25.06.2018 - 29.06.2018

34th AGUASAN Workshop, June 25-29, 2018 / Spiez, Switzerland • Spiez, Switzerland

The 34th AGUASAN Workshop will take place on June 25-29, 2018 in Spiez, Switzerland, on the topic of “Leveraging the data revolution: informed decision-making for better WSS management". Spaces are limited and participants will be selected on the basis of an application process. More info/ to apply (deadline: March 20th): and Sponsorship is available for young water professionals. | »

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International Women's Day 2018 Women Water Professionals make all the difference

When it comes to access to rural water supplies, there are hundreds of millions of women worldwide who each day bear the brunt of the hard labour and time spent on collecting. Sustainable rural water services can only be achieved if women have a strong decision-making voice, and this doesn't just mean being passive 'beneficiaries' of well-intentioned aid. It means being empowered actors throughout the system from the highest political levels to the professions that delivery and regular the services. | »


RWSN Newsletter/Bulletin Trimestriel February/Février 2018

Find out the latest news about Rural Water Supplies. Découvrez les dernières nouvelles sur l'approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural. | »


Consultation period on the RWSN Strategy now open Période de consultation sur la stratégie RWSN maintenant ouverte

The draft RWSN Strategy 2018-2013 can be downloaded here for consultation; please leave a comment below or email us at ruralwater[at], telling us: > What you like about the strategy > What could be improved > If you, or your organisation, could contribute staff time, funding or knowledge to strengthen any of the topics or themes The consultation on the RWSN Strategy is open to all for 6 weeks (until 22 December 2017) | »


Thanks for a great World Water Week

Thank you to everyone who engaged with RWSN at this year's SIWI World Water Week. A few highlights included: RWSN shared a small stand with the Water Integrity Network, which worked out well and is part of our growing cooperation. There was a Human Right to Water & Sanitation Speed-Dating event at the UNICEF stand, hosted by Louisa Gosling (WaterAid/ENDI) and members of the Making Rights Real team, plus UN Special Rapporteur, Léo Heller. There was an RWSN session on “SDG6: Searching for universal sustainability metrics for rural water services” on Wednesday afternoon which was in one of the larger halls and attendance was very good and nearly filled it. The session included audience live polling, presentations by IRC (Stef Smits), World Bank (Susanna Smets), UNICEF (Angie Saleh), WaterAid - Rwanda (Ellen Greggio), Nepal (Mr. Chandra Bdr. KC) and from Brazil (Alceu Galvao). The session was chaired by RWSN Chair Kelly Ann Naylor (UNICEF) with facilitation support from Antoinette Kome (SNV), with a final sum-up and thanks by Sean (Skat). A meeting the next day helped move the topic on to inform the RWSN strategy. Sean Furey (Skat/Sustainable Groundwater Development theme) took part in a Swiss Water Partnership session on “Groundwater : a challenge for society”, convening a discussion group on groundwater for rural water supply. On Friday, there was the annual face-to-face RWSN Executive Steering Committee meeting, which went smoothly and included a presentation on the draft final independent evaluation of RWSN and discussion of the next RWSN strategy. More details on both soon. Overall it was a great team effort and we welcome ideas for future face-to-face networking activities and events. | »


Hon. Maria Mutagamba In Memoriam.

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the passing of the Honorable Maria Mutagamba on 24 June, at the age of 64. Mrs Mutagamba was an economist and politician, who served in various posts in the Government of Uganda, most recently as Minister for Tourism. However, she is best known to RWSN members as the State Minister for Water Resources, from 2000, and then Minister for Water and Environment between 2004 and 2012. During this period she served as President, African ministers’ council on water (AMCOW), (2004–2012). Under her leadership, the Ministry of Water & Environment became internationally recognised as leading actor in African water management issues, with a capable civil service team and an open attitude to innovation and collaboration with international partners. Annual processes of Joint Sector Reviews and Sector Performance reporting became the gold standard of improving coordination, reporting and accountability across the WASH and water resources sectors. I had the pleasure of meeting her when she came to open the 6th RWSN Forum in 2011 – of which she was a great supporter – and then again at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille. I was struck by how humble and thoughtful she was, yet also strong and with a keen intellect. She had a particular passion for rainwater harvesting, which she saw as an opportunity that was being missed. According to the New Vision and other news sources, she had been suffering poor health for some time and died of liver cancer. Uganda has sadly lost a great water champion. - Sean Furey, RWSN Secretariat Photos: Hon. Maria Mutagamba opening the 6th RWSN Forum, Kampala, 2011 | »

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