From 6 to 26 April 2020, RWSN and the Water Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ran this e-discussion organised and moderated by Michael Fisher (UNC), Nikki Behnke (UNC), Sean Furey (RWSN) and Sandra Fürst (RWSN). The present document summarizes the contributions by 42 participants received during this e-discussion. Weekly summaries were prepared by Michael Fisher (UNC), Emma Kelly (UNC), and Abby McNaughton (UNC), and form the basis of this overall summary. | »
The 2019 UNDP Cap-Net/Skat Foundation online course on Professional Management of Water Well Drilling Projects and Programmes enabled 97 participants working for NGOs, the United Nations, governments, private enterprises and academic/training institutions in more than 34 countries to improve their skills and knowledge on: groundwater information and siting; costing and pricing, procurement and contract management ; borehole drilling and supervision and institutional and legal frameworks. The course concludes with participants engaging in dialogue with other stakeholders and determining actions to raise drilling professionalism within their respective organisation and country. The course was also held in 2018.
A sister document has been prepared and is available the public domain: Danert, K (2020) Groundwater and Drilling: Insights from over 50 Countries, Skat Foundation, St. Gallen, Switzerland, | »
This report draws together the insights on drilling on groundwater and drilling from 181 participants that were shared on the 2018 and 2019 UNDP Cap-Net/Skat Foundation courses entitled Professional Management of Water Well Drilling Projects and Programmes. The report provides insights into groundwater dependency, self-supply, groundwater data, siting, supervision, procurement and contract management, the institutional and legal framework, and the drilling industry from over 50 countries. | »
Los miembros del RWSN reciben un boletín electrónico trimestral, disponible en inglés y francés. La secretaría de la RWSN está tratando de poner este recurso a disposición de sus miembros de habla hispana. Si desea recibir noticias del RWSN en español, envíenos un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org con el título Noticias en español. | »
The UNESCO Chair for “Appropriate Technologies for Human Development” at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid hosted a seminar on the role manual drilling for universal access to drinking water. Eleven professionals attended the event, sharing specific experiences from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda and Senegal, and providing insights from many other countries. The suite of presentations (which can be downloaded individually below) covered the following topics: groundwater potential in Africa, the development and uptake of manual drilling, legal frameworks and regulations, drillers associations, groundwater data and manual drilling and the SDGs.
The format, which was that of an academic seminar provided a platform for a rich exchange, with plenty of ideas flowing between the participants. Some actions will be fairly easy to take forward, while others require in-depth work. However, the seminar concluded that manual drilling is already playing an important role towards the sustainable development goal target for water, and will continue to do so in the future. The question is how to ensure that quality standards can be upheld, while local enterprises flourish, and groundwater resources taken fully into consideration.
To learn more about manual drilling: https://www.rural-water-supply.net/en/sustainable-groundwater-management/manual-drilling | »