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My experience of the RWSN Mentoring Programme

This is a guest blog by Byamukama Arinaitwe, a young professional enrolled as a mentee in the RWSN Mentoring Programme. My name is Byamukama Arinaitwe, a recent civil engineering graduate from Uganda. In September 2019, I started out in my career working with Kigezi Diocese Water and Sanitation Programme as a Civil Engineer. The programme … Continue reading My experience of the RWSN Mentoring Programme

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Les populations rurales peuvent-elles payer pour l’eau en temps de crise ?

Les co-auteurs de ce blog invité sont le Professeur Rob Hope (REACH Programme) et le Dr Guy Hutton (UNICEF). Une version de ce blog an anglais est disponible sur le site web du programme REACH. Rendre l’eau potable abordable pour les populations rurales a toujours été un défi. La COVID-19 exerce des pressions urgentes sur … Continue reading Les populations rurales peuvent-elles payer pour l’eau en temps de crise ?

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The need for professional associations for water well drillers

This is a guest blog by RWSN Young Professional Uyoyoghene U. Traoré, geologist and freelance consultant in water and environment. This article was originally published in GeoDrilling international and is reposted with thanks. You can read the original article here. Groundwater accounts for over 97% of the world’s fresh water with over two million people … Continue reading The need for professional associations for water well drillers

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Srilekha Chakraborty uses art in her activism for women’s health – 2020 Ton Schouten Awardee for WASH Storytelling

re-posting from IRC WASH Srilekha is a young professional from India with a focus on WASH and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) advocacy with indigenous tribal women and girls. Advocacy through art with rural communities She is driven by her close experience with how in poor, rural areas, discussions on gender, menstrual hygiene and … Continue reading Srilekha Chakraborty uses art in her activism for women’s health – 2020 Ton Schouten Awardee for WASH Storytelling

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A “C” diagram to identify Covid19 transmission routes

This is a guest blog by RWSN Member Rajan Pandey, WASH and Environment Expert in Nepal. Colleagues and I have devised a “C” line diagram similar to the “F” diagram the global WASH community uses during ODF campaigns to identify transmission routes for feces. A group of WASH volunteers here in Nepal prepared this for … Continue reading A “C” diagram to identify Covid19 transmission routes

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Five human rights principles that put people centre stage in water, sanitation and hygiene responses to COVID-19

Posted on WaterAid blog on 1 May 2020 in Equality, inclusion and human rights, re-posted on RWSN blog on 4 May 2020. Authors: Louisa Gosling, Naomi Carrard, Hannah Neumeyer and Virginia Roaf.  WaterAid/ James Kiyimba Empowering and increasing the dignity of marginalised and vulnerable people will help us emerge from the COVID-19 crisis with healthier societies … Continue reading Five human rights principles that put people centre stage in water, sanitation and hygiene responses to COVID-19

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WaterAid Papua New Guinea giving loud hailers, inks and papers for printing awareness-raising materials, supporting local health authorities in preparedness for COVID-19.

A man reads awareness-raising messages through a loud hailer around a community in Bangladesh.

Remembering Paul van Beers (19 April 1950 – 19 April 2020)

"Always eccentric, often controversial; always authentic, often misunderstood; Paul was never boring. He enjoyed challenging the status quo and stirring things up."

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No chance for Corona: How kids can help beat the virus

The “No chance for Corona” comic is currently being translated into more than 25 languages

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Putting equality, inclusion and rights at the centre of a COVID-19 water, sanitation and hygiene response

This is a guest blog by Priya Nath (RWSN Theme Leader) and Louisa Gosling (RWSN Chair). It is reposted from the WaterAid blog with thanks. The original post is available here. The poorest and least powerful sections of all societies are likely to be worst affected in crises, but we can work to alleviate inequalities … Continue reading Putting equality, inclusion and rights at the centre of a COVID-19 water, sanitation and hygiene response

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Women queue up to collect water from the common water source in Anna Nagar Basti, Hyderabad, India.

