RWSN delighted to welcome The Guardian as Forum media partner

We are delighted to confirm that the The Guardian global development professionals network will be the media partner for the RWSN Forum.  The Guardian, based in London, is a global news organisation that takes a strong interest in water and development issues, and will be helping us widen our knowledge exchange with like-minded professionals, and the general public, around the world.

The Guardian Global Development Professionals Network offers commentary and insight from development experts across the world. Whatever your professional interest in global development, you’ll find it an invaluable source of knowledge and contacts.

You can join the network, and follow it on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

1-day Training Course on Groundwater Management- Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on Nov 28th (in French)

Groundwater Management for National and River Basin Organizations
A one-day training course in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire Monday 28th November, 2016
Language: French
Background: Groundwater is the largest freshwater resource available on the planet. The African Water Vision 2025 stresses that groundwater is the major, and often only, source of drinking water for more than 75 % of the African population. It constitutes over 95% of the fresh water resources in Africa and it is often critical for rural population that relies mostly on this resource for their daily water demand. Given the huge importance of the groundwater resource to Africa, in light of the growing impacts of climate change, it is imperative that wise management of groundwater at every scale be prioritized.
The Course: The 7th Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Forum will take place in Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) from 29 November-2 December 2016; it is the foremost global event on rural water services and takes place every 5 years. 350 to 600 participants from all over the world are expected. For more details see:
This international event provides the opportunity to implement a one-day training course on Groundwater Management on Monday 28th November – in French. It will draw on the newly published training manual developed by AGW-Net, available in French and English.
The course aims to:
(1) promote sustainable groundwater resources management within the framework of IWRM in RBOs;
(2) make groundwater resources in Africa more “visible” to actors working in water sectors;
(3) raise awareness on the importance of groundwater resource to Africa, and especially in light of the growing impacts of climate change, and the for-coming SDGs program.
The Facilitators: The course will be facilitated by a team of Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-Net) and RWSN experts, associated with expects from Cote d’Ivoire.
Participants: The workshop is targeting participants of the 7th Forum, i.e. senior decision makers and staff of water Ministries, river basin organisations and other international and national agencies including NGOs who are interested in water management and protection.
If you would like to register interest in this course please contact, copied to Note that the number of participants is limited to 40, so please register your interest early.

RWSN Forum Programme Announced Today!

We are delighted to announce that the programme of the 7th RWSN Forum (29 Nov-2 Dec in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire) is now available.  As you can see, it is a very diverse programme, covering rural and small towns’ water access from policy, financial, practice and user perspectives – with contributions from over 42countries.  It is by bringing so much diversity, and many different players that this Forum is tackling the SDG challenge of Water for Everyone! The quality of contributions means that those attending will return home with new knowledge and new connections.

For more information see:

As our programme is just out now, we have also extended the deadline for regular registration to the 31st October 2016.  So those who have not yet managed to register and pay, please try to do so by the 31st October to benefit from the €600 fee.  Over 500 people have registered so far, with confirmations from over 130.  As with previous RWSN Forums, we expect a very diverse group to participate including government, private sector, NGO, donor, academia and civil society. You can register here.

Many people have been contacting us for sponsorship to attend the event.  Alas we have very limited funds as Forum organisers. However, we have prepared a help sheet for you to use within your organisation and with partners in trying to obtain assistance to attend.


Warm wishes et cordialement,


Dr. Kerstin Danert
Director – Secretariat