Proceedings of 7th RWSN Forum published

We are delighted that the Proceedings of the 7th RWSN Forum are now available to download and to cite. We hope that this huge body of knowledge and experience will be used to help improve rural water services all over the world.

Suggested citation: RWSN (2017) Proceedings of the 7th RWSN Forum “Water for All”, 29 Nov – 02 Dec 2016, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Rural Water Supply Network, Skat Foundation, St. Gallen Switzerland.  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.23154.50880

Thank you! Merci!

Thank you to everyone who made the 7th RWSN Forum such an astonishing success. The feedback from all of the participants we spoke to was over-whelming positive. In the end 444 delegates from 65 countries across 6 continents attended.

The core organising team (Kerstin, Sean, Meleesa & Victor) would like to thank the hundreds of people who made this event possible : the authors, the reviewers, the international Task Force, the Government of Cote d’Ivoire, the sponsors, the participants, the translators, the staff at the Radisson Blu and the many sub-contractors and suppliers, particularly AdVision and MasterClays. Also a huge thanks the RWSN Executive Steering Committee and colleagues at Skat Consulting – most particularly our Director, Jürg Christen, who gave us the space and support to take risks and make it happen.

We will be going at a slower pace over the coming days and weeks, however, we will be updating this website to add the presentations, films, photos, media coverage and correct wrong or missing links to papers.

The 7th RWSN Forum is not the end, it is just milestone on the long road to universal access to water.  You can join RWSN now and be part of this vision: https://dgroups.org/rwsn

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Tips for Groundwater Success: A Sponsored Seminar at the 7th RWSN Forum, Abidjan

Are you involved in groundwater development for rural water services? Come along to this one day seminar to learn more about how to develop groundwater for safe and sustainable water supplies. We will be discussing many aspects of groundwater development, from data and information that can help us understand groundwater resources, to technologies in borehole construction and solar pumping for the delivery of effective water supplies.

Why should I come to this seminar?

This one day seminar – An Understandable Approach to the Development and Use of Groundwater – aims to take some of the mystery out of groundwater development and provide useful, practical information to help you develop effective groundwater supplies.

Groundwater makes up almost 30% of the world’s freshwater reserves, and more than 95% of the available, unfrozen fresh water. Given its broad geographical distribution, general good quality, and resilience to seasonal fluctuations (as compared to surface water), groundwater holds the promise to ensure many communities an affordable, safe and sustainable water supply.

Groundwater is sometimes referred to as a hidden asset – it occurs underground therefore can’t be easily seen or visualised, and is often difficult to understand due to the many varying factors influencing its behaviour, from geology, topography, and climate to land use, soil type and human activities.

What will I learn?

To develop groundwater in a safe and sustainable way we need to understand it. And to understand groundwater we need good data and information, which is often hard to find. The first half of the seminar will seek to answer the questions:

What data and information is needed to understand groundwater and develop it sustainably?

How can we effectively collect and store groundwater data to produce a high quality body of information that is accessible, convenient, affordable, manageable and useful for current and future groundwater development projects?

We will look at data at different scales – from international initiatives down to local, site-scale data – but will be focussing at the country-scale with an introduction to the Africa Groundwater Atlas and case studies of national groundwater data collection and storage from West Africa. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss some of the issues they have experienced with all aspects of groundwater data (collection, storage, management and use) and we will try to offer practical solutions for the future.

The second half of the seminar will focus on practical groundwater development, demonstrating how proper borehole construction, and solar pumping and distribution solutions can provide safe and accessible water that is cost-effective and sustainable for those most in need.

We will seek to show how borehole construction and maintenance can help protect groundwater sources, providing a drinking water supply that is free of e-coli and will last for generations. Participants will also receive tools and guidance for writing borehole specifications to help ensure that groundwater sources are safe and sustainable.

From borehole construction we will then move on to solar pumping and distribution technology, demonstrating that this is often a viable and smart option for potable water services in rural development, particularly where poor groundwater quality or high population density and growth limit the applicability of boreholes fitted with hand pumps. We will show several case studies, from single point supplies to full distribution networks, which highlight low failure rates and overall life-cycle costs, and discuss the key considerations for designing, constructing and implementing solar powered water supply systems.

Who should come to the seminar?

 The seminar is aimed at anyone with an interest in rural water services, and in particular groundwater resources and water supply. We hope to include a range of professionals from all types of organizations and at all levels – from government staff, NGOs, private sector practitioners and academia.

 Who is running the seminar?

The seminar is being sponsored by the UPGro research programme (Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor) and Water Mission and will be run by a range of groundwater experts from across Africa, Europe and the USA.

