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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.
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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
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!
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 !
Senior Programme Officer, IRC International Water & Sanitation Centre
Président du “Rural Water Supply Network”
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
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.
We are happy to announce the establishment of a new sub-community on Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) managed by the RAIN Foundation (www.rainfoundation.org) . This community is one of the activities within a global program on "Rainwater Harvesting for Food Security" funded by IFAD, focusing on enabling an institutional and policy environment for Rainwater Harvesting. Supporting the mobilisation and strengthening of a range of existing networks towards collective action, is one of the program's main objectives.
Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer la mise en place d’une nouvelles sous communauté sur la collecte de l’eau de pluie (“Rainwater Harvesting”), gérée par la fondation RAIN (www.rainfoundation.org). Cette communauté est l’une des activités au sein d’un programme global « Collecte de l’Eau de Pluie pour la Sécurité Alimentaire » financé par le FIDA, visant à permettre l’émergence d’un environnement institutionnel et politique pour la collecte de l’eau de pluie. Appuyer la mobilisation et le renforcement d’un ensemble de réseaux existants pour l’action collective est un des principaux objectifs du programme.
We are delighted to announce that it is now possible to join as a ‘Member Organisations’ of RWSN. RWSN is a network of individuals and organisations that are committed to improving water services for the rural poor everywhere in the world. 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.
Go to "join us" on the left to find out more
Nous sommes ravis de vous annoncer qu’il est désormais possible de joindre le réseau en tant qu’organisation membre du RWSN. Le RWSN est un réseau d’individus et d’organisations qui s’impliquent pour améliorer les services d’eau pour les pauvres en milieu rural partout dans le monde. Etre une organisation membre du RWSN est un engagement à partager du savoir et des bonnes pratiques, ainsi qu’à respecter les éléments définis dans la Vision du RWSN et les engagements de 2011 de Kampala.
Allez à "join us" à gauche pour en savoir plus
An online survey on manual drilling ran for six weeks from the 14th February 2013. A total of 50 people from 40 different organisations, working in over 25 countries responded to the survey. The majority of responses (over 40%) were from the private sector, followed by NGOs. Over 85% of the respondents would like to join a community of practice on manual drilling.
This community has been launched on: http://dgroups.org/rwsn/groundwater/handdrilling
During September and October, RWSN hosted a lively e-discussion on cost effective boreholes and one of the hot topics that emerged was around ‘no water, no pay’ contracts – should drillers be paid for dry holes? The general consensus was that risks should be shared between the driller and the client but that there is no excuse for not doing proper hydrogeological investigations and having thorough drilling supervision.
Nearly 40 people from over 20 countries took part in the lively and detailed discussion. A synthesis of the discussion will be available on Dgroups and on the RWSN website very soon.
On 2 & 3 of October, 26 RWSN practitioners from 12 countries came to The Hague, and more joined online, to listen and discuss to issues and experience of maintaining and extending rural water services. Presentations gave perspectives from Senegal, Kenya, Ghana, Ukraine, Madagascar, Brazil, Colombia and South Africa. From the discussions the following way forward was proposed:
- Agree on group’s vision and mission,
- Agree on list of topics for discussion with the wider group
- Identify “leaders” for each topic = Identify a core group committed to providing input in the working group,
- Identify key activities and agree collectively,
- Establish a workplan for year 1,
- Increase group membership (outreach strategy),
- Develop ToRs for the group.
You can find the presentations and workshop report here:
If you want to understand what is behind the success story of Uganda's National Monitoring of Rural Water Supplies. This new publication from RWSN is worth a read. It also includes ten golden rules for establishing a national performance monitoring system.
The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) has initiated a consultative process to develop targets and indicators on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to propose to the UN General Assembly in September 2013.
The 6th World Water Forum was a means to an end. At the event, RWSN raised the profile of rural water supplies and supported enabled exchange and learning. We just published our event report, which sets out key challenges as well as vibrant activities and ideas for ensuring that everyone has access to safe drinking water.
The 11-part RWSN-World Bank webinar series was a huge success with over 1300 people registering from 69 countries - and 70-100 taking part each week. Presenters from the 6th RWSN Forum re-presented their work online, then 1-2 discussants gave their perspectives on the topic, followed by lively question and answer sessions with the participants.
The RWSN Secretariat would like to thank: Elizabeth Kleemeier and her team at the World Bank for hosting this series and their huge organisational effort behind the scenes; the presenters and discussants for their excellent delivery and quick thinking when answering tough questions; and to everyone who took part.
Please get in touch if you would like to suggest any topics or speakers for a future webinar series.
The recordings, presentations and related material can be found at:
WASHCost India reports on costs incurred on each type of technology used for supply water in rural Andhra Pradesh. The new working paper challenges the move towards implementing a high number of expensive multi-village water schemes, since research indicates that such schemes provide low levels of services in comparison to other types of water supply technologies. Read the working paper to learn more
Download from: http://www.washcost.info/page/2043