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Call for contributions: 42nd WEDC International Conference [online]

The call for contributions is now open for the 42nd WEDC International Conference: Equitable and Sustainable WASH Services: Future challenges in a rapidly changing world.

The Conference will be held online from 13-15 September 2021.

The conference comprises three days of online presentations and interactive discussions of peer-reviewed content; agency events from international organizations working in the sector; online exhibitions; and the opportunity for delegates to meet and network in virtual rooms.

Conference themes

  1. Climate change: weather extremes (e.g. floods and droughts) and water resources management, including but not limited to topics related to fundamental understanding, remote sensing, modelling and management strategies
  2. Integrating disaster risk management into WASH interventions
  3. Sanitation systems and services e.g. household and peri-urban approaches and faecal sludge management
  4. Rural water supply e.g. approaches to sustainability and serving the hardest to reach communities and households
  5. Groundwater resources
  6. Innovations and advances in biowaste, wastewater treatment and waste to energy technologies e.g. anaerobic digestion, composting, thermochemical processing, resource recovery and circular economy concepts; and end-use applications
  7. Urban water management
  8. Institutional development and programme management
  9. Data analytics, machine learning/AI applications in WASH

Call for contributions: http://wedc.lu/42-call-for-contributions

Rural Water Supply – Water Currents, July 24, 2017

Rural Water Supply – Water Currents, July 24, 2017

This issue on Rural Water Supply highlights a wide range of publications and studies from 2016 and 2017, including presentations from the latest Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) forum, reports from UNICEF, the Innovation Policy Platform, and others. watercurrents

Also included are links to websites with information on rural water supply issues. We would like to thank Sean Furey of RWSN for suggesting publications to include in this issue.

Proceedings of the 7th RWSN Forum, November 29–December 2, 2016Skat Foundation, 2017. The 2016 RWSN Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, was the first global gathering to consider the challenge of getting access to safe, affordable water worldwide by 2030. This website compiles all peer-reviewed materials presented at the conference.

Professional Water Well Drilling: A UNICEF Guidance NoteSkat FoundationUNICEF, 2016. With a particular focus on rural and small town water suppliers, this guidance note provides practical advice for organizations and individuals that are trying to raise the professionalism of groundwater development in Africa.

Local Government and Rural Water Services That Last: A Way ForwardRWSN, 2017. The paper highlights the role local governments can and do play in ensuring sustainable water service provision, the challenges that they face in fulfilling these roles and responsibilities, and the opportunities for overcoming these challenges.

Read the complete issue.

Kenya, Eastern Province: Amina Abdalla, “You can’t maintain hygiene without water”

Amina Abdalla, a 45-year-old mother of seven, living in Marsabit District (pop. 121,000), Eastern Province, told IRIN/PlusNews about her daily struggle for water. She knows water is essential for hygiene, but there is not enough and it’s too expensive. She has to get up at 4 a.m. in the morning to queue for water.

“Some of us women come with small children to the water vendor and stay the whole day waiting for our turn. The children cry all day of hunger and the scorching sun, but getting water is the most important thing at that moment.

“At the vendor, it doesn’t matter what is the size of your family. We are just given five jerry cans of 20 litres each and they expect you to use it until after 10 days when you can return for more.

“When I finish my water – which I always do before the end of the 10 days because my family is large – we buy from people who hawk water. They sell one 20 litre container for 50 shillings [US$0.54], which is very expensive but there is little I can do. At times, you end up using money meant for food to buy water because even if you have food, you can’t cook it without water.

To save money, Amina Abdalla’s children can only bathe once every three days, and cannot wash clothes regularly.

“I have seven children but there would have been more; I lost three to cholera because the surroundings are dirty as a result of poor hygiene… You can’t maintain hygiene without water”.

There are boreholes in the forest but women risk be molested by men if they go there or are denied access by herders with their livestock.

“Here in Marsabit, we will have war one day and it will not be about animals or land… War will take place because people will be fighting for water.”

Source: IRIN, 24 Aug 2011