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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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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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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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Opportunity to publish: handpumps in drinking water services

(photo: (C) Skat Consulting Ltd.) Dear Colleagues, It has recently been suggested that an up-to-date review of the issues around handpumps in drinking water services be undertaken.  This would be in the form of a book, which supersedes the documents published in the 1980s including Arlosoroff’s “Community water supply: the handpump option” and IRC’s Technical … Continue reading Opportunity to publish: handpumps in drinking water services

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My experience at the World Water Week Conference: Water for Society Including all

This is a guest blog by Benson Kandeh, winner of the RWSN@WWW competition for young professionals.. For more information on RWSN’s activities for Young professionals, see here. My name is Benson Kandeh and I am a young water professional from Sierra Leone. I work on providing water supply for rural communities in my country through the EMAS technologies … Continue reading My experience at the World Water Week Conference: Water for Society Including all

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Rural water supply is changing. Be part of it.

The Rural Water Supply International Directory that is available to download from today aims to track the organizations and businesses fostering this change.

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Arsenic detected in rainwater harvesting tanks in Bolivia

This is a guest blog by Riley Mulhern, a PhD student at the University of North Carolina. If you are interested in issues related to water quality monitoring, you can join our online community here.   In areas of water scarcity around the globe, made worse by climate change and pollution of groundwater, rainwater harvesting remains … Continue reading Arsenic detected in rainwater harvesting tanks in Bolivia

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