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2018 RWSN Webinar early series (3rd April - 5th June 2018) Nouvelles série en français de wébinaires en 2018 sur les services d'eau en milieu rural (3 avril - 5 juin 2018) / Nueva serie de webinarios RWSN (3 de abril - 5 de junio 2018)

You can find below the presentations and recordings from the 2018 RWSN series of 10 webinars (on-line seminars) dedicated to rural water services, running every week from April 3rd until June 5th, in English, French, Spanish and/or Portuguese. This page will be updated continuously as the series progresses.

You will hear from more than 20 organisations on a range of topics, including:
• A special double session with the WHO/ UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme to find out how you can make the most of the JMP data, and how countries nationalise SDG6 targets and indicators (May 2nd and May 29th);
• The challenges specific to sustainable and safe water supply in peri-urban areas and small towns, with a focus on the urban poor (April 17th and 24th);
• Practical ways of financing to reduce corruption in the sector (April 3rd), and to improve social accountability for better rural water services (May 8th);
• A discussion on community-based water point management (April 10th), and a radio show-style session showcasing experiences with capacity strengthening for professional drilling (June 5th);
• A debate on water kiosks (May 15th), and the role of self-supply and local operator models for universal access in rural areas (May 22nd).


Vous trouverez ci-dessous les presentations et enregistrements de la nouvelle série de wébinaires 2018 RWSN (les séminaires en ligne) dédiées aux services d’eau en milieu rural, qui ont lieu chaque semaine du 3 avril au 5 juin, en anglais, français, espagnol et/ou portugais.

Nous aurons l’occasion de présenter le travail de plus d’une vingtaine d’organisations sur des sujets divers, tels que :

· Une double session avec le Joint Monitoring Programme de WHO/ UNICEF qui vous permettra d’en savoir plus sur les données du JMP, et sur la façon dont les pays traduisent les cibles et les indicateurs de l’ODD6 à l’échelle nationale (le 2 et 29 mai);

· Les défis liés à l’approvisionnement durable en eau potable en milieu péri-urbain et dans les petites villes, en particulier pour les pauvres, vivant en milieu urbain (17 et 24 avril);

· Des moyens pratiques de réduire la corruption dans le secteur (3 avril), et de faciliter la redevabilité pour de meilleurs services d’eau en milieu rural (8 mai);

· Un débat sur les kiosques à eau (15 mai).


Desde el secretariado del RWSN tenemos el gusto de anunciarles la nueva serie de webinarios (seminarios en línea), la cual se efectuará entre el 03 de abril y el 05 de junio del 2018. Esta serie comprende 10 sesiones (una sesión por semana) dedicadas a los servicios de agua rural, en inglés, francés, español y/o portugués. Tendremos la oportunidad de presentar el trabajo de muchas organizaciones sobre diversos temas, tales como:

· Una sesión doble con el Programa Conjunto de Monitoreo OMS / UNICEF que le permitirá obtener más información sobre sus datos, y cómo los países traducen los objetivos e indicadores del ODS6 a nivel nacional (2 y 29 de mayo);

· ¿Cómo podemos lograr que los proveedores y los gobiernos se sientan responsables de los servicios de agua rural? Experiencias de los miembros del RWSN (8 de mayo) ;

· Y por primera vez, una sesión en portugués sobre las experiencias relacionadas con el fortalecimiento de la capacidad para la perforación de pozos (5 de junio). | »

RWSN Strategy 2018-2023 La stratégie RWSN 2018-2023

This Strategy sets the direction of the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) for the next six years, with a mid-term review. It explains what we are trying to achieve, how, why and with whom.

The RWSN Strategy has been jointly developed with members and the final version is endorsed by the seven members of the RWSN Executive Steering Committee: the African Development Bank, IRC, Skat Foundation, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), UNICEF, WaterAid and the World Bank Water Global Practice.

Cette stratégie donne la direction du Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) pour les prochaines six années, avec une revue à mi-parcours. Elle explique ce que l'on essaie de réaliser, comment, pourquoi et avec qui.

