Since the inception of IRC's current Business Plan 2012-2016, Uganda and Ethiopia have been identified as Focus Countries. The programme in Uganda is led by Kampala based René van Lieshout, who also manages IRC's activities in the wider East Africa region. The Ethiopia focus country programme is being setup by John Butterworth.
Since 2002 IRC has become increasingly active in Uganda. Work in the country represents an annual investment of around one million euros. A programmatic collaboration - the Joint WASH Programme (JWP) - was established between IRC and SNV in 2012, meaning that IRC is now involved in joint activities of about two million euros per year. This collaboration has made IRC’s work visible in eight districts.
IRC focusses on initiatives that strengthen learning processes, in particular at decentralised levels. IRC improves the capacity of local stakeholders, in government and civil society, to address problems with local solutions building on the strengths of local stakeholders, including the users of services. A second focus is on strengthening governance and accountability. IRC improves monitoring and accountability methodologies and tools, that contribute to service responsiveness to demand and performance. Action research involves stakeholders at all levels to inform national level policy development and implementation.
Since July 2013 Jane Nabunnya has succeeded René van Lieshout as director of IRC Uganda and is heading the Uganda Country programme. René continues to coordinate the IRC activities in East Africa.
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Ethiopia is now a focus country for IRC under its new strategy (2012-16). Implementing an IRC Ethiopia country programme is a high priority to support the Government of Ethiopia and its development and civil society partners to achieve the targets of universal access to water and sanitation. Although IRC has a long track record of supporting WASH sector development in the country over the past decade and beyond, this intensification of efforts shows commitment to one of the countries with the largest numbers of people without water and sanitation services, a huge disease burden and high levels of food insecurity.
For 2 years (2013 and 2014) the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) will work with at least 160,000 people in the arid lands of Kenya to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and build resilience to climate change. Four MWA member institutions – CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Food for the Hungry, and World Vision – will implement the programme. MWA member IRC and Dutch partners Aqua for All, Acacia Water, and Akvo will provide innovative approaches in water supply planning for multiple uses, hydrogeology, and monitoring.
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