Webinar Series 2014 (Sept - Dec)

A series of eleven webinars on rainwater harvesting, groundwater research and water point mapping (RAIN - UPGro - WaterAid - IRC - RWSN)

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Events

15.09.2014 - 19.09.2014

37th WEDC International Conference Sustainable Water and Sanitation Services for All in a Fast Changing World • Hanoi, Vietnam

11.10.2014 - 19.10.2014

Water and Health 2014 University of North Carolina • Chapel Hill, USA

21.08.2014 - 07.12.2014

RWSN Webinars: Autumn 2014 Series Rainwater Harvesting, UPGro and Water Point Mapping • Webex

News • Announcements

27.08.2014

Realising the human rights to water and sanitation: A Handbook by the UN Special Rapporteur, Catarina de Albuquerque

The outgoing UN Special Rappporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, will be launching her Handbook in Geneva on the occasion of her final reporting session to the Human Rights Council in September. The Handbook will be launched on 10 September, in Room XXVII at Palais des Nations, Geneva, hosted by The Permanent Missions of Germany and Spain to the United Nations in Geneva and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Right. Everyone welcome! The Handbook will simultaneously be made available online, on Catarina's own website: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/WaterAndSanitation/SRWater/Pages/SRWaterIndex.aspx, and on the righttowater.info website. There will be second launch in New York at the end of October, and including the launch of Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese versions of the Handbook. Dates and times to be confirmed. For more information contact Virginia Roaf: virginiaroaf@gmail.com or handbook@hr2ws.org | »

21.08.2014

The Politics of Professionalism Word from the Chair

We are all professionals; you the members of RWSN are rural water supply professionals. You all work for different stakeholders, governments, NGOs or private sector. You all work at different levels: community, local government, national or international cooperation. We all have one thing in common: a professional background and enthusiasm for rural water supply. Some come from a more engineering perspective; some come from a management, social science or governance perspective. Professionals do not operate in isolation. What happens with rural water supplies is influenced by decision-makers in Ministries, by political leaders, influential leaders at a local level, community organisations and others. Many water supply professionals work in a decentralised environment. Sometime decisions are taken that professionals consider as counterproductive. For example: when funding is not targeted to those in greatest need; or when government is too slow to act, or if political leader promise things that contradict existing policies, plans or approaches. During a training that I facilitated some years ago, an engineer working for the Public Health Engineering department in one of the states in India lamented about: “…when local government talks and decides about things it does not know anything about”. The balance between professionals and decision-makers is delicate. These people live in different worlds – even using different languages and vocabulary – but they must come together and respect each other’s perspectives and positions. In many countries, professionals in water supply struggle with decision makers and vice-versa. Cooperation needs to get better: building trust, respecting positions and professional expertise, listening carefully and having the spaces for discussion and exchange. It is the only way – now and then it will be cumbersome and frustrating, but it is the only show in town. Professionalism and politics have to live together. But in the end, and to be honest, it is nice to be a professional and it is good to be proud of the profession and stand up for it; all the rest will follow from understanding and wisdom. At the World Water Week in Stockholm this year, Stef Smits, representing the RWSN, will present a case on the politics of professionalism. If you are at the conference, come and join this seminar organised by the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) initiative on Monday 1st September 2014 from 17:45 to 18:45 in Room T2. Ton Schouten, Chair | »

