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Presentation by Sean Furey (RWSN) at the Dgroups Peer Exchange - 15 November 2012

Presentation by Sean Furey (RWSN) at the Dgroups Peer Exchange - 15 November 2012

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  • 1. Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) & Dgroups Sean Furey Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Secretariat Skat Foundation Dgroups Online Peer Exchange 15 November 2012 Secretariat hosted by Skat Foundation Phone: +41 (0)71 228 54 54 Vadianstrasse 42 Fax: +41 (0) 71 228 54 55 9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland E-mail: ruralwater@skat.ch1 Rural Water Supply Network
  • 2. What is ?• Established in 1992 as the Handpump Technology Network• Over 2,400 members in 94 countries• Four themes: – Sustainable Groundwater Development – Equity and Inclusion – Management and Support – Accelerating Self Supply Rural Water Supply Network
  • 3. Who we are RWSN Partners Rural Water Supply Network3
  • 4. 1.Why did we choose Dgroups?• We needed a self-managing membership database• We needed a mechanism to distribute our quarterly newsletter• We wanted to develop greater interaction and discussion between RWSN members• Accessible to those with limited/low-bandwith internet Rural Water Supply Network
  • 5. 2. What the Dgroups does• Structured e-discussions: – Human Right to Water & Sanitation (April 2012) – Cost Effective Boreholes (Sep/Oct 2012) – Accelerating Self Supply (Nov 2012) – Management & Support (Dec 2012)• Ad hoc discussions – Water point mapping and mobile phone technology• Technical queries – Knowledge sharing between members on technical topics like solar water pumping or manual drilling Rural Water Supply Network
  • 6. Rural Water Supply Network Online Map 2,429 members (9 Nov 2012) RWSN RWSN RWSN website dgroups dgroups sub www.rural-water-supply.net www.rwsn.ch (to link to above by end dgroups.org/rwsn o Membership database communities of 2012) http://dgroups.org/rwsn o Hub o Newsletter Distribution o E-discussions o Official announcements o Secretariat o Member discussions and o Online Library/Resource Area announcements sharing o Member-led technical query response 394 346 followers members (9 Nov 2012) (9 Nov 2012) RWSN blog RWSN LinkedIn RWSN twitter rwsnblog.wordpress.com @thewatercyclist (unofficial) o Member opinion pieces o Raising profile among o Directing traffic to RWSN sites o Raising awareness of professionals o Real-time event reporting topics, e-discussions or o Directing traffic to RWSN sites o Building links to new partners new RWSN publications o Rural water supply discussions and strengthening links to and sharing existing partners RWSN facebook Rural Water Supply Network (low priority) 16 likes www.facebook.com/pages/Rural-Water-Supply-Network-RWSN/240912672618419 2012) (9 Nov
  • 7. 3. How is the Group managed• Managed by Secretariat at Skat• Moderated by Theme Co- ordinators• English is dominant, but aiming to become more bilingual (En/Fr) - challenging Rural Water Supply Network
  • 8. 4. Reflections• Because members have opted- in to dgroups we know they are there and active.• E-discussions have created tangible outputs and strengthened relationships• Our challenge is to manage and disseminate knowledge with active practitioners Rural Water Supply Network
  • 9. 5. Take away message/ the 1 lesson learntThanks to Dgroups, the Networkinghas been put into Rural Water Supply Network Rural Water Supply Network
  • 10. 6.One question you have for others• How do we make interactions more multi- lingual? Rural Water Supply Network