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RWSN Strategy/Stratégie 2024-2030 Public Consultation open until 30 November / Consultation publique jusqu'au 30 novembre

Project start: 2024 • Project finished: 2030
Collaborators:
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Summary

The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) is the only global network dedicated to supporting rural water professionals as they strive to ensure universal access to safe, affordable water for drinking and livelihoods. This Strategy sets out the Vision, Mission and Aims of the network up to 2030. We summarise the main trends, challenges and opportunities, and how we as a network can make a strategically significant contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals and Human Right to Water. Based on our three pillars of strength, this strategy sets out our Theory of Change, structure, perspectives and thematic priorities and around which members can use our network to collaborate, share, learn and improve. This document is also an invitation to be part of a global movement to achieve and sustain universal access to safe drinking water, and to contribute to broader goals of rural development and poverty eradication.

Le réseau rural d'approvisionnement en eau (RWSN) est le seul réseau mondial dédié au soutien des professionnels de l'eau en milieu rural qui s'efforcent d'assurer un accès universel à une eau saine et abordable pour la consommation et les moyens de subsistance. Cette stratégie définit la vision, la mission et les objectifs du réseau à l'horizon 2030. Nous résumons les principales tendances, les défis et les opportunités, et la manière dont nous pouvons, en tant que réseau, apporter une contribution stratégique significative aux objectifs de développement durable et au droit de l'homme à l'eau. Fondée sur nos trois piliers, cette stratégie définit notre théorie du changement, notre structure, nos perspectives et nos priorités thématiques, autour desquelles les membres peuvent utiliser notre réseau pour collaborer, partager, apprendre et s'améliorer. Ce document est également une invitation à faire partie d'un mouvement mondial visant à atteindre et à maintenir l'accès universel à l'eau potable, et à contribuer aux objectifs plus larges du développement rural et de l'éradication de la pauvreté.

WHO’s updated Guidelines for small drinking-water supplies and associated sanitary inspection tools Launch: 15 February

Project start: 2024 • Project finished:
Collaborators: WHO, RWSN
Funder: WHO


Summary

#Webinar alert! World Health Organization and RWSN - Rural Water Supply Network will hold a global webinar on 15 February to launch WHO's updated Guidelines for drinking-water quality: small water supplies, and the associated Sanitary inspection packages – a supporting tool for the Guidelines for drinking water quality: small water supplies.

These publications build on over 60 years of guidance by WHO on drinking-water quality and safety, and together update and supersede WHO’s 1997 guidance addressing the surveillance and control of community supplies. The new publications provide practical guidance for progressive improvements towards safe and sustainable drinking-water services for people served by the full diversity of small water supplies.

In this session, participants will gain awareness of key features of the Guidelines and tools, exchange with experts and practitioners on implementing the recommendations and guidance, and gain insights into upcoming efforts to further support implementation of the guidance.

Open Call: RWSN Chair (2024-2027) Opportunité : Président du RWSN (2024-2027)

Project start: 2024 • Project finished: 2027
Collaborators:
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Summary

• Do you have a vision of a world in which all people enjoy safely managed water services that are resilient and sustainable?
• Do you see a way to improve the quality of rural water services and their management?

We are seeking an exceptional individual to become the new Chair of the network for the next three years (2024-2027). The role and criteria are outlined in the call. The position carries no remuneration, but expenses are covered where applicable, but it is unique opportunity to be a global ambassador and champion for rural people and water professionals.

You can nominate yourself or someone else.

Mentoring programme / Programme de mentorat / Programa de tutoría Mentor and mentee registration is now open! L'inscription des mentors et des mentorés est maintenant ouverte ! Ya está abierto el plazo de inscripción para mentores y alumnos.

Project start: 2024 • Project finished: 2024
Collaborators: WASH Agenda for Change, Women in WASH Mentoring Program
Funder: Global Water Center, CARE


Summary

Join the 2024 RWSN Mentoring programme in collaboration with Agenda for Change and Global Water Center - and seize the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sectors.

