by Kelly Ann Naylor, UNICEF, RWSN Chair Accessibility. Availability. Quality. These are the three criteria that define a safely managed drinking water service under SDG 6.1. While accessibility and availability were known challenges for rural water supply services, the scale of the problem of rural water quality was not well quantified, until last year’s WHO/ … Continue reading Word from the RWSN Chair: RWSN to put the “Safe” in Safely Managed Drinking Water
Posted by Stef Smits (Senior Programme Officer IRC WASH) and Ellen Greggio (Programme Advisor Monitoring & Mapping WaterAid) Countries have committed to reach SDG 6, providing universal access to their population with safely managed water supply services, with country specific targets. This is a process that governments, as duty bearers, need to manage. Therefore they also need to measure progress … Continue reading You cannot manage what you do not measure; but should you measure what you cannot manage?
The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) of UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have just released a new report: 25 Year Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water - 2015 Update report and MDG Assessment We have pulled together a 2-side briefing note that pulls out some of the headline figures and conclusion on rural water … Continue reading Investment in rural water supply delivers results – NEW RWSN briefing note on the new JMP report
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I was lucky enough to attend this year's Water & Health Conference at the University of North Carolina. I was even luckier to make it as the skirts of Hurricane Sandy swept up the Atlantic coast before crashing into the American North East. It was a great opportunity to meet, face-to-face, many RWSN members who … Continue reading Sustainable water services take ‘Water & Health’ Conference by storm
by Johan Gély, Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) 2nd UN-Water GLAAS Evaluation Meeting in Bern 2nd and 3rd October 2012 Background The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-water (GLAAS) monitors the inputs, and processes and their outputs (e.g. policies, investments, human resources) that influence the provision and sustainability of drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene … Continue reading Looking through GLAAS
This network of rural water professionals would never argue that services for urban populations are unimportant, or that sanitation and hygiene are less necessary to human health and dignity than water supply. All people regardless of location need both water supply and sanitation services, and to practise good hygiene – in other words urban and … Continue reading A Word from the Chair: Sustainable water services for everyone