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

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. | »

Gender and rural water services – lessons from RWSN members Summary of RWSN E-discussion on how women’s engagement in Water User Committees impact on its performance and system functionality (2016) and RWSN Webinars: Making Water Work for Women, Sharing Inspiring Experiences (May 2017)

Gender relations are critical to nearly every aspect of rural water supply, but rarely addressed in practice by rural water professionals. All water supply programmes affect men and women in different ways, and while practitioners assume their work will benefit women, how do they know whether it will or not, how do they know what impact it will have?

In 2016 RWSN’s Mapping and Monitoring Theme members had an impromptu and rich e-discussion on gender equality and WASH. In early 2017, RWSN’s Equality, Non Discrimination and Inclusion (ENDI) Theme launched a call to their members for examples of inspiring experiences of ‘Making Water Work for Women’. Both discussions have been rich with experiences from across Asia, Africa and Latin America, and reinforcing of each other. We have put together a short brief highlighting the key points from these discussions:

- The nature of female participation within water committees should be discussed in terms of quality as well as quantity. If women’s roles do not offer any opportunity to influence committee decisions and outcomes, their participation is largely tokenistic. Qualitative indicators can help to show whether women’s participation is tokenistic, or active and meaningful.
- High-level government commitment to minimum quotas for women’s participation was seen as a crucial prerequisite to creating the space for the inclusion of women and the ability to demand it.
- Where women were more influential on Water User Committees, it was strongly attributed to the special efforts of implementing organisations who worked on mobilising women and increasing their confidence and awareness about the work involved, and sensitising men equally to create space for women’s involvement in the committees, as the example in India shows.
- By working closely with women and men together it is possible to challenge gender norms amongst women and men in rural communities, so that they begin to share unpaid work associated with WASH more equally, as the example in Ethiopia shows.
- Identifying the agents of change (women and men) from the community who are motivated and determined to advocate for water and sanitation can nurture lifelong advocates, as illustrated by the experience from Bangladesh.
- Disaggregating monitoring indices by gender can help to raise gender equality as a priority, and set specific expectations about the participation of women in different aspects of service provision.
- Conflict-sensitive approaches to water and sanitation can help to facilitate peace building by creating a platform for women around a common need, as in the example from India. | »

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