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RWSN/ REACH consultancy opportunities: your questions answered

December 2nd 2020 at 10:49
On 30.11.2020 RWSN advertised two consultancies in partnership with the University of Oxford under the REACH programme (deadline for applications: 8th January 2020). The Terms of Reference for the consultancies are below: Researcher – Global Diagnostic on Rural Water Services Rural Water Marketing Intelligence Expert We have received a number of questions in relation to … Continue reading "RWSN/ REACH consultancy opportunities: your questions answered"

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The rise or fall of the manual drilling sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo

December 1st 2020 at 09:46
This is a guest blog by RWSN Member Dr Cheikh Hamidou Kane. This article was originally published in GeoDrilling international and is reposted with thanks. You can read the original article here. Despite the fact that 50% of Africa’s water fresh water resources are found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Congolese, especially … Continue reading "The rise or fall of the manual drilling sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo"

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Multi-dimensional challenges of ensuring sustainable water supplies

August 11th 2020 at 12:01
Word from the RWSN Chair:Louisa Gosling, WaterAid Download the latest RWSN Update in English, French or Spanish Dear RWSN colleagues, the 4 months since the last newsletter have been eventful for the RWSN. It has become clear that covid-19 will be with us for a long time and that people need water to stay safe. … Continue reading "Multi-dimensional challenges of ensuring sustainable water supplies"

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¿Cuál es la situación jurídica del agua y el saneamiento como derechos humanos? Las respuestas a sus preguntas

July 28th 2020 at 08:02
El 28 de julio se cumple el décimo aniversario del reconocimiento de los derechos humanos al agua y al saneamiento. 10 años y 12 resoluciones más tarde, este blog responde a preguntas frecuentes sobre el estatus legal del agua y el saneamiento como derechos humanos en la legislación internacional y nacional.

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Quel est le statut juridique de l’eau et de l’assainissement en tant que droits de l’homme ? Réponses à vos questions

July 28th 2020 at 07:55
Le 28 juillet marque le 10ème anniversaire de la reconnaissance des droits humains à l'eau et à l'assainissement. 10 ans et 12 résolutions plus tard, ce blog répond aux questions les plus courantes sur le statut juridique de l'eau et de l'assainissement en tant que droits humains dans le droit international et national.

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What is the legal status of water and sanitation as human rights? Your questions answered

July 28th 2020 at 07:45
28 July 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the recognition of the human rights to water and sanitation. 10 years and 12 resolutions later, this blog answers common questions on the legal status of water and sanitation as human rights in international and national law. On 28 July 2010, the UN General Assembly passed resolution … Continue reading "What is the legal status of water and sanitation as human rights? Your questions answered"

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My experience of the RWSN Mentoring Programme

July 7th 2020 at 08:25
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 ?

June 25th 2020 at 08:57
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

June 4th 2020 at 09:12
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

June 3rd 2020 at 08:32
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

June 2nd 2020 at 09:28
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

May 4th 2020 at 09:30
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)

April 21st 2020 at 14:28
"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

April 16th 2020 at 07:56
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

April 3rd 2020 at 14:00
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

March 30th 2020 at 10:32
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

March 9th 2020 at 08:58
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

February 6th 2020 at 12:57

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

January 30th 2020 at 10:29
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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