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Key messages from the 7th RWSN Forum, Abidjan

Published on: 12/12/2016

Running from 29th November – 2nd December, 2016 the 7th RWSN Forum was held in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire, under the theme: 'Water for everyone'. The Forum explored the practicalities of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Human Right to Water in rural areas and small towns. IRC Uganda Country Director was at the forum and shared key messages in this report.

Discussions in all sessions centred around key issues in rural water supply including:

  • Provision of adequate water services for women
  • The need for increased funding for purchase of spare parts, continuous monitoring and capacity development
  • Empowering communities to engage effectively with government to increase access to water and sanitation
  • Sustainable rural and small town water supply and the building blocks necessary to ensure sustainable services
  • Ways of strengthening local government capacity
  • Supporting citizens and media to hold government accountable and put pressure for better service delivery