The REACH/RWSN 100 Million Initiative

A Global Diagnostic of rural water service providers to inform results-based funding


17.05.2021 - 30.05.2021

RWSN e-discussion: Where next for the network? DISCUSSION EN LIGNE SUR LE ROADMAP DU RWSN // E-DISCUSIÓN SOBRE EL ROADMAP DE LA RWSN • RWSN E-discussion Dgroup (see below for link to join)

Universal access to safe, affordable drinking water for all rural people can be achieved, but the challenge remains huge. RWSN, as the global network for rural water professionals, is here to help you meet that challenge. In member surveys you have told us that you would like to connect with each other at national or regional levels and that you want access to more training opportunities. So, we invite you to take RWSN to the next level. The RWSN Roadmap is a plan for the evolution of the network in the coming decade and you can read it here (executive summary in English, French and Spanish attached). You are invited to add your comments directly on the website or via this survey, and to email your ideas to We also invite you to take part in a lively e-discussion between 17 and 30 May: • Would RWSN regional hubs or country chapters work? How would they work? • Should RWSN be a network of individuals? An association of organisations? A network focused just on training and professional development? Or something else…. The discussion will launch on Monday 17 May and is open to anyone who registers on the e-discussion group. | »

News • Announcements


RWSN Roadmap - going further for universal safe water Aller aller plus loin pour l'accès universel à l'eau potable // ir más allá por el agua segura universal

The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) is a leading global knowledge network on water and development. RWSN needs to be ambitious, responding to real needs at local and global levels; reaching as many rural water practitioners as possible; connecting, inspiring, and motivating; building capacity and knowledge; connecting people for joint learning and action; and supporting and amplifying the innovative and transformative work of our members. This is an invitation to all those interested in rural water supply, and connected issues, to help us shape the future of the network over the next 10 years. | »


Would you like to be a mentor or benefit from mentoring this year? Join the RWSN Mentoring Programme! (ENG/ FR/ SP) Souhaitez-vous être un mentor ou bénéficier d'un mentorat cette année ? ¿Le gustaría ser un mentor o beneficiarse de un mentor este año?

In 2021, for the third consecutive year, RWSN is running its mentoring programme for the water sector. Hundreds of our members have already participated in the RWSN mentoring programme in previous years. This year, it will be run slightly differently as we are using an online platform for mentors and mentees to be able to find each other directly, and we are expanding the “mentee” category to include all women in the water sector. How does the RWSN Mentoring Programme work? Our mentoring scheme connects a mentor and a mentee in the water sector and is expected to last at least 6 months to help mentees at the beginning of their career or during a career transition. Mentors and mentees find each other via our online platform, and then maintain communication through Skype, WhatsApp, email, messages etc. What are the benefits of the RWSN Mentoring Programme? To get an idea of the benefits of participating in the RWSN Mentoring Programme, you can watch this video where some of the 2019 RWSN mentees and mentors shared their experience, and read the blogs from some of our mentors and mentees from the class of 2020: Byamukama Arinaitwe (Uganda) and Engineer Oria-Usifo Ehi Ekiado (Nigeria); Joshua Azaki (South Africa) and Dr. Vassiki Sanogo (USA); Janvier Ngabo (Rwanda) and Nura Boru (Ethiopia); and Amanda Mugwambi (Zimbabwe) and Susana Sandoz (Canada). Who is the RWSN Mentoring Programme for? The 2021 RWSN Mentoring programme is open to all RWSN members and free of charge, thanks to the financial support of SENSE Foundation. If you are not yet a RWSN member, you can join RWSN here. • Mentees: Young professionals under the age of 35 and women of all ages are eligible to be mentees. In the past, the mentoring programme aimed at matching young professionals under the age of 35 with more senior professionals in the water sector. This year, backed by popular demand and feedback from participants last year, we have expanded the mentee category to include not only young professionals but also women of all ages working in the water sector. There is no minimum level of experience required. Students are welcome to participate. Mentees who have participated in the RWSN mentoring programme previously in 2020 and 2019 are not eligible to participate as mentees again in 2021 (but they can participate as mentors if eligible). • Mentors: There is no age requirement for mentors (senior professionals), but they should have a minimum of 5-7 years of professional experience in the water sector. We are looking for a range of mentors with different levels of experience and a variety of skills, so don’t hesitate to apply even if you feel that you may not be ‘senior’ enough. Mentors are welcome to participate in the RWSN mentoring programme as many times as they want. • We strongly encourage women to sign up both as mentors and mentees, as they are currently under-represented in our membership and in the sector more broadly – and we would like this to change! Interested and want to join as a mentor, mentee, or both? Read our guidance document first (in English, French or Spanish) to check that you understand your role and are eligible, and then sign up through our online platform (register at the bottom of the page). You may find these guidelines helpful to navigate the online platform. The number of participants of the RWSN Mentoring Programme is capped at 300 this year, on a first-come, first-served basis – so sign up early to avoid disappointment! | »