Why Should You Apply? We have an exceptional lineup of mentors eager to guide you on your journey. This is your chance to tell us why you're excited about the water sector and what you're passionate about achieving. Remember, competition is fierce, so the more you share about yourself, your goals, and your enthusiasm for the program, the better your chances of success! What Do You Want to Work On? Whether it is advancing your career, sharpening your skills, or making a difference in your community, our mentoring program is tailored to your needs. Share your aspirations with us, and let's work together to make them a reality. The programme is available in English, Spanish, and French.
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Rejoignez le programme de mentorat 2024 RWSN en collaboration avec Agenda for Change et Global Water Center - et saisissez l'opportunité d'apprendre de professionnels expérimentés dans les secteurs de l'eau, de l'assainissement et de l'hygiène (WASH).

Pourquoi postuler ? Nous disposons d'un groupe exceptionnel de mentors désireux de vous guider dans votre parcours. C'est l'occasion de nous dire pourquoi le secteur de l'eau vous passionne et ce que vous souhaitez réaliser. N'oubliez pas que la concurrence est féroce. Plus vous en direz sur vous, sur vos objectifs et sur votre enthousiasme pour le programme, plus vous aurez de chances de réussir ! Sur quoi voulez-vous travailler ? Qu'il s'agisse de faire progresser votre carrière, d'affiner vos compétences ou de faire une différence dans votre communauté, notre programme de mentorat est adapté à vos besoins. Faites-nous part de vos aspirations et travaillons ensemble pour les concrétiser. Le programme est disponible en anglais, en espagnol et en français.
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Únase al programa 2024 RWSN Mentoring, en colaboración con Agenda for Change y Global Water Center, y aproveche la oportunidad de aprender de profesionales experimentados en los sectores del agua, el saneamiento y la higiene (WASH).

¿Por qué deberías solicitarlo? Tenemos un grupo excepcional de mentores deseosos de guiarte en tu viaje. Esta es tu oportunidad para contarnos por qué te entusiasma el sector del agua y qué te apasiona conseguir. Recuerda que la competencia es feroz, así que cuanto más compartas sobre ti, tus objetivos y tu entusiasmo por el programa, mayores serán tus posibilidades de éxito. ¿En qué quiere trabajar? Tanto si se trata de avanzar en su carrera profesional, perfeccionar sus habilidades o marcar la diferencia en su comunidad, nuestro programa de mentores se adapta a sus necesidades. Comparte con nosotros tus aspiraciones y trabajemos juntos para hacerlas realidad. El programa está disponible en inglés, español y francés.

Call to water services providers to support young professionals' careers

Project start: 2023 • Project finished: 2023
Collaborators: Aquafed
Funder: Netherlands government through the Valuing Water Initiative


RWSN Webinar early series, May- Jun 2023 RWSN Webinar early series, May- Jun 2023

Project start: 2023 • Project finished: 2023
Collaborators:
Funder: Skat Foundation (Sufosec Alliance), the Waterloo Foundation


Summary

Source of presentations and recordings of the Early 2023 RWSN Webinar series

This year we will host our first webinar series of 4 webinar between 30 May and 27 June. Please see the titles and dates of the webinars below
• 30 May – Opportunities and Challenges of Government-led SDG 6.1 monitoring in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States (Leave no one behind and Data for Action Themes)
• 6 June – Stop the rot - Handpump Upgrade…to Be, or Not to Be? (Design Outreach/Waterloo Foundation/Sustainable Groundwater Development Theme)
• 20 June – Water for food, for drinking, and for rural development - examples at scale (Self Supply Theme)
• 27 June – Customary water tenure 1 (MUS Theme and IYRP group)

Links for registration below

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Source des présentations et des enregistrements de la série de webinaires RWSN Early 2023.

Cette année, nous organiserons notre première série de 4 webinaires entre le 30 mai et le 27 juin. Veuillez consulter les titres et les dates des webinaires ci-dessous

- 30 mai - Opportunités et défis du suivi de l'ODD 6.1 mené par le gouvernement dans les États fragiles et touchés par un conflit (ne laisser personne de côté et thèmes des données pour l'action)
- 6 juin - Halte aux dégradation - Amélioration des pompes à main... à faire ou à ne pas faire ? (Design Outreach/Waterloo Foundation/Thème du développement durable des eaux souterraines)
- 20 juin - L'eau pour l'alimentation, la boisson et le développement rural - exemples à l'échelle (thème de l'auto-approvisionnement)
- 27 juin - Tenure coutumière de l'eau 1 (Thème MUS et groupe IYRP)

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Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible World Water Day 2022

Project start: 2022 • Project finished: 2020
Collaborators: UN-Water
Funder:


Summary

Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater. For rural areas it is often the safest, most reliable water resources.

