RWSN’s vision is of a world in which all rural people have access to sustainable and reliable water supplies which can be effectively managed to provide sufficient, affordable and safe water within a reasonable distance of the home.

The Vision and Mission remain unchanged from the previous strategy (2015-17) because they remain as relevant as ever and align with the Sustainable Development Goal 6.1 that “By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all”.


  • People are at the heart of solving rural water supply challenges
  • Openness and respect allows for free exchange of experience and knowledge and disagreement is handled in a reasoned and respectful way
  • Improved collaboration and learning are core to eliminating poverty and achieving the Vision and
  • We should always lead by example with professionalism, a commitment to high quality work, integrity and a focus on water user needs.


RWSN is a global network of rural water supply professionals and organisations committed to improving their knowledge, competence and professionalism, to fulfil RWSN’s vision of sustainable rural water services for all. Both individuals and organisations participate in the network.

This strategy is for 6 years (2018-2023) with a longer term view to the SDG target year of 2030. The focus for the next six years are on five Themes:

Leave No-one Behind

To develop practical responses to the SDG mandate to leave no-one behind,  recognising that the causes of exclusion include physical, attitudinal and institutional barriers, and that realisation of human rights to water and sanitation for the most marginalised requires a focus on power relations.

Sustainable Groundwater Development

Groundwater resources are properly assessed and sustainably developed and managed for drinking water supply and other uses, so ensuring their long term quality and security.

Sustainable Services

Rural water supply services are adequately financed, meet country service delivery standards, are managed and supported by capacitated service providers and service authorities.


1) The potential and limitations of Supported Self-supply as a service delivery approach for rural water supply is understood and recognized by government agencies, development partners, water users and other key actors.

2) The approach of Supported Self-supply is applied where appropriate.

Mapping & Monitoring

Decision-making for ensuring sustainable rural water services (e.g. resource allocation, external support) is evidence based and uses information generated by robust data.

We are always looking for partners to collaborate on these issues. If you are interested in learning more about what we do, do not hesitate and contact us.

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