In this blog, IRC's head of innovation and international programme Catarina Fonseca discusses the financing of the post-2015 development goals. "A substantial part of funding for development should be sought elsewhere," she argues. Through public finance. Or tax, as we call it.
Public finance- money derived from taxation- is critical for achieving water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone forever. But how do we get governments to prioritise it? What should it be used for? And how can we get it flowing to local levels? WSUP, IRC and Trémolet Consulting will be exploring...
The Prime Minister has given a call for ‘Swachh Bharat’ (Clean India) as a mass movement to realise Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India. To make this campaign a success, it needs to become a bureaucratic priority in addition to a political priority.
Clearly there are astronomical WASH challenges in the mega cities around the world in terms of coping with the water and sanitation services in urban areas. IRC believes that to ensure sustainable sanitation for all, there is a need to look at sanitation beyond interventions or programmes.
As we approach near universal water supply coverage, India is facing the twin challenges of achieving last mile coverage and simultaneously addressing sustainability of the massive assets already created.
This blog, written in the context of Burkina Faso, sets out how the lack of integrated approaches to WASH is one of the limiting factors in achieving universal access to WASH services. National policy makers and donor agencies insufficiently take the one-package WASH advantages into account, with...
During the last WEDC conference in Hanoi, IRC and Aguaconsult organised a side event to discuss how different service delivery models are combined to provide universal and better access to rural water.
Over the years, IRC's focus has evolved from supporting community management, to working on a 'whole system' approach to sector change. In this second blog in our series on a learning and adaptive sector we chart IRC's evolution and explore the central role of collective learning for delivering...
Priceless! tells the story of the five year WASHCost project to disentangle the costs of water, sanitation and hygiene. The project has influenced international discourse about WASH services and how costs relate to quality and sustainability, and has spun off assets such as the WASHCost Share tool...
Is aid and trade the answer to "Dead Aid"? Is it just tied aid in disguise? Does it make sense in the water sanitation and hygiene sector? IRC invited a group of stakeholders from the Dutch WASH sector to The Hague on 17 September 2014 to discuss all this and more. Join the discussion!
IRC updated its ladder to measure effectiveness of hygiene interventions, which is breaking down hygiene practices according to categories, and that can be used to compare the "before" and "after" behaviour of a beneficiary, for a given intervention.
This second post - in a series of articles on water resources management by Charles Batchelor and John Butterworth - looks at water services from a water resource management (WRM) perspective. In the first article we discussed IWRM and the 'i' for integration in water resources management.
"We can see that what was happening six or seven thousand years ago is still affecting what is happening in the subsurface from a salinity point of view. If you want to know what is happening now, you have to go back in time and try to understand how the groundwater system works," says Oude Essink
What about looking deep into on-going WASH programmes and analysing their strengths and weaknesses? What about designing innovative ways of measuring the effectiveness of these approaches? And what about testing adjustments to their activities to make the interventions even more effective?
In many parts of the world it is not done to ask questions about someone’s loo or toilet. It is not discussed among neighbours or friends. Usually that is the case in places where sanitation works perfectly and is not considered anything special.
Sierra Leone's Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Health and Sanitation have spearheaded learning and better coordination in the sector to achieve national water and sanitation targets.Translating high-level commitment into daily practice takes determination, time and skills.
In this blog Patrick Moriarty reflects on Stockholm World Water Week 2014. There is good progress in language (and some tools) around the role of government in delivering services, he argues. But it's still an uphill struggle on who pays for what.
This second blogpost of three on urban sanitation in Indonesia describes the mismatch between policy and practice. Politicians have set the ambitious target to make Indonesia open defecation free by 2019, but a recent visit to Indonesian municipalities makes me wonder whether striving for the end...
Who are public water service providers held accountable to? To the politicians and policy makers who define their goals and allocate public resources to achieve those goals? Or are they accountable to the citizens, including the poor, to whom they are providing their services? In this blogpost by...
Communities have an important role to play in sustainable services. In this blog, I present personal highlights reflections from the session on Community-Led Approaches to change in Africa at World Water Week in Stockholm.