As climate change gets worse, groundwater will become more and more critical. We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource. Groundwater may be out of sight, but it must not be out of mind.

RWSN Early Webinar Series 2022 Série de webinaires RWSN 2022

Project start: 2022 • Project finished: 2022
Collaborators:
Funder: SDC, Skat Foundation, Design Outreach, Waterloo Foundation and contributions from Theme Leaders and presenters


Summary

Greetings /Bonjour (message en français plus bas ),

Mark your calendars! RWSN is delighted to announce its 2022 early series of 6 webinars (on-line seminars), running from April 5th until June 28th, in Englis and/or French

5 Apr - Policy influence for ultra-deep reaching hand pumps (Sponsored by Design Outreach)
26 Apr - Stop the Rot: Taking action to prevent the use of poor quality handpumps (Sponsored by Waterloo Foundation)
31 May - Self-supply hotspots: the case of Bangladesh
7 Jun - Pastoralist water management and rights
21 Jun - Embedding solar pumping best practices
28 Jun - Service delivery models for rural water supply

Series Sponsor: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Lifelong Learning Strategy / Stratégie d'apprentissage tout au long de la vie Estrategia de formación continua / Estratégia de aprendizagem ao longo da vida

Project start: 2022 • Project finished: 2030
Collaborators: RWSN
Funder: Open to new partnerships


Summary

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 presents ways in which the network can continue to create and grow value in the coming 5-10 years:
1. Connect those seeking specialist training and mentoring with those who can provide that support.
2. Build partnerships to identify and fill thematic gaps in capacity development of rural water supply professionals and organisations, at global and regional levels.
3. Act as a broker to support scaling-up of ideas and organisations through training, mentoring, coaching and match-making between potential partners.
4. Providing value for money and easy-to-use, transparent procurement options so that RWSN achieves full cost recovery for providing these services.

We are inviting feedback on our draft Lifelong Learning Strategy

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Le RWSN est un réseau mondial de professionnels et d'organisations du secteur de l'approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural qui s'engagent à améliorer leurs connaissances, leurs compétences et leur professionnalisme, afin de concrétiser la vision du RWSN de services d'eau durables pour tous en milieu rural. Tant les individus que les organisations participent au réseau.
Cette stratégie présente les moyens par lesquels le réseau peut continuer à créer et à accroître sa valeur dans les 5 à 10 prochaines années :
1. Connecter ceux qui recherchent une formation spécialisée et un mentorat avec ceux qui peuvent fournir ce soutien.
2. Construire des partenariats pour identifier et combler les lacunes thématiques dans le développement des capacités des professionnels et des organisations de l'approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural, aux niveaux mondial et régional.
3. Agir en tant que courtier pour soutenir la mise à l'échelle des idées et des organisations par le biais de la formation, du mentorat, du coaching et de la mise en relation entre partenaires potentiels.
4. Fournir un bon rapport qualité-prix et des options d'approvisionnement faciles à utiliser et transparentes, afin que le RWSN parvienne à un recouvrement total des coûts pour la fourniture de ces services.

Nous vous invitons à nous faire part de vos commentaires sur notre projet de stratégie d'apprentissage tout au long de la vie

UN Groundwater Summit 2022 7-8 December 2022 | Pre-Summit events: 6 December 2022 UNESCO HQ in Paris, France

Project start: 2022 • Project finished: 2022
Collaborators: UN-Water
Funder:


Summary

The UN-Water Summit on Groundwater will be the culminating event of the 2022 campaign “Groundwater: making the invisible visible”, implemented by the dedicated UN-Water Task Force, co-coordinated by UNESCO and the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), on behalf of UN-Water. The main messages from the Summit will be conveyed to the United Nations 2023 Water Conference.

A Global Pledge to Protect Drinking Water from Lead World Water Day / UN Water Conference 2023

Project start: 2022 • Project finished: 2040
Collaborators: Governments of South Africa, Uganda and Ghana, WHO, UNICEF, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, LIXIL, RTI international, World Plumbing Council, University of North Carolina, World Vision, IAPMO, RWSN, University of Leeds, WaterAid,
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Summary

Nothing is more fundamental to human health and well-being than access to safe drinking water. In 2016, world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including SDG 6 — a universal call to action to provide access to safe and affordable drinking water to every person, everywhere, by 2030. As part of our global commitment to provide water that is free from microbial hazards and priority chemical contaminants that impact human health, we launch this global initiative to work towards lead-free drinking water by 2040.

