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The World Bank joined the RWSN Executive Steering Committee in September 2011, and signed the Letter of Common Interest on April 3, 2012. "Safe and sustainable water supply is critical to improves the lives of the rural poor, especially women and girls," said Jose Luis Irigoyen, the World Bank's director for Transport, Water, and Information and Communication Technologies. To learn more about how the World Bank views its partnership with RWSN, click (first link). To view the World Bank's knowledge products on rural water supply, click (second link)
The World Bank is partnering with the Rural Water Supply Network on a series of webinars and a global knowledge network to share information on sustainable rural water solutions with practitioners around the world.
The World Bank seeks to expand access to safe drinking water in rural areas and maintain the sustainability of rural water systems, from hand pumps to more elaborate systems. To accomplish these goals, it works closely with governments to strengthen their capacities to deliver services and encourages public-private partnerships to serve areas where appropriate.
The RWSN Forum, held in Kampala in late 2011, brought together an outstanding group of international experts to share the latest knowledge about providing rural people with safe water. The 11 webinars in this series featured Forum speakers re-giving some of the best Forum presentations.