20.06.2016 - 23.06.2016

The Kampala WASH Symposium Bringing together the 21st SuSanA Meeting and the 2016 WASH Sustainability Forum • Kampala, Uganda

11.07.2016 - 15.07.2016

39th WEDC International Conference Ensuring Availability & Sustainable Management of Water & Sanitation • Kumasi, Ghana

26.08.2016 - 02.09.2016

World Water Week 2015 Stockholm • Stockholm, Sweden

News • Announcements


Tragic loss of Ton Schouten, RWSN Chair, mentor, friend

Ton passed away at the weekend. It is a tragic loss of a great friend and mentor. Our condolences go to his family and all his colleagues at IRC. | »


Deadline for submissions extended until 6th May / Date finale pour la soumission des contributions étendue jusqu'au 6 mai 7th RWSN Forum

The deadline for the Open Call for submissions to the RWSN Forum (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, 29/11-02/12/2016 - has been extended by one week, due to high demand and to a number of authors having difficulties with uploading their submissions, or having misunderstood the instructions about submitting full papers rather than just abstracts. The deadline is now Friday, May 6th to submit one or more of the following through our online platform ( • A short paper (up to 2,000 words): FULL PAPER to be submitted using the attached form; • A long paper (up to 6,000 words) FULL PAPER to be submitted using the attached form; • A poster (at this stage, if the final poster is not yet available, a summary can be submitted, with the final poster to be submitted by 1 September) • A short film (at this stage, if the final film is not yet available, a summary can be submitted, with the final film to be submitted by 1 September) • A photography or illustration. To get an idea of the type of content presented at an RWSN Forum, you can find everything from the last one on the website of the 6th RWSN Forum, 2011: Thank you for your interest in the RWSN Forum and we hope you will be able to share your experience and stories with us and others around the world. | »


Writing for Water - a RWSN/UNDP CapNet online course Starts 13th June 2016

We are proud to present a new course on the UNDP Cap-Net Virtual Campus: Writing for Water, which will start on 13th June 2016 (Malheureusement, seulement disponible en anglais) Make sure to read more about this and the other courses on the CapNet website, below. The course is open for a maximum of 40 participants and you will need to apply to the courses through our online application form. For more information, do not hesitate to contact the campus coordinators with any questions you might have. Looking forward to seeing you on the Virtual Campus soon! The RWSN & Cap-Net UNDP Teams | »


7th RWSN Forum "Water for Everyone" // 7ème Forum RWSN "L’eau pour tous" 29 Nov-1 Dec : Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Today we announce the RWSN Forum which is planned for Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire from the 29th November to 1st December, plus 2nd December for field trips and sponsored seminars. The event will comprise plenary and parallel sessions of presentations and interactive workshops as well as presentation of posters, photographs, cartoons and films. The event will be in English and French (and possibly Spanish, subject to demand). With the title, Water for Everyone, the Forum will explore how we are going to reach Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in rural areas and small towns? What has worked well in the past? What needs to be done differently in the future? Come and share your experiences of success and failure and learn from others. RWSN Forums have a unique character, with an emphasis on learning and sharing, and a practical rather than political focus. The participants are mainly rural water supply professionals and practitioners. Where political leaders participate, they are encouraged to engage in the sessions and exhibition as equals with the other participants. You can find out more from the Forum Website. Why attend? The RWSN Forum is the only global event dedicated to rural water supply and the content and the discussions are driven by you. Come and present your work in a way that suits you – a paper, a poster, a film, a picture or photo, an exhibition stand or sponsored seminar with your own content. The peer-review process also ensures that the best content is presented and that authors with good experiences and ideas are provided the support that they need. We are particularly interested in practical experiences from an operational level. For example, one of the prizes for best paper at the 6th Forum went to Mr Edgar Phiri, a District Water Officer from Malawi. The success of 7th RWSN Forum depends on you. The Open Call for Submissions deadline is April 30th, 2016. Forum discussions will be based on submissions for long and short papers, posters, illustrations and short films, entered around the following themes: • Sustainable Rural Water and Small Town Water Supplies; • Equality, non-discrimination and inclusion; • Sustainable Groundwater Development; • Accelerating Self Supply; • Mapping and Monitoring; • Rural Water Supplies in the Humanitarian – Development Context; The event brings together professionals from all types of organisations and at all levels, from entrepreneurs and service providers to government ministers to university professors. We bring the latest in research, practice and policy together to catalyse new partnerships and reinvigorate existing ones. Normally, RWSN’s activities are online and through publications, but we realise that nothing beats face-to-face interactions and networking. You can find the delegate list from last time on the 6th RWSN Forum website. If you would like to attend, please register on: The early bird registration fee (for all participants) is €500 (up to June 30th, 2016). The philosophy of the Forum is to: • be inclusive of different perspectives; • build capacity by raising the quality of the submissions and improving communication skills within the rural water sector; • share knowledge and experience on rural water issues among equals • bring the realities of the field to the attention of decision-makers and funding agencies • catalyze vibrant South-South exchanges and networking • be accessible to French and English speakers. For the first time presentations in Spanish will be accepted, and translation/ interpretation will be offered at the Forum if there is sufficient demand and funding. The RWSN Forum is the foremost global event on rural water services and takes place every 5 years. We anticipate 650 participants from all over the world at the 2016 event which is in English and French. We look forward to seeing you there. Warm wishes, Kerstin Danert, Sean Furey, Meleesa Naughton and Victor Bas Martinez on behalf of the RWSN Forum International Task Force comprising representatives from Skat Foundation, SDC, UNICEF, World Bank, WaterAid, IRC and the African Development Bank | »


SMART Centre training courses on the rise Highlights from the SHIPO newsletter

The SMART Centre is a separate unit of the Southern Highlands Participatory Organization (SHIPO), in Tanzania. It is a training centre for local entrepreneurs in the WASH sector. The role of the SMART Centre is to scale up the access to water and sanitation by means of building supply chains of innovative, cost-effective and market-based technologies and products. “SMART” stands for Simple, Market-based, Affordable and Repairable Technologies. | »

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