New Book: Self-supply - Filling the gaps in public water supply provision

Project start: 2021 • Project finished:
Collaborators: Dr Sally Sutton (Ind), Dr John Butterworth (IRC), Practical Action Publishing
Funder: IRC, SWL Consultants


Stop the Rot! A project in action research and catalysing action to ensure the quality of water lifting technologies for drinking water in sub–Saharan Africa.

Project start: 2021 • Project finished: 2022
Collaborators: Ask for Water GmbH, Skat Foundation
Funder: Waterloo Foundation


Summary

The Challenge

1) Premature corrosion and failure of water supply hardware, such as handpumps, is widespread across Sub-Saharan Africa, but evidence is limited and largely anecdotal.
2) For tens of millions of Africans who depend on handpumps for their daily water needs, these failures threaten their health and livelihoods.
3) Despite millions of dollars wasted on poor quality hardware, there seems to be a lack of interest among key international donors and other development partners that fund rural water supply services to engage in the problem of variable handpump quality.

This new RWSN initiative by Skat Foundation and Ask for Water GmbH strives to find ways in which key stakeholders can ensure that handpump technologies and spare parts that are installed for drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa are consistently of high quality and can last

REAL-Water Rural Evidence and Learning for Water / Attestation et Apprentissage Ruraux pour L'Eau

Project start: 2021 • Project finished: 2026
Collaborators: Aguaconsult, WELL Labs, KNUST, Safe Water for Network, Water Mission, RWSN
Funder: REAL-Water is supported through a $18.9 million Cooperative Agreement between USAID and The Aquaya Institute (Aquaya)


Summary

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 USAID programs contributing 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 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.

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REAL-Water aidera les décideurs politiques, les partenaires de développement et les prestataires deservices à prendre des décisions stratégiques et à mettre en oeuvre les meilleures pratiques de gestion del'eau grâce à la recherche sur la mise en oeuvre. La coordination sera également assurée avec lesprogrammes de l'USAID contribuant à la base de connaissances sur l'eau, l'assainissement et l'hygiène(WASH) et la gestion des ressources en eau (WRM), conformément au programme de recherche sur la miseen oeuvre de l'eau pour le monde de l'USAID.

REAL-Water est une initiative du Centre pour la sécurité de l'eau, l'assainissement et l'hygiène du Bureaupour la résilience et la sécurité alimentaire de l'USAID, avec le soutien du Bureau de la santé maternelle etinfantile et de la nutrition au sein du Bureau de la santé mondiale de l'USAID.

New REAL-Water Publications for January 2024

Project start: 2021 • Project finished: 2025
Collaborators: Aquaya Institute, Aguaconsult, KNUST, Safe Water Network, RWSN, Water Mission, UTS-ISF
Funder: USAID


Summary

REAL-Water is now in its third year and fieldwork is well underway. In the meantime there is a pipeline of new publications from the early work:

Women’s empowerment through rural water supply / Autonomisation des femmes par le biais d’activités d'approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural A practical guide / Un guide pratique / Una guía práctica

Project start: 2020 • Project finished:
Collaborators: RWSN Members from the Leave No-one Behind Community
Funder: SDC


Summary

This practical guide is the result of a consultation and co-creation process with members of the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN). Engineers and gender experts have come together to overcome jargon barriers from their respective disciplines. This guide aims to pro-vide water specialists with the language and knowledge on how best to work with gender experts to build more transformative activities.

Ce guide pratique est le fruit d'un processus de concertation et de cocréation avec les membres du réseau d’approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural (Rural Water Supply Network, RWSN). Des ingénieurs et des spécialistes des questions de genre se sont réunis pour faire tomber les barrières du jargon de leurs disciplines respectives. Ce guide a pour but d'apporter aux spécialistes de l'eau le langage et les connaissances sur la meilleure façon de travailler avec des spécialistes des questions de genre pour élaborer des activités plus transformatrices.

