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Rural Water Supply Network Series 2020

RWSN Webinar Series: Human Right to Water - Achievable by 2030?

This series of webinars will focus on “Human Right to Water - Achievable by 2030?” and will run every Tuesday from April 14th, 2020 until June 23rd, 2020, in English, French and Spanish.

Global Waters Article

Can Mobile Tech Lower the Cost of Household Water in Rural Ethiopia?

The wait for water sometimes felt endless. “When the water point, pump, and generator faced difficulty, it took a long time to fix,” recalls Feleke Abera, a resident of Wita, a rural kebele (village) in south-central Ethiopia. “Sometimes it took up to three months.”

Resource Collection


Rural areas face a unique set of geographic and financial challenges when it comes to extending reliable water and sanitation services to residents. USAID works with local partners throughout the world to increase rural populations’ access to safe water, improve sanitation coverage, and promote hygiene behavior change. This collection page contains resources showcasing best practices and lessons learned for WASH infrastructure and services in rural settings.

Resource Collection

Drinking Water

Access to safe drinking water is one of the cornerstones of public health; however, more than 660 million people around the world still lack access to a dependable drinking water supply. USAID helps partner countries reach the poor and assist the underserved in gaining first-time or improved access to basic drinking water services, laying the foundation for a healthier and more water-secure future one neighborhood and community at a time.


Webinar: Water, Migration and Rural Development: What do we know?

Webinar: Water, Migration and Rural Development: What do we know?

Join Global Water Partnership (GWP), International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and WLE's ThriveNet on Jan. 22 for a webinar exploring our knowledge on the linkages between water insecurity and outmigration from rural areas.Speakers include Alan Nicol (IWMI), Nidhi Nagabhatla (UNU), Patricia Mejias Moreno (FAO)

  • Date: Jan. 22, 2020
  • Time: 3:00-4:00PM CET

Moderated by Julienne Roux (GWP) and Liza Debevec (IWMI)


Emerging Lessons on Sustaining Rural Water Services in Uganda: A Case Study of Whave's Preventive Maintenance Model

To address the complex challenges of sustainable rural water service delivery, Whave has been testing a model for the provision of preventive maintenance services. Whave’s approach focuses on results-based payment for avoiding breakdowns, rather than payment for repairs. By incentivizing performance, their goal is to establish a system that reduces water source downtime and therefore improves the reliability of water supply systems. Whave is currently operating in more than 400 communities across Uganda.