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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