Esta guía práctica es el resultado de un proceso de consulta y de co-creación con miembros de la Red Rural de Abastecimiento de Agua (RWSN). Ingenieros y expertos en género se han unido para superar las barreras que supone la jerga de sus respectivas disciplinas. Esta guía tiene como objetivo proporcionar a los especialistas en agua el lenguaje y el conocimiento sobre la mejor manera de trabajar con expertos en género para construir actividades más transformadoras.

The REACH/RWSN 100 Million Initiative A Global Diagnostic of rural water service providers to inform results-based funding

Project start: 2020 • Project finished: 2030
Collaborators: REACH; Uptime Consortium; University of Oxford; other partners
Funder: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)


Summary

Following the 100 Million Initiative global diagnostic study of rural water service providers, the RWSN-REACH 100 Million Initiative is proceeding to a second round of data collection, and inviting rural water service providers to submit a sample of service data from part of their operations for the period of one quarter of a year. This sample data will be used to identify rural water service providers who are able to provide sufficient data quality to participate in results-based funding arrangements that funders could establish. This process will also be used to help potential donors understand the size and scale of service providers who may be ready for results-based funding.

L'initiative REACH/RWSN pour 100 millions de personnes (100M) Un diagnostic global des fournisseurs de services d'eau en milieu rural pour éclairer le financement basé sur les résultats

Project start: 2020 • Project finished: 2030
Collaborators: REACH; Uptime Consortium; University of Oxford; autres partenaires
Funder: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)


Summary

Suite à l'enquête de diagnostic mondial de l'Initiative 100 Millions auprès de fournisseurs de services d'eau en milieu rural, l'Initiative RWSN-REACH 100 Millions procède à un deuxième cycle de collecte de données et invite les fournisseurs de services d'eau en milieu rural à transmettre un échantillon de données de service d'une partie de leurs activités pour une période couvrant un trimestre d'une année. Cet échantillon de données sera utilisé pour identifier les fournisseurs de services d'eau en milieu rural qui sont en mesure de fournir une qualité de données suffisante pour participer à des accords de financement basé sur les résultats que des bailleurs de fonds pourraient établir. Ce processus sera également utilisé pour aider les donateurs potentiels à comprendre la taille et l'importance des fournisseurs de services qui peuvent être prêts pour un financement basé sur les résultats.

SIRWASH: Sustainable and Innovative Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Servicios sostenibles e innovadores de Agua, Saneamiento e Higiene en zonas rurales – SIRWASH

Project start: 2020 • Project finished: 2024
Collaborators: IDB, SuSanA
Funder: SDC


Summary

The general objective of the SIRWASH programme is to improve enabling policy, innovation and knowledge exchange environments and to foster the necessary capacities to deliver quality WASH services to rural communities with a particular focus on vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

In 2023, RWSN is collaborating with the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) and the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) to share good practices an experiences within Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and encourage South-South exchange on rural WASH with practitioners in Africa and Asia.

Join us for the #SIRWASH Webinar 1: Regional and National Monitoring of Rural WASH
Mark your calendars for October 4, 2023, at 16:00 (CEST) / 10:00 (EST) / 14:00 (GMT)

This is the first event of the webinar series of the SIRWASH Programme (Sustainable and Innovative Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

The event will be multilingual, with simultaneous translation into EN, FR, PT, and SP.

We will be joined by an esteemed lineup of partners and organizations:
-Inter-American Development Bank with the support of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
-Asian Development Bank (ADB)
-African Development Bank Group
-Water For People
-RWSN - Rural Water Supply Network / Skat Foundation

Safe Water: monitoring, data and decisions Une eau potable gérée en toute sécurité: surveillance, données, décisions

Project start: 2019 • Project finished: -
Collaborators: University of North Carolina, RWSN
Funder:


Summary

New partnership between RWSN and The Water Institute of UNC
Nouveau partenariat entre RWSN et le Water Institute à UNC Chapel Hill

We are excited to announce a new partnership between RWSN and The Water Institute at UNC Chapel Hill. This partnership will leverage the RWSN platform and The Water Institute’s expertise in water quality and management to bring up-to-date evidence and methods to the members of the network. As a new Topic Leader in Mapping and Monitoring,

The Water Institute aims to bring evidence and practice closer by facilitating lively discussion and producing practical guidance on Safely Managed Water. The new partnership will begin in 2019, so look out for The Water Institute’s new weekly Mapping Monday posts in the RWSN Mapping and Monitoring online community in the New Year!

