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Quick guide to RWSN on Dgroups for RWSN members

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Author: FUREY, S. G.
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: Rural Water Supply Network
Institution: Skat

The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) uses an online discussion platform called ‘Dgroups’ to create communities of practice where members come together voluntarily to share and develop their knowledge, solve common problems and support each other in finding answers.
Discussions can be ad hoc, however to stimulate discussion we also run regular structured e-discussions over 3-4 weeks on a particular topic.
To be a member of RWSN you need to be registered in our Dgroups community: http://dgroups.org/rwsn
This guide is to help new users set up and use their dgroups account so that they can receive news and updates from the network and be actively involved in online discussions.

RWSN Member Organisation application form Version: 8 May 2013

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Author: RWSN
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: Rural Water Supply Network
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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.

Download and fill in this form and send to ruralwater [at] skat.ch or post to: RWSN Secretariat, Skat Foundation, Vadianstrasse 42, CH-9000 St Gallen, Switzerland

Webinar 2013 - Equity and inclusion in WASH: removing barriers to access Practical tools for analysis and problem-solving

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Author: JONES, H.
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: Rural Water Supply Network
Institution: WEDC, WaterAid

Hazel Jones
RWSN webinar 8th May 2013

1. Introduction to the learning materials – content and format

2. How they can be used – examples

3. What next? Further developments and possibilities

WASH Self-Supply Sierra Leone Investing in household ownership and market-systems for sustainable water supply and sanitation

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Author: BUNDUKA, L. E.
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: Welthungerhilfe
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Presentation on the potential for accelerating self supply in Sierra Leone

Human Right to Water: What does it mean in Practice? World Bank – RWSN Webinar with the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms Catarina de Albuquerque

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Author: RWSN
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN)
Institution: Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN)

The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Equity and Inclusion group ran a three week e-discussion (via email) on the hu-man right to water in April/May 2012 (hosted on http://dgroups.org/RWSN/equity). Over 250 members were invited to share their hopes, fears, questions and suggestions about how the human right to water affects the finance, planning and implementation of rural water supply projects. It was an interesting discussion and formed the basis for a letter with six questions to Catarina de Albuquerque, the first UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and san-itation. She responded to the letter in a World Bank-RWSN webinar in June 2012, and answered further questions from participants. This edited transcript of the webinar is intended to enable rural water supply professionals and practitioners to understand more about what the human right to water means in practice.

How to make a hand-pump Collection Pro-Agro

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Author: SIMB SIMB, T.
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: Engineers Without Bhe Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA).
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This guide presents a hand pump that is made from materials available locally. The hand pump operates with a plunger and is submerged in the water. It is made from PVC pipes, old tyres and wood. It is recommended for wells up to 25 metres deep (it has not been tested for greater depths), and can draw around ten litres per minute.

DISCLAIMER: This is a non-RWSN publication and endorsement by RWSN or any of its member organisations should not be inferred.

Afridev: 3-D CAD Files

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Author: FREEMAN, J.
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher:
Institution:

This zip file contains shape files for the Afridev handpump. To view the files you will need extract the files using WinZip, or similar, and "SolidWorks e-drawings Viewer" which can be downloaded for free from: http://www.solidworks.com/sw/products/free-cad-software-downloads.htm

To manipulate the files you will need commercial CAD software.

Any use or modification of these files should first get the permission from the author: James Freeman (contact via the RWSN Secretariat) and should credit him.

The user assumes responsibility for geometric accuracy and neither the author nor RWSN guarantee this work. Please see the ReadMe file in the package for the full details and disclaimer.

DISCLAIMER: This is a non-RWSN publication and endorsement by RWSN or any of its member organisations should not be inferred.

TAF (Step 1): Water - Water Lifting TAF Screening Sheet

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Author: OLSCHEWSKI, A.
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: WASHTech Project
Institution:

This is the Screening Sheet for water lifting devices (e.g. handpumps or motorised pumps). This is used first before moving on to the TAF Indicator Sheets.

It can be used for technologies that are new or existing in the context that you are assessing.

TAF (Step 2): Sanitation - Existing - General Assessment Indicator Sheet

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Author: OLSCHEWSKI, A.
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: WASHTech Project
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This package of 18 scoring sheets allows the user group to assess the applicability of any sanitation or hygiene technology in a particular context.

These are situated to situations where you want to evaluate the successes, failures, opportunities and barriers for existing sanitation or hygiene technology.

TAF (Step 1): Sanitation - Latrine TAF Screening Sheet

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Author: OLSCHEWSKI, A.
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: WASHTech Project
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This is the Screening Sheet for latrines. This is used first before moving on to the TAF Indicator Sheets.

It can be used for technologies that are new or existing in the context that you are assessing.

Existing Water Access Points in The Districts Of Bo, Koinadugu And Tonkolili In Sierra Leone Water Point Survey

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Author: BOURGOIS, F., DE CAO, P., KONTEH, Y., TRUAN, B., and P. REDON
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: Fondation Pro Victimis
Institution: Inter Aide

An independent study conducted by a French NGO in Sierra Leone at the end of 2010 surveyed all existing water access points across three districts, documenting in detail the quality of the 2,859 structures identified. Only 30% of the structures in place were found to be capable of delivering access to safe water throughout the year.

DISCLAIMER: This is a non-RWSN publication and endorsement by RWSN or any of its member organisations should not be inferred.

Experiences and Ideas from RWSN’s Sustainable Groundwater Community 2013 What are we talking about?

