21.03.2022 - 26.03.2022

9ème Forum mondial de l'eau 9th World Water Forum • Dakar, Senegal

Created in 1996, the World Water Council is the founder and co-organizer of the World Water Forum and catalyzes collective action during and in between each Forum. The World Water Forum is the world's largest event on water. It has been organized every three years since 1997 by the World Water Council, in partnership with a host country. The 9th Forum will be the first of its kind to be hosted in sub-Saharan Africa. By bringing together participants from all levels and areas, including politics, multilateral institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector, among others, the World Water Forum provides a unique platform where the international water community and key decision makers can collaborate and make long-term progress on global water challenges. Over the years, the number of people participating in the Forum has grown from a few hundred to tens of thousands, from both the international community and host countries. By participating in the upcoming 9th World Water Forum, you can build on this momentum and contribute to strengthening the ability of the entire world to respond to the challenges of water and sanitation of our time | »

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Request for Proposals: Handpump Quality Control Short Consultancy

In January 2021, Ask for Water GmbH and Skat Foundation, under the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN), launched a 15-month initiative called ‘Stop the Rot’. It set out to document the scale and extent of rapid handpump corrosion and the use of poor quality handpump components in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and bring about actions to address them. These two interlinked issues contribute to poor handpump performance, rapid handpump failure and poor water quality, all of which can ultimately lead to abandonment of the handpump sources who return to contaminated, or distance sources. These issues are recognised as problematic by some water sector practitioners in as well as a few organisations, but in general, have been poorly documented. Nearly al The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) is a global network of more than 13,000 rural water professionals in 168 countries. The Secretariat is hosted by Skat Foundation, St. Gallen Switzerland and holds the international design specifications for public domain handpumps including the India Mark II, India Mark III and Afridev. Nearly all public domain handpumps in Sub-Saharan Africa are manufactured and imported from India, and therefore the India Mark II/III manufacture fall under the jurisdiction and quality standards of “Deepwell Handpumps” of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). To date, the study has prepared the following three draft reports, and is finalising a Handpump Survey of RWSN members undertaken in 2021: 1 Danert (2022) Stop the Rot Report I: Handpump Reliance, Functionality and Technical Failure, Action Research on Handpump Component Quality and Corrosion in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ask for Water GmbH, Skat Foundation and the Rural Water Supply Network 2 Other reports in the series: 3 Danert, K. (2022) Stop the Rot - Report II: Rapid Corrosion of Handpumps, Action research on handpump component quality and corrosion in sub-Saharan Africa, Ask for Water GmbH, Skat Foundation and the Rural Water Supply Network 4 Danert (2022) Stop the Rot Report III: Handpump design and quality – with Zambia case study, Action Research on Handpump Component Quality and Corrosion in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ask for Water GmbH, Skat Foundation and the Rural Water Supply Network | »



On the occasion of World Toilet Day (19 November 2021), the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Mr. Pedro Arrojo Agudo, is organizing the Fifth Human Rights Youth Challenge together with the Permanent Mission of Spain, the Permanent Mission of Germany, UN-Water, Franciscans International, International Rivers, Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Ulsan International Development Cooperation Center (UIDCC) and ONGAWA. Youth aged between 19 - 24 are invited to produce and submit a video (v-log) or any other digital content on: “the human rights to water and sanitation of peoples living close to the nature" including, but not limited to, indigenous peoples, peasants, farmers, fisherfolks, hunters and gatherers, livestock rearers, and traders. The deadline for submission is: 15 February 2022. For more information on the challenge: English, Français, Español. | »


REAL-Water Program to Expand Rural Water Services Knowledge Base RWSN partners in Consortium Awarded $18.9 Million USAID Cooperative Agreement

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. | »


Un guide pratique pour dépasser le jargon entre les spécialistes des thématiques de genre et les praticiens de l'eau.

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. | »


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. | »

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