09.12.2015 - 11.12.2015

Water Security Conference 2015 REACH: improving water security for the poor • University of Oxford, UK

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Get writing! Call for papers for the 39th WEDC WASH Conference, Ghana 11-15 July 2016, Co-hosted with KNUST, in Kumasi Ghana

The WEDC International Conference is a comprehensive and interactive learning event, which provides continued professional development for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector professionals. | »


Conference Updates - WEDC & Stockholm Actualités de la Semaine Mondiale de l’Eau à Stockholm et de la conference WEDC

At the 36th WEDC Conference, in Loughborough, UK, the lead from RWSN was taken by Andrew Armstrong (Water Missions International) who organised two side events: “I want to thank you all for the opportunity to collaborate on these events and for your support (particularly from André Olschewski) during their development. I felt that the solar pumping workshop was especially valuable to the participants and WEDC, and have received much positive feedback. I have even received a request from one of the workshop participants to co-organize a solar pumping workshop in Zimbabwe.” Andrew has prepared a synthesis report on both sessions, which you can download the from the RWSN website: - Elements of Sustainable Solar Water Pumping System Design - Managing Cash Reserves for Capital Maintenance Expenses Thanks to Andrew, André, Richard Carter for organising and facilitating these workshops, and to the speakers: Kwabena Nyarko (KNUST), Paul Hutchings, (Cranfield University) and Jim Gibson (Maluti GSM Consulting) Your can find many useful papers and abstracts from this year’s WEDC conference on their website == World Water Week in Stockholm update This year, we decided to take the plunge and have a stand at the World Water Week in Stockholm. This was made possible thanks to funding and support from the UPGro (Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor) programme and from UNICEF, through the RWSN collaboration on professionalising water well drilling. Unsurprisingly then, the dominant theme for the stand was groundwater. However, we designed the stand in such a way as to be a networking and presentation space. Throughout the week we hosted a number of mini-presentations from Prof. Richard Carter (Richard Carter & Associates), Dr Jenny Grönwall (SIWI), Susan Davis (Improve International) [watch her film], Fabio Fussi (University of Milano Biococca), Maria Bestemann (Basic Water Needs), André Mergenthaler and Craig Williams (Water Missions International) [watch their film] ,Virgina Roaf and Hannah Neumeyer (WASH United). Sadly, we couldn’t always guarantee the audience as there was a lot going on, but the people that came were really engaged and there is a lot of potential for interesting collaborations in the future. Over the course of the week we met several hundred RWSN members – and recruited many new ones (welcome!). We learned so much from colleagues from Zambia, Jordan, Argentina, Cambodia, Lebanon, India, Nigeria, Ghana and many other diverse places and organisations – a huge thanks to everyone! | »


2015 Member Survey – thank you! Sondage des membres 2015 – merci!

Thank you to everyone that took part in the 2015 RWSN Member Survey. Responses were received in three languages, from 70 countries and from across government, NGOs, academia, the private sector and development partners. From it, we have a much better idea of who you are, what problems you are facing and how well (or not) we are doing. There were many great examples of how information, publications, films and webinars have been used to improve the quality of rural water supply training, consulting and implementation. The number one challenge being faced by members is the sustainability of rural water services, in all its diverse forms, from maintaining the physical quality and quantity of water supplied to the challenges around financing, management and regulation. We got 279 ideas! We can’t respond to all them individually, but we are taking them seriously and generally the feedback focused on extending what the network already does – Expanding member engagement and outreach to others; Advice & support for funding / fundraising; More training; Expanding thematic content & scope; Expanding Geographic Scope; Provide information in more languages; More publications and to Update manuals. | »


Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

The Millennium Development Goals are yesterday’s news – for better or worse. At the Sustainable Development Summit at the end of September, the new Sustainable Development Goals were agreed. For Goal 6 on water sanitation there are the following targets: - By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all - By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations - By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally - By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity - By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate - By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes - By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies - Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management Details on all the goals can be found at: | »


RWSN at Stockholm World Water Week

RWSN and UPGro will have stand and networking area at this year's Stockholm World Water Week (23-29 August). If you are there, please come along and join in the conversation as we ask the question - what do the Sustainable Development Goals mean for groundwater use and management in Africa? You can meet a number of the UPGro researchers and also find out how their research can benefit your work. Also on the stand we will have a number of facilitated discussions and resources on a range of rural water supply and groundwater topics - not least the Cost Effective Boreholes collaboration between Unicef, WaterAid and Skat to professionalise water well drilling. You can find us at stand B9 , which we also highlights the activities of other RWSN and UPGro partners. | »

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