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Author: DANERT, K
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: RWSN
Institution: RWSN

The RWSN’s Sustainable Groundwater Development community (http://next.dgroups.org/rwsn/groundwater) comprises over 500 members from 69 countries. There has been vibrant exchange and debates on topics such as national groundwater policies, gravel packing, drilling technologies, the life of a handpump and many more. This synthesis pulls together the many ideas, opinions, experiences and suggestions from the online community and makes recommendations for a collaborative way forward.

EMAS Household Water Supply Technologies in Bolivia Increasing Access to Low-Cost Water Supplies in Rural Areas

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Author: MACCARTHY, M.F, BUCKINGHAM, J.W. & MIHELCIC, J.R
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: RWSN
Institution: RWSN

This publication provides background on select EMAS household water supply technologies to the wider sector audience. It assesses and presents experiences with these technologies as used in Bolivia. The document provides: (1) an overview of EMAS household water supply technologies (specifically the EMAS Pump, a percussion-jetting-rotation manual drilling method, and rainwater harvesting systems) and of EMAS’s approach to im-proving water supply, and (2) an independent assessment of these EMAS technologies as used in Bolivia. Reference is given to other available resources related to EMAS technologies, including EMAS training videos that are available on the internet.

Tapping Treasure: Cost-Effective Boreholes in Sierra Leone Project Report 2 (Aug 2013)

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Author: DANERT, K & ADEKILE, D
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: Skat foundation
Institution: Skat Foundation

Borehole drilling is relatively underdeveloped in Sierra Leone compared to other countries in West Africa despite its potential. An eight-month project “Tapping Treasure: Cost-effective boreholes in Sierra Leone” supports: (i) government and NGOs to develop their capacity to manage borehole drilling and (ii) drillers to manage risks. The project will contribute to increasing the demand for boreholes, reducing the cost of drilling and improving construction quality. This is the second report of the project.

Cost-Effective Boreholes in Sierra Leone (Report 1) - Workshop in July 2013

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Author: DANERT, K, ADEKILE, D & THOMAS, M
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: Skat Foundation
Institution: Skat Foundation

A one and a half day workshop (4th/5th July 2013) on cost-Effective Boreholes in Sierra Leone (attended by 40 partcipants from throughout the country) was designed to:
- Raise awareness and understanding of groundwater;
- Take the first steps towards developing a code of practice for cost-effective boreholes
- Enable discussion on governance issues, particularly with respect to roles and responsibilities and procedures followed.
- Explore the linkages between the “cost-effective boreholes project” and other initiatives in the country

Professionalising Manual Drilling: Guinea A country summary

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Author: LABAS, J & DANERT, K
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: RWSN
Institution: RWSN

Manual drilling was introduced into Guinea over the last three years. Previously there was no knowledge or experience of these technologies. About 50 manually drilled wells have been constructed to date, primarily for community water supplies. Although there are considerable funds available for further promotion of the technology, particularly through UNICEF, there is need to consolidate the experiences to date before moving on to another next phase of training and construction. It is also very important that the national government agencies responsible for rural water supplies as well as the local governments are given the opportunity to learn more about manual drilling technologies, including their potential and risks.

Professionalising Manual Drilling: Uganda A country summary

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Author: DANERT, K, & CARPENTER, J
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: RWSN
Institution: RWSN

In the 1980’s and early 1990’s manual drilling in Uganda meant hand augering, using the Vonder rig. It was popular and successful. However, its limited technical capability (i.e. inability to drill laterite) coupled with privatisation, inadequate supervision and competition from small machine rigs meant that it became less popular and had fallen out of use by the late 1990’s. Since then, other improved manual drilling techniques have been introduced by various organisations. None of these have managed to move much beyond testing or piloting. The most encouraging manual drilling initiative today is the training of enterprises in Gulu in a project financed by World Vision. However it is still too early to see whether there will be widespread uptake.

MSWG Meeting - Stockholm WWW 2013 Management and Support Working Group Meeting

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Author: RWSN
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: RWSN
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The Management and Support Thematic Group (MSTG) of the RWSN took the opportunity of the Stockholm World Water Week to organise a half day event in the morning of Thursday 5 September 2013. The meeting brought together 30 sector professionals from development partners, private sector, government and civil society, who discussed on the theme of professionalisation of rural and small town water supply and what could be done to stimulate and facilitate professionalism. The participants agreed that professionalism of water supply is key, regardless of the management model (community management, public-private partnership, etc). This implies clarity on roles and responsibilities of different actors involved in water supply (including on who is responsible and pays for what related to spare part supply, asset renewal, etc), availability of appropriate levels of human and financial resources, and clear and effective regulatory arrangements.

TAF (Step 0): Manual Read me first!

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Author: OLSCHEWSKI, A.
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: WASHTech Project
Institution:

The Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) is a decision support tool on the applicability, scalability and sustainability of a specific WASH technology to provide lasting services in a specific context and on the readiness for its introduction. The TAF can be used to
> start discussion, documentation and sharing experiences about a WASH technology and approaches to scale up this technology
> assess the potential of a specific technology with respect to applicability, scalability, sustainability and uptake in a specific context,
> assess readiness of a sector to scale up this technology including identification of potential measures for improving uptake,
> monitor performance of technology and its introduction process.

TAF (Step 2.1): Cost Calculation Assessment Support Tool

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Author: WOODE, P. A., NYARKO, K. B. and B. DWUMFOUR-ASARE
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: WASHTech Project
Institution: KNUST

This costing spreadsheet is an attachment to the TAF. It is prepared to facilitate the analysis of affordability. The spreadsheet is to be populated with cost data collected on the WASH technology from the field work. Purple color indicates where data can be entered.

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