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:



Related Resources

The role of manual drilling for universal access to drinking water: Sharing experiences and ideas in Madrid, April 2019

The UNESCO Chair for “Appropriate Technologies for Human Development” at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid hosted a seminar on the role manual drilling for universal access to drinking water. Eleven professionals attended the event, sharing specific experiences from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda and Senegal, and providing insights from many other countries. The suite of presentations (which can be downloaded individually below) covered the following topics: groundwater potential in Africa, the development and uptake of manual drilling, legal frameworks and regulations, drillers associations, groundwater data and manual drilling and the SDGs.

The format, which was that of an academic seminar provided a platform for a rich exchange, with plenty of ideas flowing between the participants. Some actions will be fairly easy to take forward, while others require in-depth work. However, the seminar concluded that manual drilling is already playing an important role towards the sustainable development goal target for water, and will continue to do so in the future. The question is how to ensure that quality standards can be upheld, while local enterprises flourish, and groundwater resources taken fully into consideration.

To learn more about manual drilling: https://www.rural-water-supply.net/en/sustainable-groundwater-management/manual-drilling | »

2019 RWSN Webinar early series (Apr - Jun 2019)

Source of presentations and recordings of the Early 2019 RWSN Webinar series below. | »

One Billion Left Behind: Making global water efforts disability inclusive Workshop report

Summary report of a workshop which took place at World Water Week in 2018. | »

2018 RWSN Webinar late series (Oct-Nov 2018) Presentations and recordings

Source of presentations and recordings of the Late 2018 RWSN Webinar series below. | »

2018 RWSN Webinar early series (3rd April - 5th June 2018) Nouvelles série en français de wébinaires en 2018 sur les services d'eau en milieu rural (3 avril - 5 juin 2018) / Nueva serie de webinarios RWSN (3 de abril - 5 de junio 2018)

You can find below the presentations and recordings from the 2018 RWSN series of 10 webinars (on-line seminars) dedicated to rural water services, running every week from April 3rd until June 5th, in English, French, Spanish and/or Portuguese. #

Vous trouverez ci-dessous les presentations et enregistrements de la nouvelle série de wébinaires 2018 RWSN (les séminaires en ligne) dédiées aux services d’eau en milieu rural, qui ont lieu chaque semaine du 3 avril au 5 juin, en anglais, français, espagnol et/ou portugais.


Desde el secretariado del RWSN tenemos el gusto de anunciarles la nueva serie de webinarios (seminarios en línea), la cual se efectuará entre el 03 de abril y el 05 de junio del 2018. Esta serie comprende 10 sesiones (una sesión por semana) dedicadas a los servicios de agua rural, en inglés, francés, español y/o portugués. | »

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