Nous sommes ravis d'annoncer un nouveau partenariat entre RWSN et le Water Institute à UNC Chapel Hill. Ce partenariat s’appuiera sur la plateforme RWSN et sur l’expertise du Water Institute en matière de qualité et de gestion de l’eau pour apporter des données et des méthodes scientifiques de pointe aux membres du réseau. En tant que nouveau responsable du Thème cartographie et de surveillance, The Water Institute a pour objectif de rapprocher la science et les pratique en facilitant une discussion animée et en produisant des conseils pratiques sur une eau gérée de manière sûre. Le nouveau partenariat débutera en 2019, alors ne manquez pas les nouveaux articles hebdomadaires intitulés Mapping Monday du Water Institute dans la communauté en ligne RWSN dédiée à la cartographie et au suivi !

RWSN Publications - now on Practical Answers RWSN Publications - maintenant sur Practical Answers

Project start: 2018 • Project finished:
Collaborators: RWSN, Practical Action
Funder: SDC


Summary

To help rural water professionals get access to the inform they need, RWSN has teamed up with Practical Action to make some of our leading publications available on the Practical Answers website and mobile App.

Let is know if there are any particular resources or publications that you would like to have on this platform.

Pour aider les professionnels de l’eau en milieu rural à accéder aux informations dont ils ont besoin, le RWSN s’est associé à Practical Action pour rendre certaines de nos principales publications disponibles sur le site Web de Practical Answers et l’application mobile.

Indiquez s'il existe des ressources ou des publications particulières que vous aimeriez avoir sur cette plate-forme.

Challenges of Water Well Drillers & Water Well Drillers Associations Case Studies of Six Countries Angola, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda and United States of America

Project start: 2018 • Project finished: 2020
Collaborators: Skat Foundation
Funder: Skat Foundation


Summary

Groundwater has been identified as the key to sustainable development and forms the foundation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (UN-Water, 2018). Although not properly recognised in the SDG framework, its importance is seen in its provisioning and regulating functions (e.g. maintaining river base flow, preventing land subsidence and seawater intrusion), and acting as a solution for climate change adaptation. Groundwater accounts for over 97% of the world’s freshwater resources, and it is readily available.
Groundwater is diminishing in some regions, and water quality deterioration is increasing (UN-Water, 2018). With no incentives to save groundwater, the impacts of unsustainable use are slow and multiple (Villholth, 2018). In order to sustainably manage groundwater resources, intervention is needed at different levels and in accordance with local contexts.
Drillers are in direct contact with groundwater resources and thus understand key issues on the ground. If well organised, such as in the form of an association, and empowered with knowledge, drillers can advocate for and influence policies at state and national levels, and even lobby the governments to bring groundwater issues to the forefront.

Sustainability Assessment of Rural Water Service Delivery Models Findings of a Multi-Country Review

Project start: 2016 • Project finished: 2017
Collaborators: The World Bank, Aguaconsult, IRC
Funder: The World Bank


Summary

Failure by governments and development partners to ensure sustained access to basic water supplies in rural areas is, to a large extent, the result of inadequate investment to deliver infrastructure where needed. It is also the result of a failure to ensure that infrastructure, once in place, continues to effectively provide the expected services over time.
Impressive gains from the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) era remain fragile and at risk, with various empirical studies indicating that 30 percent to 40 percent of rural water infrastructure is not functioning or functions below expected service levels (RWSN 2010).

REACH: Improving water security for the poor A global research programme to improve water security for millions of poor people in Asia and Africa.

Project start: 2015 • Project finished: 2022
Collaborators: Oxford University, UNICEF, Water and Land Resource Centre, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, icddr,b, University of Dhaka, University of Nairobi, IFPRI, IWA, RWSN, IRC.
Funder: DFID


Summary

REACH is a seven-year, global programme of research (2015-2022) led by Oxford University and funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) that aims to improve water security for over 5 million poor people by 2022.

As a Research into Action partner, the Rural Water Supply Network will support the design and implementation of the programme’s communications strategy, supporting the uptake of the research findings and ensuring that they translate into positive policy and practice outcomes.

Professionalising Manual Drilling UNICEF, Skat Foundation

Project start: 2013 • Project finished: 2014
Collaborators: UNICEF, Skat Foundation
Funder: UNICEF, Skat Foundation


Summary

Building and supporting local enterprises to develop markets and undertake manual drilling in a professional manner.

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