(Photo: WaterAid Anna Kari)
RWSN’s vision is of a world in which all rural people have access to a sustainable and reliable water supply which can be effectively managed to provide sufficient, affordable and safe water within a reasonable distance of the home.
RWSN is a global network of professionals and practitioners working to raise standards of knowledge and evidence, technical and professional competence, practice and policy in rural water supply and so fulfil the vision of sustainable rural water services for all.
The Kampala Rural Water Commitments
The 6th International Forum of the Rural Water Supply Network was held in Kampala, 29th November – 2nd December 2011. The Forum was officially opened by Hon Maria Mutagamba, Minister of Water and Environment, Republic of Uganda. Opening addresses were also delivered by His Excellency the State Minister for Water Resources, Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Under Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Government of South Sudan. The participants in the forum numbered around 500 from nearly 50 countries, and were drawn from national and local Governments, academia, NGOs and CBOs, the private sector and development partners.
This statement of commitments should be read in conjunction with RWSN’s Strategy, Vision Paper, and the specific actions which have been articulated in the 30 sessions of the 6th Global Forum.
The following ten statements summarise our commitment to accelerating progress in inclusive and sustainable rural water supplies wherever those services are absent or under-performing.
Focusing on water users and water resources:
(1) We recognise the rights and the natural justice of all citizens to enjoy secure water services, regardless of location, lifestyle, gender, age, disability, ethnicity or income.
(2) We will do everything possible to ensure that the services we deliver are equitable and sustainable, providing lasting service with no time limits.
(3) We will take full account of all water users’ needs for close and unrestricted access, adequate quantity and acceptable quality of water, high levels of reliability, affordability, and a realistic burden of management responsibility.
(4) We recognise the multiple uses of water, and the multiple sources from which users take their water for domestic and livelihood purposes.
Focusing on ourselves as rural water professionals:
(1) We are committed to high quality of design, implementation (of both software activities and construction) and post-construction activities.
(2) We will continue to develop, promote, and adhere to specific standards and codes of good practice in rural water supply, and build close links to other development sectors which affect, or are affected by, this sub-sector.
(3) We will continue to enhance our own individual and organisational learning and professional development, with a special emphasis on south-south learning.
(4) We will advocate for: Increased and better-targeted finance for capital investments and for post-construction financing through local Governments to address the sustainability of rural water services.
(5) We will advocate for: Greater transparency and accountability in regard to progress in rural water provision and service performance.
(6) We will advocate for: Special efforts to raise the profile of rural water, including development of post-2015 targets and the possibility of an international year of rural water supply.
The Kampala Rural Water Commitments Endorsed and approved by the delegates to the 6th Global Forum of the Rural Water Supply Network, 1st December 2011.