Reuben J. Yankan, Director of the Disable Camp 17th Street Community, who is visually impaired, being helped down the steps from a public toilet by Timothy Kpeh, Executive Director for Peace, Education, Transparency, & Development in Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia.

WaSH and Coronavirus – knowns, unknowns, and implications for monitoring and management

A novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China in late 2019. The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 (or COVID-19), is believed to have originated in bats, and has rapidly progressed to a global pandemic that has infected hundreds of thousands of individuals (1, 2). Author: Dr. Michael B. Fisher, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Acknowledgement to … Continue reading WaSH and Coronavirus – knowns, unknowns, and implications for monitoring and management

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In Memoriam: Mansoor Ali

Mansoor Ali, an active early member of the Hanpump Technology Network (HTN), recently passed on.

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Regulating the WASH sector from a human rights lens – IWA/RWSN webinar

Featuring a presentation from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, this webinar aims to:

• exchange experience with and among regulatory actors and practitioners, in particular highlighting barriers and opportunities and share good practices and practical approaches to promoting and implementing the human rights to water and sanitation
• discuss the way forward for the next decade on the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation
• provide input/suggestions for the mandate of the Special Rapporteur

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In Memoriam: Ken McLeod – India Mark II development lead

en McLeod, who died of cancer in Cairns, Australia, on January 23rd at the age of 88, was recruited by Unicef to support India’s village water supply programme from 1974-1978, and played a pivotal role in the development of the India MK II hand pump.

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External support programs to improve rural drinking water service sustainability: a systematic review

This is a guest blog by Meghan Miller. Meghan is completing her PhD in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has conducted both her masters and doctorate research through The Water Institute. The Water Institute recently published a systematic review on external support programs … Continue reading External support programs to improve rural drinking water service sustainability: a systematic review

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Floods with silver linings: Redefining how aquifers replenish in dryland Africa

This blog by Sean Furey was originally published in GeoDrilling International and is available here. Drilling for water is only useful if there is good water to be had now and into the future. Since 2013, researchers in the UK-funded programme Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor, have been working all over Africa … Continue reading Floods with silver linings: Redefining how aquifers replenish in dryland Africa

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Ugandan drillers receive training at the Water Resources Institute

Being back in Uganda again after an absence of five years gives me immense joy. This country of warmth, friendliness and humour, where one can literally have an engaging conversation with anyone, whether askari (guard), taxi driver, fruit and vegetable seller, driller or civil servant. Thus, my few days here have been filled with shared … Continue reading Ugandan drillers receive training at the Water Resources Institute

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Corrosion de la pompe à main et qualité des matériaux : Un défi pour le Burkina Faso et le reste du monde

Au Burkina Faso, le nombre élevé de forages équipés d’une pompe à motricité humaine (PMH) qui dysfonctionnent ou qui nécessitent de grosses réparations quelques années seulement après leur construction est alarmant. Les audits techniques effectués en 2013 et 2014 au Burkina Faso sur des forages équipés de PMH ont révélé des situations préoccupantes en termes … Continue reading Corrosion de la pompe à main et qualité des matériaux : Un défi pour le Burkina Faso et le reste du monde

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Handpump corrosion and material quality: A challenge for Burkina Faso and globally

In Burkina Faso, concerns have been raised regarding the high number of handpump boreholes that have failed, or need to be rehabilitated within a relatively short time of their initial construction. Physical audits of handpump boreholes in 2013 and 2014 raise concerns over water quality, inappropriate handpump for deep water and non-conformant pumps. In more … Continue reading Handpump corrosion and material quality: A challenge for Burkina Faso and globally

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Opportunité de publication: les pompes à motricité humaines pour les services d’eau potable

(photo: (C) Skat Consulting Ltd.) Chers collègues, Il a récemment été suggéré d’entreprendre une revue des questions relatives aux pompes à motricité humaine (PMH) dans les services d’eau potable.  Il s’agirait d’un livre qui remplacerait les documents publiés dans les années 1980, notamment le document “Community water supply : the handpump option” d’Arlosoroff et les … Continue reading Opportunité de publication: les pompes à motricité humaines pour les services d’eau potable

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