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Annex 1 Partner Exchange Meeting 2013 Background

  1. 1. Partner Exchange Meeting 2013 Environmental Sustainability Event and 10year Celebration in Amsterdam, the Netherlands December 10, 2013 to December 12, 2013 Background Since RAIN Foundation was set up in 2003 the focus of our programme has been twofold: on the one hand on implementation of rain water harvesting (RWH) projects to provide safe drinking water and on the other hand on the setup of Rainwater Harvesting Capacity Centres (RHCC) – centres that coordinate the on-the-ground implementation and act as knowledge hub and lobby and advocacy partner. RAIN’s ambition is to mainstream RWH and to disseminate knowledge and experiences with RWH. Since 2003, RAIN has been active in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Nepal. In the past years, RAIN has organized yearly RHCC meetings to discuss opportunities for upscaling of its activities in country programmes and to exchange experiences and knowledge between the different countries. Now, ten years after the start of RAIN Foundation, the scope of our work has shifted considerably: from concentrating on water for drinking water mostly on household level, we have gradually moved towards Multiple Use Services (MUS) and towards a catchment perspective (3R) with an environmental sustainability focus. Our current focus is on the integrated use and management of the rainwater potential within a landscape for domestic and productive use as well as restoration of the natural environment. Our way of working also evolved: from managing implementation programmes we are now more focused on mobilising and strengthening a range of existing rainwater harvesting networks to undertake collective action and on providing a knowledge hub via This exchange platform incites people from all sectors to come together, learn and share good practices of RWH. We believe that in the past decade a basis has been created for RWH to be taken to the next level and that our current efforts will help boost the global RWH movement. Strategic partnerships now need to be forged to facilitate water harvesting in all its dimensions. Objective The yearly RHCC meetings have been very valuable in terms of improving ourselves at what we are doing in the countries and also in terms of creating a team spirit between RAIN PMU and RHCC’s from all over the world. However these RHCC meetings are always, by character, rather inward looking: focused on local implementation by RAIN´s partner network and confined by donor related scope limitations. This year, we will limit the internal meeting to half a day in which internal programme issues with our RHCCs and main partners will be discussed. This meeting is for RAIN partners only. This year, instead of having a regular RHCC meeting, we want to broaden our focus. The objective of the Partner Exchange Meeting 2013 is to bring together strategic partners from out of our global network to see how we can jointly further upscale rainwater harvesting.
  2. 2. During two days the discussion will be dedicated to: o o o o Upscaling water retention, reuse and recharge (3R) at catchment level to creates a win-win situation in terms of both environment and socio-economic wellbeing. Developing a RWH programme which boosts business development while it ensures at the same time environmentally and socially sound practices. Moving from NGO driven programmes to Public Private Partnerships. Active and open knowledge sharing on rainwater harvesting. The invited strategic partners to the Partner Exchange Meeting 2013 (PEM2013) have a strong interest in rainwater harvesting in combination with environmental sustainability, WASH, food security and business development and all have different areas of expertise within this realm. Some are active on a national level and are more practical field oriented while others are active on an international or more thematic level. Bringing together these different perspectives on the common goal of sustainably upscaling rainwater harvesting for water and food security and environmental protection will inspire us all to develop innovative and positive ideas to reach that aspiration. During the PEM2013, we will strive for practical execution with quick wins at hand. Next to developing a shared strategy, we will also develop a joint agenda and activity plan 2014 -2015. On Thursday, the participants will join and be inspired by an excursion to a Dutch example of RWH. In the evening, an Environmental Sustainability Event is organised by RAIN Foundation, in collaboration with the Dutch WASH Alliance ( and with Pakhuis de Zwijger, platform for creation and innovation ( This event will be an interactive debate, open to the large public, on environmental sustainability of water projects, shedding light on water from a circular economy perspective and on reverse innovation. Some of the participants of the PEM2013 will be asked to participate actively during this E-event, by showcasing their experiences as examples for Amsterdam or by being part of a panel. The PEM2013 will be closed with the celebration of RAIN’s 10-year anniversary, celebrating a past decade of achievements and a coming decade of aspiration! Agenda outline December 10, 2013 @RAIN Office December 11, 2013 @RAIN Office 09.00 - 12.30: part1 PEM2013 Lunch included 09.00 - 12.30: part3 PEM2013 Lunch included 13.00 - 17.30: part2 PEM2013 13.00 - 17.30: part4 PEM2013 Evening: free (dinner own choice and expenses) Evening: free (dinner own choice and expenses) December 12, 2013 @Polderdak @Pakhuis de Zwijger 09.00 - 13.30: excursion 13.30 - 19.00: free/no programme 19.00 - 22.00: Environmental Sustainability Event 22.00 – 01.00: RAIN 10 year party
  3. 3. Participants # country organisation keywords Who Position web 1 Burkina Faso VDS Abdouramane Diallo Program Manager 2 Nepal BSP Nepal /RHCC Indira Shakya 3 Kenya SASOL Food security. RWH. Natural resource management. Lobby, RWH policy development, knowledge exchange. RWH and biogas. RWH and microfinance. Sand dams Board Member BSP Nepal; Program Manager RHCC CEO 4 Uganda JESE 5 Ethiopia Ripple 6 Mali 8 Somalia Helvetas SI Mali/ RHCC ICRAF/ Searnet RAAS 9 Burkina Faso iDE Burkina Faso 10 Ethiopia HoA-REC&N 11 Senegal Caritas Kaolack 12 India Akvo Asia Hub 13 India Rainwater Club 14 Nepal Helvetas SI Nepal 7 Kenya 1521 NL RAIN Mutinda Munguti Sustainable agriculture Teddy Twine and natural resource management. Knowledge management, Deres Abdulkadir research and capacity development in WASH and food security Program Manager CEO WASH, RWH. Yacouba Diallo RWH linking and learning. Maimbo Malesu Rainwater harvesting capacity development, lobby and implementation Enterprise development in WASH and food security. Rural marketing. MUS. Regreening, landscape restoration Programme management RWH, RAINCap project, innovation WASH Wiki. Openaid. Mobile phone based FLOW field monitoring. Really Simple Reporting. India, RWH, knowledge sharing, innovation and sustainability Water Use Master Plan and 3R. Food security. rainwater harvesting Ahmed Mohamed Abdi Program Manager Programme Coordinator CEO ects/searnet/ Laurent Stravato Country Director Almaz Tadesse Programme Coordinator Program Manager Amitangshu Acharya Program Manager Srikantaiah Viswanath CEO Juerg Merz Country Director entire team; Gilbert Sene