IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is a knowledge-focused NGO with a vision and a mission. We work with a worldwide network of partner organisations in order to achieve equitable and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. IRC’s roots are in advocacy, knowledge management and capacity building. The organisation was founded in 1968. (See also the IRC Brochure).
IRC's vision of the world we want to see and who we want to be. Our goals, values and principles.
IRC, Water For People, and WSUP are collaborating by aligning each organisation’s current and future programming to achieve Everyone Forever. Everyone Forever is an end state that’s achieved when 100% of households, schools, clinics, and businesses receive a sustainable water and sanitation service.
News from IRC, such as announcements of new publications and activities and results from advisory work and projects.
If you wish to make a complaint, please fill in IRC's online complaints form.
IRC's transparency and accountability reporting includes, ongoing monitoring, annual reports, monitoring reports, financial accounts, and external assessments and evaluations.
We have more than 60 members of staff, who form a unique team of internationally recognised specialists and dedicated support staff working in a variety of fields of importance to the water and sanitation sector, including information science, information and communication technology, engineering, sociology, anthropology, economics, and journalism. We have a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, with some 25% of staff members hailing from outside the IRC's home base in the Netherlands.
IRC staff work primarily as facilitators, guiding partners in coming to grips with sector problems, and jointly identifying and testing solutions. IRC also draws on staff from partner institutions in both the North and the South who have complementary skills.