International Women's Day // Journée internale de la femme // Día Internacional de la Mujer SWA and RWSN celebrate #WaterWomen

• As primary providers, managers, and users of water, women are in an ideal spot to help drive productive change in the design and maintenance of water and sanitation systems, distribution, and policymaking. • When women are included in decision-making on water, sanitation and hygiene issues, services tend to be more accessible and sustainable • Water and sanitation are the important entry points to build national and local government capacity to meet the needs of women and girls. • En tant que principales pourvoyeuses, gestionnaires et utilisatrices d’eau, les femmes occupent une position idéale pour contribuer à un changement productif dans la conception et la maintenance des systèmes d’approvisionnement en eau et d’assainissement, de la distribution et de la définition des politiques. • Lorsque les femmes sont incluses aux prises de décisions sur les questions d’eau, d’assainissement et d’hygiène, les services sont généralement plus accessibles et durables. • L’eau et l’assainissement constituent des points de départ importants pour donner aux gouvernements nationaux et locaux la capacité de satisfaire les besoins des femmes et des filles. • Como principales proveedoras, administradoras y usuarias de agua, las mujeres se encuentran en un lugar ideal para ayudar a impulsar un cambio productivo en el diseño y mantenimiento de los sistemas de agua y saneamiento, la distribución y la formulación de políticas. • Cuando se incluye a las mujeres en la toma de decisiones sobre cuestiones de agua, saneamiento e higiene, los servicios tienden a ser más accesibles y sostenibles. • El agua y el saneamiento son un importante punto de entrada para desarrollar la capacidad del gobierno nacional y local para satisfacer las necesidades de mujeres y niñas. | »


USAID Pro-WASH webinar series on Operation & Maintenance Série de webinaires: Opération et maintenance (O&M) des infrastructures WASH

This four-part series will share lessons learned from USAID partners focusing on innovative advances in approaches to operation and maintenance (O&M) of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure. Speakers will discuss their program's approaches to engineering, environmental, financial, and political-economy challenges, and aim to draw out important lessons that are more widely applicable. During this webinar series, attendees will learn more about: Recent initiatives, advances, and thinking around community-managed WASH infrastructure and O&M Innovative, locally-developed and sustainable solutions and new O&M resources such as guidelines and training courses The ways in which O&M links with interventions focused on resilience, food security and integrated water resource management (IWRM) Designing O&M systems that consider its impacts on women and youth Webinar #1 9:00 - 10:00 AM EST | Tuesday, March 2, 2021 USAID Lowland WASH Ethiopia Webinar #2 9:00 - 10:00 AM EST | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Groundwater Management Institute, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Webinar #3 9:00 - 10:00 AM EST | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 Chris Hani District Municipality, South Africa Webinar #4 9:00 - 10:00 AM EST | Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Nobo Jatra Resilience Food Security Activity, Bangladesh | »

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