Become a member of RWSN

Join the network

There are many reasons why you should join the RWSN network?

More than 12,000 rural water professionals and 90 organisations worldwide are members of the Rural Water Supply Network. Join us now to build a world in which all rural people have access to sustainable and reliable water supplies. We interact 24/7 on global discussion forums in English, French, and Spanish.

1. Join as an individual member

Individual membership is free and open to all, but your support is needed to help us continue to provide and expand our services. If you find the network useful, please consider giving a small, regular contribution to help us reach more people.

All contributions go through Skat Foundation, a non-profit foundation based in Switzerland, and 100% will be used for RWSN activities, which we report on annually and transparently. People who make personal donations (of any amount) may choose to (a) have their names included in our public financial report or (b) remain anonymous.

Benefits of individual membership 

  1. Receive the RWSN quarterly newsletter, and stay up-to-date on the latest research and development in rural water
  2. Take part in online discussions, share your work, and ask questions to other rural water experts in our specialist online communities
  3. Access our publications library, webinars, capacity development and networking opportunities
  4. Network with other RWSN members and member organisations online and face-to-face
  5. Stay informed through our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and the RWSN blog

Your details will not be passed on or shared or sold to third parties. You can find details of our » Privacy Policy here.

 2. Join as a member organisation

More than 90 organisations worldwide are members of the Rural Water Supply Network. Being a Member Organisation of RWSN is a commitment to sharing knowledge and good practices, and to uphold the statements set out in the RWSN Vision and 2011 Kampala Commitments.

To join as a RWSN Member Organisation, please download and fill out the application form and return it to info[at]

Benefits of membership as an organisation: 

  1. Increased visibility through the logo and organisation page on the Member Organisation page of the RWSN website;
  2. Preferential posting of items in the RWSN quarterly newsletter, reaching thousands of rural water professionals in several languages; 
  3. Opportunities to Collaborate with RWSN and other RWSN Member Organisations through joint activities, or to get a larger platform at Water and WASH events. 
  4. Network with other RWSN Member Organisations through face-to-face and online events. 

Please take a look at our latest update for RWSN Member Organisations which lists some of the opportunities for collaboration, and do not hesitate to contact the RWSN Secretariat for more information.

Who can become a RWSN Member Organisation?

An organisation should fulfil the following criteria to become a Member Organisation:

  • Support the aims of RWSN
    (agree to the RWSN Vision and 2011 Kampala Commitments.)
  • Have a website
  • Be willing to insert the "RWSN Member Organisation" on your website (if technically possible) and create a link back to the RWSN website
  • Have at least three people working full time for your organisation
  • Have been a registered entity for at least 2 years

If you do not meet these requirements then the individual membership is probably more suitable. 

Conditions and cost of membership

RWSN does not set a mandatory membership fee; rather we invite each member organisation to give within their own capacity, as they consider what is possible each year. The table below reflects a guideline that we have developed to guide membership contributions. 

Small Organisation

$ 250 per year
  • 3-10 staff

Medium Organisation

$ 750 per year
  • 11-100 staff

Large Organisation

$ 1000 per year
  • 100+ staff

Network or Association  

$ 250 per year

  • An organisation of organisations

Membership is renewable annually and based on the calendar year. Please consider contributing directly via the online payment form below; alternatively please contact the RWSN Secretariat (info[at] if you need different payment arrangements. 

We are grateful to our main funder the Swiss Development Cooperation and the other organisations who have provided financial support to the RWSN Secretariat in 2020: WaterAid, Skat Consulting Ltd., UNICEF, UPGro (DFID/NERC/ESRC) and REACH (DFID/Oxford University) and the Global Aid Network.   


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