Fabio Fussi (University Milano Bicocca)
Richard Carter (Richard Carter & Associates Ltd.)
Moustapha Diene (Universite Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar & AGW-Net)
Callist Tindimugaya (Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda & AGW-Net)
Brighid O Dochartaigh & Kirsty Upton (British Geological Survey)
Steve Schneider (Schneider Water Services & NGWA)
Jeff Zapor & Doug Lawson (Water Mission)

Where and When?

Friday 2nd December, 7th RWSN Forum (Bamako Room), Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, https://rwsn7.net/

Please note the seminar will be run predominantly in English with simultaneous translation into French

, however there will be Francophone and Anglophone facilitators present throughout the day.

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.

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:   https://rwsn7.net/programme/

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,

Kerstin

Dr. Kerstin Danert
Director – Secretariat

RWSN Forum: Expo, programme and more

With less than three months left until the RWSN Forum in Abidjan, the programme is shaping up: we now have close to 100 participants registered and paid, and most of the sponsored seminars are confirmed (see this page to find out more) . If you haven’t yet registered, you can find out how to do so here.

But first, an important date – all authors which have submitted contributions that were accepted with minor or major changes have until midnight on September 1st to re-submit their contribution through our online platform. These will then be re-evaluated and either accepted for presentation at the Forum or declined. Thanks to all authors who have already submitted their revised contributions!

We are also pleased to announce that reservations for the exhibition are now open. Please follow this link to find out more information about the types of booths available and their prices.

All exhibition booth prices include 1 participant’s registration per booth. As an exhibition participant, you are entitled to attend all of the RWSN Forum talks and activities. Please ensure you follow the procedure described below to reserve your booth:

  1. Email the organizers with your top 3 booth locations (ruralwater[at]skat.ch) to confirm booth location availability, based on the RWSN Forum exhibition plan which you can find on our website.
  2. Once your booth location is confirmed, proceed to the online registration platform where you will be able to finalize payment for your booth. (tab: For exhibition organizers).

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions; we hope to see you soon in Abidjan!

RWSN Forum update: Call for papers, venue, accommodation and more

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for our peer-reviewers, who read and evaluated the 250+ submissions for papers, posters, films and pictures from the Open Call for Submissions for the RWSN Forum. All authors should have received feedback from peer-reviewers. If that’s not the case, please log into your account to find out the outcome of the evaluation process.
The RWSN Forum programme is shaped by the contributions from this Open Call and we will be posting updates on the programme on our website, where can already find the overall schedule for the RWSN Forum as well as the confirmed Sponsored Seminars on Friday, December 2nd.

We have a few more RWSN Forum updates for you:

  • Venue: We are pleased to confirm that the venue for the 7th RWSN forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (November 29th-December 2nd 2016) is the Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport. The hotel was completed in early 2016 and offers state-of-the-art accommodation and conference facilities.  It is only 500 metres from the airport, making it very convenient and secure for international arrivals and departures.
  • Accommodation: We have a negotiated a specially reduced room rate for the Forum at the Radisson Blu, and we have identified 11 other suitable hotels within half-an-hour travel time. There is an on-going process of negotiating preferential room rates and undertaking security assessments.  Our website page will be updated as we are able to provide more information.
  • Early bird registration fee: We have extended the RWSN Forum Early Bird registration fee until July 31st, to allow time for authors to register once they know whether their contribution has been accepted or not. The Forum is open for all to attend – you do not need to be an RWSN member, or an author to participate. You can register here: https://rwsn7.net/participate/register

 

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.

Call for Submissions Open for the 7th RWSN Forum

 

The RWSN Forum is about bringing together those who are passionate about rural water services, be they water users, practitioners, service providers, political leaders, researchers,  funders or policy makers.

“Water for Everyone” is the massive challenge that has been set by Sustainable Development Goal 6. We need innovation in many forms – not just new technologies and new knowledge, but also new ways to improve the quality of rural water services so that things that are already working can be sustained and replicated to meet growing demand.  That’s where you come in: what experiences do you, or your organisation, have from the last few years that is helping to move the sector forward?  What the big opportunities ahead? Can some of the old challenges that have dogged the sector for decades be put to rest?

You can find full details and guidelines on the 7th RWSN Forum website here: https://rwsn7.net/participate/submissions/

The Open Call for Submissions includes short and long papers, posters, films and pictures or illustrations, so be creative! Be provocative!  To get a feel for the sort of submissions we have had in the past (and also help with the context of where rural water was in 2011) you can find all the papers and posters from the 6th RWSN Form here:

https://rwsnforum.wordpress.com/programme/

https://rwsnforum.wordpress.com/posters/

https://rwsnforum.wordpress.com/films/

The deadline for first submissions is 30th April 2016.

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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