What is a ‘webinar’?

The term ‘webinar’ comes from ‘seminar’ and ‘world wide web’, so refers to an online meeting or seminar where participants can hear a presenter give a talk and see the presenter’s slides (usually Microsoft PowerPoint).

Our webinars usually have a facilitator who introduces the speakers. Sometimes there will be a discussant – someone who is invited to their reaction to what has just been presented. We also try and leave enough time at the end for a question and answer session, where participants can type their questions into the chat box.

Why are some webinars only in English?

We have limited time and funding and bi-lingual webinars require substantially more preparation and staffing.

Are you planning to have webinars in more languages?

Currently, RWSN is striving to be a fully bi-lingual network (English-French) to encourage sharing between practitioners in Anglophone and Francophone countries. Some webinars and documents are also available in Spanish.  We would love to include other languages at some point, but the cost and complexity is beyond our means right now.

Do I need to register for each webinar?

Yes. Instructions on how to register will be given in the email announcement sent to the RWSN dgroup community (www.dgroups.org/rwsn) and in other online announcements. 

You need to register in advance of the webinar so that you are sent the correct joining instructions – every webinar has its own unique code.

What do I need to join a webinar?

You will need:

  • „A computer (PC or Apple Mac) or Smart Phone / Tablet
  • „An Internet connection – preferably fast broadband
  • „We currently use Cisco Webex, and you will need a browser plug-in, which is installed when you join a meeting or the Webex app for your mobile device
  • „A computer headset for audio (computer speakers are not recommended, unless you are sharing your computer with more than one person during the webinar)

If the internet connection is slow then you have a telephone next to your computer that you can use at the same time.

Where to find recordings of past webinars

All our webinars are recorded and posted on the RWSN Vimeo channel [English] and [French]

Presentation files can be downloaded from the library on this website:



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Human rights to water and Self-Supply – Potential and challenges

RWSN webinar on 24th November 2015 – Key messages and generic findings

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. | »

National Monitoring

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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. | »

District Monitoring

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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. | »

Failure and the Future

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