Water and Sanitation

Resources aimed at improving water and sanitation issues in developing countries

Roads for water

Water is short in many places but roads are everywhere – and when it rains it is often along the roads that most water runs, as roads unknowingly either serve as a dike or a drain. By ‘harvesting’ the water with these roads, water shortage can be overcome and climate change addressed. The roads for water website offers training material and documents on how to implement these roads for water.

>> http://roadsforwater.org

RWH technologies

the Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network makes available resources about rainwater harvesting.

>> http://searnet.net/index.php?id=40

Water for Arid Land

his website provides information and data on relatively cheap methods of harvesting rainwater during the short erratic rainy seasons for use in long dry seasons in our changing climate.

>> http://www.waterforaridland.com

Waterlex Toolbox 

The Toolkit aims at assisting development practitioners in effectively contributing to the realization of the human right to water and sanitation in the country of intervention. The toolkit informs about the Human right to water and sanitation, then helps to evaluate the present situation; followed by guidelines, checklists and good practices to assist you in applying best practices. 

>> http://www.waterlex.org/waterlex-toolkit

Rain 4 Food

Makes available around 150 documents in several water-related themes in their section for sharing documents. We suggest to select your language of preference to reveal the available documents. (En, Fr, ES, PT.
>> http://www.rain4food.net/sharing-documents

Rain4food also has a separate page to link to other online resources like NGOs & companies, how-to publications, lessons from the field,  and information hubs & tools.
>> http://www.rain4food.net/rwh-sources/#akvopedia:Rainwater_harvesting_sources

Finally Rain4Food makes available the Rainwater Wiki, part of Akvopedia. It is a knowledge library on Tools, Technologies and Innovation Pilots, all specifically about rainwater harvesting. It has been developed by the Rainwater for Food Security programme, in collaboration with Akvo Foundation.

>> http://www.rain4food.net/wiki/#akvopedia:Rainwater Harvesting

Rural-water-supply WSN

RWSN is a global network of professionals and practitioners working to raise standards of knowledge and evidence, technical and professional competence, practice and policy in rural water supply and so fulfil the vision of sustainable rural water services for all. Their library contains almost 500 documents. 

>> http://www.rural-water-supply.net


Solution MUS

Multiple-use water services (MUS) is a holistic approach to delivering water services that meet people’s health and livelihood needs. The implementation resources include documents on MUS, water services, health, livelihoods, environment and cross-cutting activities. Apart of this, the resources als include documentation of evidence, research and solution stories.
>> http://www.solutionmus.org/resources


the International Water and Sanitation Centre bridges the knowledge gap and fosters joint learning with partners for improved, low-cost water supply, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries.
>> http://www.irc.nl 


Looking for a groundwater expert or information? This UN groundwater center offers a database that will help you find experts around the world, and lots of online and offline resources on groundwater.
>> un-igrac.org

The water channel tv

Watch inspiring and informative videos related to water around the world
>> http://thewaterchannel.tv/


a ‘wiki’ or public encyclopedia on water issues for the development context. The goal is to improve water and sanitation projects through knowledge exchange on smart and affordable technical solutions and effective approaches.
>> akvo.org/wiki


Wahara is an EU project which will run until 2016, focussing on water harvesting for rainfed Africa
>> http://www.wahara.eu/

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