01.01.2014

Meet the new RWSN Chair: Ton Schouten, IRC Word from the Chair

It is a great honour to be the chair of the RWSN for the coming three years. It is an honour to take over from Richard Carter and to be in the footsteps of so many other great sector professionals that have chaired the RWSN in the past. It is an honour as well to cooperate with the highly committed secretariat of RWSN hosted by Skat Foundation. It is also quite something to be the chair of a membership organisation that brings together thousands of people from all over the world, working for all kinds of organisations and at many different levels; all sharing the same passion for rural water supply; from different angles and positions, with different interests but sharing that same vision in which people living in villages and small towns rely on a good quality and everlasting water supply. That is a great vision to contribute to. There are many organisations having that vision. However, there is only one true membership organisation and that is RWSN. I hope to be able to strengthen the sense of membership and stimulate the active participation in RWSN of all members regardless where they work and on what level. For anyone working in rural water supply being a member of RWSN should be self-evident. Very soon the preparation of the next 3 year RWSN strategy (2015-2017) will start. This will consolidate the thematic areas and activities that have been deployed over the last three years. It aims to strengthen the services to the members and stimulate their active participation. But for now: use the existing RWSN services to increase the quality of your daily work in rural water; share your ideas and experiences in the Dgroups and e-discussions; make RWSN the number one platform for those who put their professional energy in rural water supply day after day; contribute to RWSN being the voice that can speak with authority to governments, donors, external support agencies, knowledge institutes and private companies. Contributing to a safe and lasting water supply for rural people is one of the nicest things to do and it is great to know that there are thousands of members who think the same! Ton Schouten Senior Programme Officer, IRC International Water & Sanitation Centre Chair of the Rural Water Supply Network ------ =================== LE MOT DU PRESIDENT =================== C’est un grand honneur pour moi d’être le président du RWSN pour les trois années à venir. C’est un honneur de prendre la suite de Richard Carter et d’être dans les pas de tant de grands professionnels du secteur, lesquels ont présidé le RWSN dans le passé. C’est un honneur également de coopérer avec un secrétariat très engagé, hébergé par la Fondation Skat. C’est aussi quelque chose de présider une organisation d’adhérents qui rassemble des milliers de personnes de partout dans le monde, travaillant pour toute sorte d’organisations et à différents niveaux, toutes partageant la même passion pour l’accès à l’eau en milieu rural, avec des points de vue et des positions différentes mais partageant la même vision selon laquelle les personnes vivant dans les villages et les petites villes doivent compter sur un approvisionnement en eau potable de bonne qualité et qui dure toujours. C’est une grande vision à laquelle contribuer. Il y a de nombreuses organisations qui partagent cette vision. Cependant il n’y a qu’une seule vraie organisation basée sur les adhérents et c’est le RWSN. J’espère pouvoir renforcer le sentiment d’adhésion et stimuler la participation active de tous les membres dans le RWSN, sans tenir compte d’où ils travaillent et à quel niveau. Pour tout un chacun travaillant dans l’approvisionnement en eau potable, être membre du RWSN devrait être évident. Très prochainement, la préparation de la prochaine stratégie trisannuelle du RWSN (2015-2017) va démarrer. Cela va consolider les domaines thématiques et les activités qui vont être déployées sur les prochaines trois années. Cela vise à renforcer les services aux membres et à stimuler leur participation active. Mais pour l’heure : utiliser les services actuels du RWSN pour augmenter la qualité de votre travail quotidien dans le secteur de l’approvisionnement en eau potable ; partager vos idées et vos expériences dans Dgroups et dans les e-discussions ; faîtes du RWSN la plateforme numéro 1 pour ceux qui mettent leur énergie professionnelle dans l’approvisionnement en eau potable jour après jour ; contribuez au RWSN pour qu’il continue à être la voix qui peut discuter avec force avec les gouvernements, les donneurs, les agences de développement, les instituts académiques et les compagnies privées. Contribuer à un approvisionnement en eau potable durable et sûr est une des choses les plus belles qu’il soit et c’est gratifiant de savoir que des milliers de personnes pensent la même chose ! Ton Schouten Senior Programme Officer, IRC International Water & Sanitation Centre Président du “Rural Water Supply Network” | »

05.08.2013

RWSN Survey - Equity and Inclusion

We hope to continue providing this platform for promoting equity and inclusion in WASH. However, in order to provide the best service we need to know your thoughts. So we have authored a brief questionnaire (1 page with 10 questions) which we hope you will use to share your reflections and thoughts for future activities https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RWSN_equity | »

24.05.2013

New RWSN Publication: Human Right to Water: What does it mean in Practice? World Bank – RWSN Webinar with the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms Catarina de Albuquerque

We have just published an edited transcript of the World Bank-RWSN webinar on the Human Right to Water. It should enable rural water supply professionals and practitioners to understand more about what the human right to water means in practice. | »

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