Young people are agents of change and constitute the generation that will be working towards the realisation of the SDGs and beyond, to ensure universal WASH services and improved water management practices. They make up a large proportion of the population in developing countries: more than 40% of the people on the planet are younger than 25, and more than 55% are younger than 35. As such, it is important to engage with young people in the water sector.
Under its new strategy 2018-2023, RWSN is placing an emphasis on engaging with young people in the rural water sector, with a specific focus on young professionals. This aligns with the objective of the network to raise the knowledge, competence and professionalism of its members, and thereby contribute to the professional development of young professionals in the rural water sector.
Are you under the age of 35, and a young professional interested working towards in rural water services for all? Would you like to get involved and benefit from RWSN's services?
- Join the RWSN online community dedicated to young professionals (it's free and takes a few seconds) to stay in the loop in relation to activities and opportunities for young professionals in the water sector.
- Participate in the RWSN Mentoring programme for young professionals. Over 700 young professionals have benefited from RWSN's mentoring programme since 2019. We are currently looking for partners for the 2022 edition of the RWSN Mentoring programme for young professionals and women of all ages. For more information about the RWSN Mentoring Programme and its impact, see our flyer.
- Download RWSN's Young Professionals Engagement Strategy (2018) and let us know what you think.
- Benefit from events and networking opportunities for young professionals. In 2019, for instance, RWSN organised a competition to send a young water professional to Stockholm World Water Week (August 25-30, 2019) to report on the issues relevant to the rural water sector and to young people in particular. See here for more information.
- If you are a member of a youth organisation working in the water sector, your organisation can join the network as a member organisation;
- Follow us on social media to stay updated (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn...)
If you have some comments to our strategy, or any additional ideas or questions on how to involve young professionals in the network, please contact Meleesa Naughton at the RWSN Secretariat.