La stratégie RWSN a été développée de manière collaborative et la version finale endorsée par les sept membres du comité de pilotage de RWSN: la Banque Africaine de Développement, IRC, Skat Foundation, la Direction du Développement et de la Coopération Suisse, UNICEF, WaterAid et la pratique de l'eau de la Banque Mondiale. | »

Social accountability for rural water services

Will governments make sure everyone has access to water if nobody holds them accountable? How can citizens hold their governments to account? This RWSN e-discussion took place from 19 February to 9 March, 2018 and focused on the following topics:
Week 1: Social accountability in different contexts;
Week 2: Sharing tools, methods and strategies for social accountability;
Week 3: Strengthening and scaling up social accountability.
Through the e-discussion, participants have had the opportunity to share stories and experiences from the field on holding governments accountable in delivering sustainable water services. This brief presents the lessons learnt and advocacy messages from this e-discussion for influencing sector discourse on this topic and ensuring that it is rooted in the reality on the ground. | »

Gender and rural water services – lessons from RWSN members Summary of RWSN E-discussion on how women’s engagement in Water User Committees impact on its performance and system functionality (2016) and RWSN Webinars: Making Water Work for Women, Sharing Inspiring Experiences (May 2017)

Gender relations are critical to nearly every aspect of rural water supply, but rarely addressed in practice by rural water professionals. All water supply programmes affect men and women in different ways, and while practitioners assume their work will benefit women, how do they know whether it will or not, how do they know what impact it will have?

In 2016 RWSN’s Mapping and Monitoring Theme members had an impromptu and rich e-discussion on gender equality and WASH. In early 2017, RWSN’s Equality, Non Discrimination and Inclusion (ENDI) Theme launched a call to their members for examples of inspiring experiences of ‘Making Water Work for Women’. Both discussions have been rich with experiences from across Asia, Africa and Latin America, and reinforcing of each other. We have put together a short brief highlighting the key points from these discussions:

- The nature of female participation within water committees should be discussed in terms of quality as well as quantity. If women’s roles do not offer any opportunity to influence committee decisions and outcomes, their participation is largely tokenistic. Qualitative indicators can help to show whether women’s participation is tokenistic, or active and meaningful.
- High-level government commitment to minimum quotas for women’s participation was seen as a crucial prerequisite to creating the space for the inclusion of women and the ability to demand it.
- Where women were more influential on Water User Committees, it was strongly attributed to the special efforts of implementing organisations who worked on mobilising women and increasing their confidence and awareness about the work involved, and sensitising men equally to create space for women’s involvement in the committees, as the example in India shows.
- By working closely with women and men together it is possible to challenge gender norms amongst women and men in rural communities, so that they begin to share unpaid work associated with WASH more equally, as the example in Ethiopia shows.
- Identifying the agents of change (women and men) from the community who are motivated and determined to advocate for water and sanitation can nurture lifelong advocates, as illustrated by the experience from Bangladesh.
- Disaggregating monitoring indices by gender can help to raise gender equality as a priority, and set specific expectations about the participation of women in different aspects of service provision.
- Conflict-sensitive approaches to water and sanitation can help to facilitate peace building by creating a platform for women around a common need, as in the example from India. | »

What’s Working, Where, and for How Long A 2016 Water Point Update to the RWSN (2009) statistics

• An average of 78% of water points are functional across the 11 countries analyzed.

• The high failure rates early after installation are troubling: almost 15% after one year and 25% of water points are non-functional by their fourth year after installation. This indicates widespread problems with poor quality water point installation, due to a range of problems that may include professionalism and skills around contracts, construction and supervision; borehole siting; lack of quality control of hardware; or lack of post-construction monitoring and problem resolution.

• Handpumps are often singled out as technology that fails, but analysis of other water point types show similar functionality levels, and that tens of thousands of handpumps are providing a service

This poster was peer-reviewed and presented at the 7th RWSN Forum in Abidjan, Cote'Ivoire 2016.

It replaces "Handpump Data 2009 Selected Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa" (2009) | »

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