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6th Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Forum, Kampala, Uganda, 29 November – 01 December 2011

RWSN logoTheme: Rural Water Supply in the 21st Century: Myths of the Past, Visions for the Future

Organised by: Skat, UNICEF, the Water and Sanitation Programme of the World Bank (WSP), IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), WaterAid and the Ministry of Water and Environment in Uganda

Target group: small private enterprises, political leaders from a local level, local and central government administrators, extension staff, NGO staff and donors.


  • Day 1: Overview of Rural Water Supplies. Success and failures in the past and RWSN achievements
  • Day 2: Sustainability of Rural Water Supplies and islands of success from around the world
  • Day 3: Vision for Rural Water Supplies, with promising ways of dealing with emerging challenges
  • Day 4: (optional): field visits and seminars on:
    • Life-Cycle Costs Approach (IRC-WASHCost)*
    • Water Point Mapping (WaterAid)
    • Photovoltaic Services for Developing Countries (Entec AG)

*Seminar on the Life-Cycle Costs Approach, Friday 2 December 2011 09.00 – 17.00

The life-cycle cost approach consists of a methodology that has been developed for costing sustainable water and sanitation services by assessing life-cycle costs and comparing them against levels of service provided. In this seminar, we will focus on the use of the life-cycle costs approach for water and sanitation in rural and peri-urban areas building on experiences in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Andhra Pradesh (India) and Mozambique. What are the minimum data needs and how are they determined? Which data collection tools can be used? How can costs and service levels be analysed to draw conclusions?  Delegates can register for the training through by sending an email to Audrey van Soest:

About 300 – 500 participants from all over the world are expected to attend the event and share their practical experiences and good practices on a wide range of aspects of rural water supplies. These include cost-effective technologies, accelerating self supply, management and support systems, catchment protection and finance.

The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) is a global knowledge network with over 2,000 members. It focuses on four flagship themes: cost-effective boreholes, self supply, sustainable rural water supplies and handpump technologies.

Conference web site:


March 17, 2011 at 8:58 am Leave a comment

Sustainable Water Management in Cities: engaging stakeholders for effective change, Zaragoza, Spain, 13-17 December 2010

Organised by: United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015, UN-HABITAT, City of Zaragoza, and the SWITCH consortium (which includes UNESCO-IHE and the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre).

This four-day conference will bring together more than 200 experts, local government officials, media specialists, key water operators and political representatives of cities and stakeholder groups to discuss sustainable urban water management and propose practical ways to move forward to meet the challenges of disseminating results to a wider audience, also considering different development contexts and regional characteristics. This draws on the approaches of the SWITCH project and the Learning Alliances. Some specific outcomes of the meeting – especially case studies – will be presented as part of the World Water Day on 22 March 2011.

Conference web

December 3, 2010 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

East Africa Practitioners Workshop on Pro poor Urban Sanitation and Hygiene, Kigali, Rwanda, 29-31 March 2011

This three-day workshop aims to identify proven good practices in the sanitation and hygiene sector, as well as drawing lessons from failures to enter into the policy dialogue. It focuses on urban sanitation with an emphasis on learning and innovation in the sector.

Organised by: UNICEF, GTZ, WSSCC, WaterAid and IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, and hosted by the Rwandan Ministry of Health.

Programme: the first two days of the workshop will focus on sharing and discussing proven good practices whilst the last day will be used for the discussion on key lessons learnt and follow up activities such as, the initiation of policy dialogues, advocacy messaging or linking with existing programmes.

Outputs: all papers will be published on the IRC web site. A short, select list of policy messages will be formulated for advocacy opportunities. Possible follow-up activities will be identified.

Deadline for abstracts for either a case study or photoessay: 10 December 2010

No registration fee

For full information go to or download Second Announcement

November 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm Leave a comment

West Africa Regional Sanitation and Hygiene Symposium, Accra, Ghana, 10-12 Nov 09

This regional sharing and learning symposium is the first major event marking the collaboration between RCN Ghana, WaterAid, and IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre in West Africa.


  • To identify and share experiences of good practice in promotion of good hygiene behaviour and ensuring sustained access to sanitation in particular for the poor and vulnerable in West Africa;
  • To identify key policy messages based on these experiences to be promoted at subsequent advocacy opportunities;
  • To identify and initiate joint action-learning; and
  • To begin the process of developing a community of practice on sanitation and hygiene promotion at the West Africa level.

Abstract deadline: 01 June 2009

Further information and submission of abstracts:

Read the first announcement and call for abstracts here.

April 15, 2009 at 1:16 pm


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