IRC is changing ...

Over the last decade IRC has gone through a profound change from being an information broker to a change agent.

This change will be reflected through our new website, which will provide our users with easier access to the range of resources and information that IRC provides and are better attuned to your needs.

We hope you will find the site easier to use and more valuable to help you do what you do. Most importantly of all we will be renewing our commitment to work with you to drive sustainable WASH services for life. We will be launching the new website in April 2014.

WASH Sustainability Forum: call for approaches and tools

Call to submit approaches or tools for sustainability to be featured at the fifth WASH Sustainability Forum, at the RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 30 June - 1 July 2014.

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In Focus: Learn more about WASH - Communicate it better through stories online

Journalists and communicators, do you want to improve your multimedia skills and deepen your understanding of how water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues are interconnected? IRC and RNTC are combining their expertise to offer a 3-week course in Multimedia Journalism and WASH, November 3 – 21, 2014.

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IRC and Aguaconsult launch new venture: ‘IRCconsult’

IRC and Aguaconsult, two highly regarded water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) organisations in the international development sector, announced today that they have launched a new consultancy venture: IRCconsult.

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Newsletter on the final day of the Seminar on Monitoring WASH in West Africa

The seminar came to a close at the end of Wednesday 9 April 2014. You can find information on the final three sessions in this newsletter. A consolidated account of the lessons learned will be available in the coming weeks.

And more about the seminar is available in this dedicated section.

Newsletter_day3_seminar_BF.pdf (411.6 kB)

IRC joins dialogue in Washington on Sanitation and Water for All

The third Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting will be held at the World Bank in Washington DC on 11 April 2014. It is a major milestone as developing and donor countries, and international organisations meet to discuss and commit to improved access to sanitation and water for all. The Dutch based think-and-do tank IRC announced its commitment statements today.

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Vacancy: Finance and administration manager

The Finance and Administration Manager will oversee and manage administrative, logistical, human resources and finances of the Burkina Faso Programme, in compliance with policies and procedures of IRC HQ and financing partners. 

Apply before Wednesday 30 April 2014

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IRC selected as an exhibitor for the Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India

IRC announced today that they will be an exhibitor at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India event which will be co-hosted by the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in March 2014. IRC will showcase the WASHCost Calculator that aims to help bring sanitation to those who need it most, entitled “the WASHCost project”. The fair is also supported by the Indian Ministry of Urban Development.

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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation backs IRC with US$ 3 million for work in Ghana

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded US$ 3 million to IRC – a leading champion of universal access to safe water services. The aim of the investment is to ensure that over the next three years, 1.3 million people in 13 rural districts in Ghana will have access to lasting water services.

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Future perspectives for rural water supply: “The death of the handpump?” - IRC winter debate

Recent large data sets from Burkina, Ghana, Mozambique and elsewhere are providing the evidence that service delivery models based on the premise of boreholes with handpumps far away from people’s homes are: 1) not sustainable 2) provide limited services 3) are in some cases more expensive that piped networks. Even very poor households prefer to invest in self-supply and clean dirty pond water than pay for cheaper operation and maintenance in further away systems. Reducing distance instead of affordability issues seems to be an important driver towards sustainability of rural water systems. IRC staff and experts debated the pros and cons.

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Post 2015

Universal access by 2030

Along with many others in the sector, IRC supported and contributed over the last couple of years to a series of dialogues to develop a shared sector vision for WASH in the post-MDG era.  

We are delighted with the one page document that has now emerged and that will be the basis of the WASH sectors submission to the broader post-2015 process. While endorsing the totality of the vision, we are particularly pleased with the inclusion of an unequivocal goal of universal access to basic WASH services by 2030.  

Equally, we strongly support the commitment to reduce inequalities in access.

The goals for 2030 are:

  • to eliminate open defecation;
  • to achieve universal access to basic drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for households, schools and health facilities;
  • to halve the proportion of the population without access at home to safely managed drinking water and sanitation services; and
  • to progressively eliminate inequalities in access.

More information can also be found in the more extensive document by UN Water.

WASH_post_2015.pdf (986.6 kB)

Photo series: Self-supply in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia

A fascinating photo series showing how families help themselves through the development of their own water supplies.

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