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Wider Asia and Pacific Regional Learning Event on Service Delivery Approach to Rural Water Supply Presentations

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Author: RWSN
Year of Publishing: 2016
Publisher: RWSN
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The RWSN Asia-Pacific Learning event was held in Bangkok, hosted by The World Bank, SNV and WaterAid Australia. 57 delegates from 14 governments attended to share knowledge and expertise on rural water services.

RWSN Webinar Series 2015

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Author: Kerstin Danert
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: RWSN
Institution: RWSN

Presenters from more than 25 different organisations, working in over 20 countries share their practical experiences and research findings. Participants have the opportunity to ask questions, and meet others with similar interests at the events. Topic covered include:
- radio for rural water supplies, drawing on practical experiences from Kenya and Tanzania.
- Self-supply in emergency and development contexts, and we shall be hearing from Sierra Leone as well as Ethiopia, and on the costs and quality of self-supply as well as government roles.
- a series of webinars on groundwater.
- experiences about dealing with gender, violence and access to WASH
- rainwater harvesting
- etc.

All of the presentations and links to the recordings will be posted here within two to three days of each webinar.

- Atelier Final, Dakar, Senegal, 8 Avrill 2015: Utilisation de la télédétection et de la modélisation du terrain pour l'identification des zones favorables aux forages manuels - Final Workshop, Dakar, 8 April 2015: Remote sensing and terrain modelling to identify suitable zones for manual drilling in Africa

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Author: FUSSI, F. et al.
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher:
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This set of presentation was given at the closing workshop in Dakar, 8 April 2015 of the UPGro Catalyst project : "Use of remote sensing and terrain modelling to map manual drilling potential in Senegal and Guinea"

UPGro Consortium Kick-off meeting presentations London, 22 April 2015

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Author: UPGro
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher:
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The second phase of the 'Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor' (UPGro) was launched in London on 22 April 2015. These are the powerpoint presentations from the day.

Short Summary on RWSN & World Vision Webinar series on Self-supply February & March 2015

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Author: OLSCHEWSKI, A.
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: Skat Foundation
Institution: RWSN

This short summary highlights some of the issues that emerged from the presentations and discussions.

Managing Cash Reserves for Capital Maintenance Expenses Synthesis and presentations from 2015 WEDC Conference Workshop

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Author: ARMSTRONG, A.
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: RWSN
Institution: Water Missions International

When service providers succeed in raising considerable sums or even recovering full life-cycle costs associated with ongoing water service delivery through tariffs and user fees they are often faced with a different sort of challenge: managing sizeable cash reserves that are intended to be used for future capital maintenance expenses. Questionable long-term reliability of local financial institutions can lead to investment in diversified assets (e.g. insurance systems, real estate, spare parts, and even livestock). In addition, pressure to use portions of cash reserves in ways that are thought to be more productive, such as in system upgrades or expansion, can lead to funds being used sooner than originally intended. Although recent efforts by IRC, RWSN and others have helped to identify approaches and trends such as these, further discussion is needed to clarify best practices as well as any associated strengths and weaknesses.

Elements of Sustainable Solar Water Pumping System Design Synthesis and presentations from 2015 WEDC Conference Workshop

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Author: ARMSTRONG, A.
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: RWSN
Institution: Water Missions International

Technological advances over the past decade have made solar water pumping a viable option for potable water service delivery in rural settings. Solar pumping is an especially attractive alternative when poor groundwater quality or high population density and growth limit the applicability of boreholes fitted with handpumps. However, globally-accessible resources that specifically speak to the various technological, financial, social, environmental, institutional, and operational elements of sustainable solar pumping designs are limited. This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to explore various aspects of holistic design of solar pumping systems through guided group discussion.

Sustainable Groundwater Development in Africa: More than Engineering Keynote for Oklahoma University WaTER Conference 2015

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Author: DANERT, K.
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: Skat Foundation
Institution: Skat Foundation

Failure and the Future Water Point Mapping and Monitoring Series

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Author: Pearce, J, E. Greggio, and E. Stephens
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: RWSN
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The fourth and final webinar in the RWSN Water Point Mapping series provided a candid account of the challenges with WPM that have led to failed objectives. There are, however, valuable lessons to be learned from those failures, and the experiences have provided useful models and contributed to improved knowledge and data banks. The webinar also discussed the future of WPM, including new models and initiatives to maximize the benefit of data monitoring and improve information accessibility and transparency.

District Monitoring Water Point Mapping and Monitoring Series

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Author: Pearce, J, E. Greggio, and E. Stephens
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: RWSN
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This second webinar visited case studies of district monitoring experiences in Ethiopia, Bolivia and Ghana to review the methods, costs, challenges and lessons to be learned from each experience.

