ON THE ROAD TO DAKAR: MOVING THE RURAL WASH AGENDA IN AFRICA ONLINE DISCUSSIONS

EN ROUTE POUR DAKAR : FAIRE AVANCER L'AGENDA DU WASH EN MILIEU RURAL EN AFRIQUE

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02.11.2021 - 17.12.2021

ON THE ROAD TO DAKAR: MOVING THE RURAL WASH AGENDA IN AFRICA ONLINE DISCUSSIONS EN ROUTE POUR DAKAR : FAIRE AVANCER L'AGENDA DU WASH EN MILIEU RURAL EN AFRIQUE • Online

The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) and the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) E-Discussions on Rural WASH in Africa aim to create momentum for conversations on key topics to be addressed at the 9th World Water Forum in March 2022, in Dakar, Senegal. There will be two e-discussions (in both English and French) focusing on two related topics. The first e-Discussion focusing on Prioritization of Rural WASH including Sustainability and Quality of Rural WASH services will run from 4 – 24 November. This will kick off with an introductory webinar scheduled for 2nd November via Zoom platform. The second e-Discussion on Resource Mobilization and Accountability for Resource use for Rural WASH will run from 29 November – 17 December. The second e-Discussion introductory webinar is scheduled for 23rd November via Zoom platform. | »

News • Announcements

19.11.2021

5th Human Rights Youth Challenge 5EME DEFI JEUNESSE POUR LES DROITS HUMAINS

On the occasion of World Toilet Day (19 November 2021), the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Mr. Pedro Arrojo Agudo, is organizing the Fifth Human Rights Youth Challenge together with the Permanent Mission of Spain, the Permanent Mission of Germany, UN-Water, Franciscans International, International Rivers, Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Ulsan International Development Cooperation Center (UIDCC) and ONGAWA. Youth aged between 19 - 24 are invited to produce and submit a video (v-log) or any other digital content on: “the human rights to water and sanitation of peoples living close to the nature" including, but not limited to, indigenous peoples, peasants, farmers, fisherfolks, hunters and gatherers, livestock rearers, and traders. The deadline for submission is: 15 February 2022. For more information on the challenge: English, Français, Español. | »

15.09.2021

REAL-Water Program to Expand Rural Water Services Knowledge Base RWSN partners in Consortium Awarded $18.9 Million USAID Cooperative Agreement

Skat Foundation, Water Mission and Aguaconsult are members of a consortium led by The Aquaya Institute that has been awarded a five-year, $18.9 million Cooperative Agreement from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the Rural Evidence and Learning for Water (REAL-Water) program. REAL-Water will evaluate strategies for expanding access to safe and sustainable rural water across the developing world. Eight out of ten people without basic water services live in rural areas. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires a thorough understanding of rural water supply challenges and solutions. The Rural Evidence and Learning for Water (REAL-Water) program will support research on three primary topics: 1. Professionalization of rural water service delivery 2. Strengthening of water quality monitoring in rural areas 3. Improved planning for water resources REAL-Water will support policy makers, development partners, and service providers to make strategic decisions and implement best practices for water management through implementation research. It will also ensure coordination with related USAID programs that contribute to the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) and Water Resources Management (WRM) knowledge base, in alignment with the USAID Water for the World Implementation Research Agenda. REAL-Water is an initiative of the Center for Water Security, Sanitation and Hygiene (CWSSH) in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security with support from the Office for Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health. | »

25.08.2021

Un guide pratique pour dépasser le jargon entre les spécialistes des thématiques de genre et les praticiens de l'eau.

