Over the years IRC has (co-)published more than 100 books, pamphlets and papers on key water and sanitation topics. New titles are added on a regular basis. An increasing number of these are available online, free of charge. This includes the series of Thematic Overview Papers (TOPs), which combine recent experiences, expert opinions and foreseeable trends with links to the most informative publications, websites and research information.
This section contains the guidelines and conventions that IRC is using in all its communication outputs.
This paper sets out a framework for the delivery of non-sewered sanitation services that last, are accessible to all and are at scale. The framework is based on IRC International Water and Sanitation’s (IRC) experience and lessons learnt from its engagement in non-sewered sanitation service at scale. Download full paper.
The business of the honey-suckers in Bengaluru (India): the potentials and limitations of commercial faecal sludge recycling
This paper explores some contributions being made by honey-sucker tanker operators -- that renders a small-scale sanitation service informally and within the private sector -- on waste (faecal) extraction and, in some cases, reuse. Operating outside the legal framework of waste management, its provides preliminary insight into the limitations and potentials of the 'honey-sucker business' as a sanitation service model, based on selected experiences in Bengaluru (India).
For aid-dependent sectors like the WASH sector, aid effectiveness poses opportunities to improve the quality of aid thereby maximising positive impacts for change in areas that need these the most. This paper examines the aid effectiveness agenda and reviews its implementation at international and various regional and country levels. The paper concludes by offering insight into how the contours of the aid effectiveness agenda may be redefined to better suit the needs of countries and realise sustainable development.
Read more or download 26_TOP_Aid_effectiveness_in_the_WASH_sector2011.pdf (3.3 MB)
This Thematic Overview Paper attempts to search for pro-poor financing models that can facilitate the urban poor’s access to complete sanitation services. It catalogues existing financing models and examines each based on an analytical framework that comprises six criteria. It offers a recommendation for mixing financing mechanisms to meet the urban poor’s needs, and makes a plea for developing poor-specific and full-cycle specific plans for sanitation.
Read more or download 2011_25_TOP_Sanitation_financing_models_for_the_urban_poor.pdf (3.7 MB)
Do you need to get up to speed quickly on current thinking about a critical issue in the field of water, sanitation and health?
Each TOP will contain enough immediate information to give a grounding in the topic concerned, with direct access to more detailed coverage of your own special interests, plus contact details of resource centres or individuals who can give local help.