National Monitoring Water Point Mapping and Monitoring Series

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Author: Pearce, J, E. Greggio, and E. Stephens
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: RWSN
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This third webinar in the series explores the latest state-of-play in national level monitoring of rural water supply, which presentations also of country-led monitoring systems. In these systems, information is collected, analysed and used to inform decentralized resource allocation. Case studies of national monitoring models were reviewed to understand the approaches used in embedding the systems and processes required for maintaining accurate and timely rural water supply information. These case studies also demonstrate the impact monitoring has had on extending equitable and sustainable service delivery and provide key learning points.

Human rights to water and Self-Supply – Potential and challenges RWSN webinar on 24th November 2015 – Key messages and generic findings

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Author: Olschewski
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: RWSN
Institution: Skat

Summary of generic messages:
1. The Human Right to water does not favour or exclude any management model for provision of safe water to all. The important objective is that eventually all people have universal access, that core principles are adhered to and that there is no difference in quality and access no matter which supply approach is used.
2. Self-supply is aligned and compatible with the concept of progressive realisation of the Human Right to Water.
3. Government’s role in Self-supply is to identify where and when Self-supply is an appropriate option to provide access to safe water. Additionally government should provide technical support, monitoring, financial support (e.g. subsidies), establish an enabling environment and recognize Self-supply as one viable option to achieving the Human Right to Water.
4. In Self-supply, like in other approaches, challenges might occur around affordability, water quality, monitoring, and long term sustainability. The Government must support people moving up the water ladder but also take preventive measures to avoid negative impacts from Self-supply.
5. To further scale up Self-supply subsidies might be an adequate means to allow poor people to move up the water ladder in incremental steps. Subsidies need to be designed and provided in a smart way, without distortion of the local economy. If subsidies are provided there is need to find sustainable funding sources.
6. As Self-supply will not be an option in all regions, and because the cost of using the community managed approach alone will be far too high, a blended approach using boreholes, piped schemes and Self-supply sources (using different technologies) might be the best way to go for achieving universal access in rural areas.

Webinar Series 2014 (UNICEF- RWSN) on Manual Drilling/Webinaires sur le sujet de Forage Manuel Five Interactive webinars, which aim to promote South-South sharing. Une séries de cinq (5) Webinaires sur le sujet de Forage Manuel.

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Author: DANERT K
Year of Publishing: 2014
Publisher: UNICEF/RWSN
Institution: UNICEF/RWSN

Manual Drilling has now been successfully implemented in many countries, with several taking it to scale. The webinars will provide participants with an opportunity to learn from the successes and challenges experienced from different organisations and trigger discussion, with time for questions and exchange of perspectives.
Webinars are in both French and English, with corresponding summaries also being made available in both languages.

Le but est de partager vos expériences et contribuer au débat dans la région Sud
Beaucoup de pays ont achevé de succès dans leur entretien du programme de forage manuel. Plusieurs de ces pays maintenant mettent à l’échelle le programme. Les sessions auront deux parties. Dans la première partie, vous apprendrez des succès et des difficultés dont UNICEF et ses partenaires font face à en ménageant un programme de forage manuel. Dans la deuxième partie, vous êtes invitez à poser des questions et faire des commentaires. Les sessions sont en Anglais et en Français; aussi que les matériaux des présentations et des discussions.

Short Course: Drilling Supervision Cost-Effective Boreholes

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Author: ADEKILE, D & DANERT, K
Year of Publishing: 2014
Publisher: Skat Foundation
Institution: Skat Foundation

A five-day course for engineers and WASH professionals in Sierra Leone.
The objectives of the course are to:
- understand:
- the importance of effective drilling supervision
- the nature of groundwater occurrence
- the steps and actions required in full time supervision
- the steps and actions required in part time or milestone supervision

- be able to quality assure and certify drilling records
- be able to undertake borehole construction supervision!

Webinar Series 2014 (RAIN - RWSN) Interactive webinars that aim promote sharing of knowledge and experience in rainwater harvesting

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Author: FUREY S. G.
Year of Publishing: 2014
Publisher: RAIN/RWSN
Institution: RAIN/RWSN

The idea is simple. There is hardly a place in the world where it never rains. Rainwater belongs to everyone. And the methods to collect, store, use and reuse rainwater (to ‘harvest’ rainwater) are easy to apply. So why not spread those methods around the world?

RAIN Foundation and RWSN are collaborating on increasing understanding and uptake of rainwater harvesting, and connecting with people who are looking for help in implementing these systems.

This series of webinars show cases some of the innovative approaches being undertaken around the world.

Optimising Road Development for Groundwater Recharge and Retention Final Workshop

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Author: Meta Meta Research / Mekelle University
Year of Publishing: 2014
Publisher: Meta Meta Research
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This is one of the 15 UPGro Catalyst Projects. This one looked at ways at which roads can be used to improve groundwater recharge in Ethiopia. Below are the presentations from the final project workshop which from this exciting project.

There are also links to some the final reports (filed separately).

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

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

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

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.

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