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The 2019 RWSN directory of rural water supply services, tariffs, management models and lifecycle costs 2019 Edition [ENGLISH]

The rural water supply sector is undergoing a period of change. In response to the challenges of achieving universal access to safe, affordable drinking water and sustaining those services, there has been increasing innovation in different types of rural water service models.

This Directory is intended to show the growing range of management options. Some are novel interventions that are still being piloted, others have been established for a decade or more.

Also includes: Handpump Statistics 2019 (from WPDx data from Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia-Pacific)

Aussi disponible en français | »

Shaping Sustainable Socio-Ecological Landscapes in Africa: The Role of Transformative Research, Knowledge, and Partnerships

The Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) published a book on ​Shaping Sustainable Socio-Ecological Landscapes in Africa: The Role of Transformative Research, Knowledge, and Partnerships

SDC and the CDE look back to more than 30 years of cooperation in East Africa and the Horn of Africa.

This publication highlights the results of this collaboration and provides snapshots of jointly elaborated sustainable development pathways in the Blue Nile, Ewaso N’giro and Pangani river basins. Furthermore, it shows the importance of transformative research as an indispensable component in addressing sustainability challenges and shaping policies in the water sector and beyond. | »

Groundwater’s Contribution to Water Security in Africa UPGro Working Paper

This paper has been prepared by researchers within the UPGro (Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor) Programme, along with colleagues from the International Association of Hydrogeologists, Africa Groundwater Network, and GRIPP. It is intended as a working paper, presenting a summary of our current understanding of groundwater in Africa along four themes: (1) urban water security, (2) socially inclusive and sustainable rural water services, (3) groundwater for agricultural growth and transformation, and (4) groundwater resources and renewability. | »

Making Rights Real - Oromo version

All countries agree that water and sanitation services are human rights. Governments are obliged to do everything
that they can to ensure that everyone can realise their human rights. The materials for “Making Rights Real” are designed to show local government officials how human rights can improve the way water and sanitation services are planned, delivered and maintained.

Local government is arguably the most important level of government for realising the human rights to water and sanitation: This is where national plans will be put into action and good, sustainable services for water and sanitation are built, run and maintained.

The materials for “Making Rights Real” consist of three documents that are intended for use in one-on-one conversations between WASH sector professionals and local government officials, and that can then be referred back to. The materials are purposefully concise and focus entirely on the practical value of human rights. WASH sector professionals working at the local level will be best placed to put these materials into their particular context.

The three documents are:
The Pocket Guide – Basic thoughts and principles
The Journey –The process at a glance
The Manual –Each step explained

The documents are designed to be used as a set, starting with the Pocket Guide. Please make sure you are selecting the right file to download (there are screen only versions and versions which can be printed). These materials are available in English, Hindi, Spanish, Portuguese, Oromo, Oriya and French (see below). | »

Inclusive Rural Water Supply Management Innovations Summary of the Rural Water Supply Network’s Leave No-one Behind Group E-Discussion 12th November – 4th December 2018

The RWSN Leave No-One Behind Group in collaboration with SNV hosted a three-week E-Discussion on inclusive management innovation from 12th of November to 4th of December 2018. This e-discussion aimed to go beyond inclusive design, exploring the implications of management innovations for gender and social inclusion in rural water supply. Three topics were explored:

1. Gender and Social Inclusion Issues within Rural Water Supply Management Innovations.
2. Strengths and weaknesses of innovative management models to ensuring equity
3. Government role and responsibility of realising the right to water in their jurisdiction | »

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