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Skat Foundation, Water Mission and Aguaconsult are members of a consortium led by The Aquaya Institute that has been awarded a five-year, $18.9 million Cooperative Agreement from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the Rural Evidence and Learning for Water (REAL-Water) program. REAL-Water will evaluate strategies for expanding access to safe and sustainable rural water across the developing world. Eight out of ten people without basic water services live in rural areas. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires a thorough understanding of rural water supply challenges and solutions. The Rural Evidence and Learning for Water (REAL-Water) program will support research on three primary topics: 1. Professionalization of rural water service delivery 2. Strengthening of water quality monitoring in rural areas 3. Improved planning for water resources REAL-Water will support policy makers, development partners, and service providers to make strategic decisions and implement best practices for water management through implementation research. It will also ensure coordination with related USAID programs that contribute to the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) and Water Resources Management (WRM) knowledge base, in alignment with the USAID Water for the World Implementation Research Agenda. REAL-Water is an initiative of the Center for Water Security, Sanitation and Hygiene (CWSSH) in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security with support from the Office for Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health. | »
Autonomisation des femmes par le biais d’activités d'approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural : Un guide pratique par et pour les praticiens du Réseau d’approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural (RWSN) combine les apports et les exemples des ingénieurs avec le langage et l'expertise des spécialistes des thématiques de genre, et vise à faire le pont entre ces deux mondes. Le guide est le résultat d'un processus de co-création avec les membres du RWSN (atelier virtuel, e-discussion, édition d'une première version du document) et d'une consultation avec des spécialistes des thématiques de genre tout au long du processus pour s'assurer que le produit final équilibre à la fois les concepts clés et le jargon des spécialistes, ainsi que les contributions et les besoins des praticiens. Le guide est désormais disponible en anglais, français et espagnol. | »
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. | »
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! | »