Making water work for women – inspiring stories from around the world The reality in much of the world today is that collecting water for the home is a job done by women – so gender issues are central to everything we do in rural water supply – self-supply, pump design, borehole siting, tariff collection, … Continue reading The most important stories in rural water supply // Les histoires d’approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural les plus importants
RWSN co-convened two sessions at last week’s SIWI World Water Week in Stockholm and presentations are available to download: WASHoholic Anonymous - Confessions of Failure and how to Reform All presentations: http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/sites/default/files/panzerbeiter_lt_1400.pdf Build and Run to Last: Advances in Rural Water Services India’s rural water supply services presentation: Solar powered water supply presentation: Ensuring Sustainability … Continue reading #RWSN @ #WWW : the presentations
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?
By V. Kurian Baby, India Country Director, IRC
Community rural water supply (RWS) in India is an orphan of partially implemented demand responsive sector reforms on the one hand and unsuccessful decentralisation on the other. Historically, rural water supply in India has been outside the sphere of governments (NRDWP 2013). The 73rd and 74th constitutional amendment (Act 1992) made drinking water and sanitation a constitutional mandate of the three tier system of Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs). Even after two decades, the decentralisation process is an unaccomplished dream lying between de-concentration and devolution. In many states the progress is either stalled or reversed.
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Evaluation of a Water For People intervention in partnership with local government India
Sagar is an island at the mouth of the river Ganges where it meets the Bay of Bengal. Every year in January, about half a million pilgrims visit the island to worship at the holy Ganges. The hundreds of mobile toilet units standing on the empty festival terrain during the rest of the year are witness to the island’s authority’s efforts to ensure that the pilgrim’s stay on the island is as comfortable, hygienic and safe as possible. But the authorities also don’t forget about the 200.000 permanent inhabitants when it comes to sanitation. Together with the NGO Water For People (WFP) and other partners, it seeks to achieve full coverage in sanitation and water supply in the next few years.
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1974: UNICEF reviewed their water supply programme in India. The results were shocking: of the tens of thousands of wells drilled over the previous seven years, 75% were not supplying water. In the new publication "How Three Handpumps Revolutionised Rural Water Supplies" from RWSN, Erich Baumann explains how three handpumps, the India Mark II, the … Continue reading How three handpumps revolutionised Rural Water Supplies: the India Mark II
By Susan Davis, Executive Director, Improve International
[Full transparency: this conversation was over the telephone and the resulting blog was finished over email, but I was drinking coffee the whole time.] Jonathan Wiles is Vice President for Program Excellence at Living Water International. By training, he is an organizational strategist, communicator, and program developer. Jonathan has been involved in the WASH sector for more than a decade, during which he has been a researcher/practitioner in programs across three continents. Find him on Twitter @thirstforchange
Susan: You launched your new strategic plan in February 2011 – what were the key reasons for that plan, and how did it come together?
Jonathan: Living Water International was born in the early 90’s, when water development—this was before anyone was talking about “WASH”—was all about installing hardware. We all thought that a little village-level maintenance training was enough to ensure sustainability, and that…
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