Autonomisation des femmes par le biais d’activités d'approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural : Un guide pratique par et pour les praticiens du Réseau d’approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural (RWSN) combine les apports et les exemples des ingénieurs avec le langage et l'expertise des spécialistes des thématiques de genre, et vise à faire le pont entre ces deux mondes. Le guide est le résultat d'un processus de co-création avec les membres du RWSN (atelier virtuel, e-discussion, édition d'une première version du document) et d'une consultation avec des spécialistes des thématiques de genre tout au long du processus pour s'assurer que le produit final équilibre à la fois les concepts clés et le jargon des spécialistes, ainsi que les contributions et les besoins des praticiens. Le guide est désormais disponible en anglais, français et espagnol. | »

11.05.2021

RWSN Roadmap - going further for universal safe water Aller aller plus loin pour l'accès universel à l'eau potable // ir más allá por el agua segura universal

The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) is a leading global knowledge network on water and development. RWSN needs to be ambitious, responding to real needs at local and global levels; reaching as many rural water practitioners as possible; connecting, inspiring, and motivating; building capacity and knowledge; connecting people for joint learning and action; and supporting and amplifying the innovative and transformative work of our members. This is an invitation to all those interested in rural water supply, and connected issues, to help us shape the future of the network over the next 10 years. | »

19.03.2021

Would you like to be a mentor or benefit from mentoring this year? Join the RWSN Mentoring Programme! (ENG/ FR/ SP) Souhaitez-vous être un mentor ou bénéficier d'un mentorat cette année ? ¿Le gustaría ser un mentor o beneficiarse de un mentor este año?

In 2021, for the third consecutive year, RWSN is running its mentoring programme for the water sector. Hundreds of our members have already participated in the RWSN mentoring programme in previous years. This year, it will be run slightly differently as we are using an online platform for mentors and mentees to be able to find each other directly, and we are expanding the “mentee” category to include all women in the water sector. How does the RWSN Mentoring Programme work? Our mentoring scheme connects a mentor and a mentee in the water sector and is expected to last at least 6 months to help mentees at the beginning of their career or during a career transition. Mentors and mentees find each other via our online platform, and then maintain communication through Skype, WhatsApp, email, messages etc. What are the benefits of the RWSN Mentoring Programme? To get an idea of the benefits of participating in the RWSN Mentoring Programme, you can watch this video where some of the 2019 RWSN mentees and mentors shared their experience, and read the blogs from some of our mentors and mentees from the class of 2020: Byamukama Arinaitwe (Uganda) and Engineer Oria-Usifo Ehi Ekiado (Nigeria); Joshua Azaki (South Africa) and Dr. Vassiki Sanogo (USA); Janvier Ngabo (Rwanda) and Nura Boru (Ethiopia); and Amanda Mugwambi (Zimbabwe) and Susana Sandoz (Canada). Who is the RWSN Mentoring Programme for? The 2021 RWSN Mentoring programme is open to all RWSN members and free of charge, thanks to the financial support of SENSE Foundation. If you are not yet a RWSN member, you can join RWSN here. • Mentees: Young professionals under the age of 35 and women of all ages are eligible to be mentees. In the past, the mentoring programme aimed at matching young professionals under the age of 35 with more senior professionals in the water sector. This year, backed by popular demand and feedback from participants last year, we have expanded the mentee category to include not only young professionals but also women of all ages working in the water sector. There is no minimum level of experience required. Students are welcome to participate. Mentees who have participated in the RWSN mentoring programme previously in 2020 and 2019 are not eligible to participate as mentees again in 2021 (but they can participate as mentors if eligible). • Mentors: There is no age requirement for mentors (senior professionals), but they should have a minimum of 5-7 years of professional experience in the water sector. We are looking for a range of mentors with different levels of experience and a variety of skills, so don’t hesitate to apply even if you feel that you may not be ‘senior’ enough. Mentors are welcome to participate in the RWSN mentoring programme as many times as they want. • We strongly encourage women to sign up both as mentors and mentees, as they are currently under-represented in our membership and in the sector more broadly – and we would like this to change! Interested and want to join as a mentor, mentee, or both? Read our guidance document first (in English, French or Spanish) to check that you understand your role and are eligible, and then sign up through our online platform (register at the bottom of the page). You may find these guidelines helpful to navigate the online platform. The number of participants of the RWSN Mentoring Programme is capped at 300 this year, on a first-come, first-served basis – so sign up early to avoid disappointment! | »

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