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Professional Management of Water Well Drilling Projects & Programmes Online Course 2019 Process Report

The 2019 UNDP Cap-Net/Skat Foundation online course on Professional Management of Water Well Drilling Projects and Programmes enabled 97 participants working for NGOs, the United Nations, governments, private enterprises and academic/training institutions in more than 34 countries to improve their skills and knowledge on: groundwater information and siting; costing and pricing, procurement and contract management ; borehole drilling and supervision and institutional and legal frameworks. The course concludes with participants engaging in dialogue with other stakeholders and determining actions to raise drilling professionalism within their respective organisation and country. The course was also held in 2018.

A sister document has been prepared and is available the public domain: Danert, K (2020) Groundwater and Drilling: Insights from over 50 Countries, Skat Foundation, St. Gallen, Switzerland, | »

Groundwater and Drilling Insights from over 50 countries

This report draws together the insights on drilling on groundwater and drilling from 181 participants that were shared on the 2018 and 2019 UNDP Cap-Net/Skat Foundation courses entitled Professional Management of Water Well Drilling Projects and Programmes. The report provides insights into groundwater dependency, self-supply, groundwater data, siting, supervision, procurement and contract management, the institutional and legal framework, and the drilling industry from over 50 countries. | »

Noticias del RWSN - en español

Los miembros del RWSN reciben un boletín electrónico trimestral, disponible en inglés y francés. La secretaría de la RWSN está tratando de poner este recurso a disposición de sus miembros de habla hispana. Si desea recibir noticias del RWSN en español, envíenos un correo electrónico a ruralwater@skat.ch con el título Noticias en español. | »

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 | »

Making Rights Real

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). | »

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