Deadline for submissions extended until May 6th

The deadline for the Open Call for submissions to the RWSN Forum (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 29/11-02/12/2016 –  https://rwsn7.net/) has been extended by one week, due to high demand and to a number of authors having difficulties with uploading their submissions, or having misunderstood the instructions about submitting full papers rather than just abstracts. The deadline is now Friday, May 6th to submit one or more of the following through our online platform (https://www.conference-service.com/RWSN7/welcome.cgi):

  • A short paper (up to 2,000 words): FULL PAPER to be submitted using this form;
  • A long paper (up to 6,000 words) FULL PAPER to be submitted using the this form;
  • A poster (at this stage, if the final poster is not yet available, a summary can be submitted, with the final poster to be submitted by 1 September)
  • A short film (at this stage, if the final film is not yet available, a summary can be submitted, with the final film to be submitted by 1 September)
  • A photography or illustration.

To get an idea of the type of content presented at an RWSN Forum, you can find everything from the last one on the website of the 6th RWSN Forum, 2011: https://rwsnforum.wordpress.com/programme/

Thank you for your interest in the RWSN Forum and we hope you will be able to share your experience and stories with us and others around the world.
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La date butoir pour l’Appel Ouvert à contributions pour le Forum RWSN (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 29/11-02/12/2016 –  https://rwsn7-fr.net/) a été étendu d’une semaine, dû à une forte demande et au nombre important d’auteurs qui ont eu des difficultés à télécharger leur contributions, ou qui avait mal compris les instructions liées à la soumission d’articles complets et pas seulement des résumés/ abstracts. La date butoir pour la soumission des types de contributions ci-dessous est maintenant le vendredi 6 mai, toujours à travers notre plateforme en ligne (https://www.conference-service.com/RWSN7/welcome.cgi):

  • Un article court (maximum 2000 mots): ARTICLE ENTIER devant être soumis en complétant le formulaire ci-joint;
  • Un article long (maximum 6000 mots): ARTICLE ENTIER devant être soumis en complétant le formulaire ci-joint;
  • Un poster (à ce stade, si le poster final n’est pas prêt, un résumé peut être soumis, et le poster final soumis avant le 1 septembre)
  • Un court-métrage (à ce stade, si le court-métrage final n’est pas prêt, un résumé peut être soumis, et le court-métrage final soumis avant le 1 septembre)
  • Une photographie ou illustration.

Pour avoir un idée sur le type de sujets qui peuvent être présentés à un Forum RWSN, vous pouvez retrouver le programme entier du dernier Forum sur le site du 6ème Forum RWSN en 2011: https://rwsnforum.wordpress.com/programme/

Merci de votre intérêt pour le Forum RWSN et nous espérons que vous serez en mesure de partager votre expérience et vos histoires avec nous et le reste du monde.

Sustainability of rural water systems top of the agenda in Latin America

On 8th March, The World Bank and SDC convened a RWSN session at the Latinosan Conference, in Lima, Peru. This was the first of two pre-Forum events organised by the Bank to bring together key experiences from around the world.

There were 12 presentations that shared experiences from Honduras, Brazil, Chile, Nicaragua, Haiti, Bolivia, Costa Rica and Peru. The common theme was that keeping rural water services going is hard, but progress is being made, with the held of IT systems like SIASAR, which strengthen local and national government regulators and service providers.

The presentations (in Spanish) are available on the Regional Pre-Events page. The best experiences will be supported to come to Abidjan in November to present to a global audience.

The second of the two regional events, will be held on 10-12 May, in Bangkok, Thailand and is being organised by The World Bank, SNV and WaterAid Australia. Around 50 participants expected from countries including India, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, Timor Leste, Laos PDR, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines and Papua New Guinea.

The 7th RWSN is coming!

Today we are proud to announce the RWSN Forum which is planned for Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire from the 29th November to 2nd December 2016, including a day for field trips and sponsored seminars. The event will comprise plenary and parallel sessions of presentations and interactive workshops as well as presentation of posters, photographs, cartoons and films. The event will be in English and French (and possibly Spanish, subject to demand).

You can register here.

With the title, Water for Everyone, the Forum will explore how we are going to reach Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in rural areas and small towns. What has worked well in the past? What needs to be done differently in the future?  Come and share your experiences of success and failure and learn from others. RWSN Forums have a unique character, with an emphasis on learning and sharing, and a practical rather than political focus. The participants are mainly rural water supply professionals and practitioners. Where political leaders participate, they are encouraged to engage in the sessions and exhibition as equals with the other participants. You can find out more from this website.

Why attend?

The RWSN Forum is the only global event dedicated to rural water supply and the content and the discussions are driven by you.  Come and present your work in a way that suits you – a paper, a poster, a film, a picture or photo, an exhibition stand or sponsored seminar with your own content. The peer-review process also ensures that the best content is presented and that authors with good experiences and ideas are provided the support that they need. We are particularly interested in practical experiences from an operational level. For example, one of the prizes for best paper at the 6th Forum went to Mr Edgar Phiri, a District Water Officer from Malawi.

The success of 7th RWSN Forum depends on you. The Open Call for Submissions  deadline is April 30th, 2016. Forum discussions will be based on submissions for long and short papers, posters, illustrations and short films, entered around the following themes:

  • Sustainable Rural Water and Small Town Water Supplies;
  • Equality, non-discrimination and inclusion;
  • Sustainable Groundwater Development;
  • Accelerating Self Supply;
  • Mapping and Monitoring;
  • Rural Water Supplies in the Humanitarian – Development Context;

The event brings together professionals from all types of organisations and at all levels, from entrepreneurs and service providers to government ministers to university professors.  We bring the latest in research, practice and policy together to catalyse new partnerships and reinvigorate existing ones. Normally, RWSN’s activities are online and through publications, but we realise that nothing beats face-to-face interactions and networking.  You can find the delegate list from last time on the 6th RWSN Forum website.

 

If you would like to attend, please register on: https://rwsn7.net/participate/register/. The early bird registration fee (for all participants) is €500 (up to June 30th, 2016).

The philosophy of the Forum is to:

  • be inclusive of different perspectives;
  • build capacity by raising the quality of the submissions and improving communication skills within the rural water sector;
  • share knowledge and experience on rural water issues among equals
  • bring the realities of the field to the attention of decision-makers and funding agencies
  • catalyze vibrant South-South exchanges and networking
  • be accessible to French and English speakers. For the first time presentations in Spanish will be accepted, and translation/ interpretation will be offered at the Forum if there is sufficient demand and funding.

The RWSN Forum is the foremost global event on rural water services and takes place every 5 years. We anticipate 650 participants from all over the world at the 2016 event which is in English and French.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Warm wishes,

Kerstin Danert, Sean Furey, Meleesa Naughton and Victor Bas Martinez

 

on behalf of the RWSN Forum International Task Force comprising representatives from

Skat Foundation, SDC, UNICEF, World Bank, WaterAid, IRC and the African Development Bank