Inclusive design is necessary to enable for greater ease of access and use of water sources by everyone, including women and men and those who are younger, older or disabled. The past few years have witnessed a rise in the number of organisations actively seeking to design more inclusive services, accompanied by a big increase in knowledge about inclusive technology and social approaches. However, this has not been accompanied by the widespread implementation of inclusive design on the ground. RWSN will continue to promote the importance of inclusion and share technical information to support mainstreaming of inclusive design in rural water supply.

Topic: Inclusive Design

Expected Outcome (2015-2017): National governments in four countries have adopted and are implementing inclusive and accessible design standards for rural water supply.

Activities (2015-2017):

  • Promote existing tools & approaches for inclusive WASH (gender & violence, inclusive design, disability).
  • RWSN Publication: Inclusive Design for Rural Water Supplies.
  • Share practical experiences of inclusive WASH through events.
  • Follow-up in-country implementation of inclusive design.

Key Publications

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