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 website in April 2014, for a sneak preview of our new brand – visit our promotional site at http://www.ircwash.org/
The IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is commissioning an end-of-project evaluation of its Triple-S │Water Services that Last project. Triple-S is a six-year initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and ending in November 2014. We seek a qualified evaluation team to conduct this independent final evaluation.
Apply before Monday 17 March 2014
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.
The opening day of the seminar, 7 April 2014, is fast approaching and we are busy finalising all the details.
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.
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)
A fascinating photo series showing how families help themselves through the development of their own water supplies.
Relatively new and emerging categories of human settlements, such as small towns, may require a different set of service arrangements to facilitate the provision of water. In this paper, Marieke Adank presents the main features and understanding of what constitutes "small towns" to determine the most appropriate water service arrangement for this new phenomenon.
Water and sanitation services a given, not a gift
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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).