral or poster presentations.

All presenters will be given free registration for participation. Further, a limited number of local sponsorships will be offered for foreign presenters.

For more details – Contact: Assistant General Manager (Research & Development),   +94112625196,


Sustainability Tools and Clauses

Thoughts on the Sustainability Clauses, by Jonathan Annis

Water, sanitation and hygiene service monitoring

By Jonathan Annis

Maintaining sustainability (or longevity as I prefer to think of it) of water services requires an ecosystem of support. This ecosystem includes but is not limited to policy, financing, planning, learning, harmonization, and technology. The ecosystem is complex and nonlinear; the broad categories are highly interdependent and failure in one aspect can have a domino effect on the others.  Indeed, services are delivered, like children are raised, with the support of an entire village.

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Reflections from the Colorado WASH Symposium

by Jonathan Annis, WASHplus

I recently attended the Colorado Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Symposium, hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder. The two-day regional gathering, intended primarily for students, faculty and local WASH professionals within greater Denver WASH community, attracted 130 attendees. A closely knit and cross-disciplinary group of graduate students did a fantastic job planning and hosting the event.

For those who aren’t aware – this included me before arriving on campus – the Colorado WASH community is thriving. The Denver area is home to a blend of international NGO’s like Water for People and iDE as well as local non-profit groups with a regional or country focus like El Porvenir. Add to the mix the energy created by a dynamic group of graduate students and academics engaged in the international WASH sector and the stage was set for an engaging discussion.

I had two main takeaways from the event:
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