RWSN Vision and Mission

 

1981-1990

UN International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade (IDWSSD).  Intensive development of public domain handpumps occurs.

1992

International Handpump Workshop in Kakamega (Kenya) mandates the formation of HTN, the “Handpump Technology Network”Peter Wurzel (UNICEF Pakistan) is chosen to chair the new HTN steering committee (4 persons); Erich Baumann (SKAT, later Skat Foundation) establishes an executive secretariat for the new network.

1996

Chair of the HTN steering committee passes Rupert Talbot (UNICEF India), reflecting a continued network focus on Asia.

1997

HTN Workshop in Mangochi, Malawi. Over 150 participants from 40 countries endorse the need for (and activities of) the network.  HTN envisages a broader remit and revises the name to HTN “Network for Cost effective Technologies in Water Supply”. The steering committee is expanded to 16 members.  Click here for proceedings. 

2000

HTN Forum in Hyderabad, India (200 delegates, 38 countries).  Retaining a global membership, members endorse the new African focus.

2001

In a Rope Pump promotion drive, HTN and SDC jointly organise the First International Rope Pump Policy Workshop in Managua, Nicaragua (66 delegates, 22 countries).

2001

A new vision for the network is drafted – activities would be broadened to encompass more rural water issues while maintaining traditional network activities.  The first regional chapter of HTN is established by a dedicated group of members in South Africa.

2003

HTN Forum in Durban, South Africa (250 delegates, 37 countries) endorsed the relevance of the network and the new, broader thematic vision and identity including three flagship activities.  At the Forum, a new name is also mooted (RWSN – Rural Water Supply Network) and an action plan 2003 - 2005 is drafted.  Click here for proceedings.

Piers Cross (WSP Africa) becomes RWSN Chairman

2004

The network is officially renamed RWSN (Rural Water Supply Network).  Theme coordinators employed for the three flagship activities. The Steering Committee unanimously re-confirms Skat Foundation as the global secretariat for at least three more years

2005

The theme coordinator workshop held in February in Kampala, Uganda defines the strategies for the three flagship activities and the working budgets.

2006

RWSN Forum Accra, Ghana (290 delegates, 37 countries), with the theme: “Scaling up Local Entrepreneurship in Rural Water Supply”.  Thematic foci were endorsed.  Click here for procedings.

2008

RWSN Steering Committee Chair passes to Clarissa Brocklehurst (UNICEF-PD, New York)
2009 Erich Baumann retires from the RWSN Secretariat and suceeded by Dr Kerstin Danert (Skat Foundation)
2010

IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre joins the Steering Commitee

Code of Practice for Cost Effective Boreholes launched.

2011

RWSN Steering Committee Chair passes to Professor Richard Carter (WaterAid, later independent)

RWSN Forum Kampala, Uganda (480 delegates, 54 countries, 240 organisations), with the theme "Myths of the Past, Visions for the Future"  Event Website

2012

New RWSN Strategy (2012-2014 launched)

RWSN membership re-launched using dgroups with around 1,200 members by June.

The World Bank joins the RWSN Steering Committee

First series of webinars, organised with WSP.

First e-discussion, on the Human Right to Water, organised with WaterAid and the UN Special Rapporteur.

2013 "Member Organisation" grade introduced
2014 Ton Schouten (IRC) becomes IRC Chair
2015

New RWSN Strategy (2015-2017 launched)

Indiviudual membership exceeds 7,000 in March