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Capacity statement and track record

IRC has around 80 staff (at HQ and locally) and conducts activities in about a dozen focus countries including Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India and Uganda.

About us

IRC was founded in 1968 by the Dutch government upon request of the World Health Organization as a WHO Collaborating Centre. Currently, IRC is established as an autonomous, independent not-for-profit foundation with its Headquarters in The Netherlands, and local representations in the countries where IRC implements programmes. 

Our five key activities

  1. Supporting governments and WASH organisations to transform the way they work by providing coaching and consultancy;
  2. Experimenting to find solutions that work by leading multi-country, multi-million dollar research programmes that tackle complex problems;
  3. Advancing effective practice internationally by documenting research and sharing knowledge, through working groups, learning programmes, conferences and publishing;
  4. Catalyzing change in districts by pioneering new tools and systemic approaches to planning, developing and delivering WASH services for life;
  5. Transforming the way global decision makers address WASH challenges by campaigning and advocating, sharing what works, and lobbying for change.

Institutional capacity

IRC is committed to excellence, transparency and accountability. It has a solid automated financial and administrative support structure, with thorough internal procedures for programme management and quality control. This allows us to comply with the diverse reporting requirements of our different donors and work efficiently with relatively low overhead costs. In 2015, IRC ranked third in Philanthropedia’s list of highly effective international NGOs in the water and sanitation sector.

Over the years, IRC has successfully built up a large, in-depth network of reliable partner organisations in its focus countries, which allows us to take up new projects of large volumes relatively easy, as initial investments in structuring such partnerships and ways of working together have already been made. With most of our partner organisations formal MOUs are in place, and good communication structures and common ways of working have by now become standard shared practice.

IRC operates on a five-year planning cycle. Our current business plan spans 2012 to 2016. Annual turnover has increased significantly over recent years; for the duration of our current planning cycle, we will maintain a level of approximately €10,000,000 annually. IRC is audited yearly by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

 

 

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

 Annual turnover

€ 6,044,670

€ 7,746,685

€ 9,914,260

€ 9,534,322

€ 10,076,000

 Track record - major projects

 

 

Donor

IRC role

Budget

Country

Duration

TRIPLE-S: Sustainable services at scale

BMGF

Lead

€16,550,000

Ghana, Uganda

2008–2014

WASHCost: Quantifying the cost of delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene services

BMGF

Lead

€10,860,000

Burkina Faso, Ghana, India, Mozambique

2008–2013

SMARTerWASH: Mobile monitoring for rural water and sanitation services that last

FDW fund (DGIS)

Lead

€3,800,000

Ghana

2013–2015

BRAC-WASH II Programme: Ensuring sustainable access to sanitation, water and hygiene in hard-to-reach areas and for underserved people in Bangladesh

DGIS, BMGF

Lead

€3,300,000

Bangladesh

2011–2015

WA-WASH: West Africa water supply, sanitation and hygiene project

USAID

Partner

€2,300,000

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger

2011–2014

WASHTECH: Water, sanitation and hygiene technologies

EU

Lead

€2,000,000

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Uganda

2011–2013

Training Indian government officials: Building capacity into Indian water and sanitation sector

UNICEF

Lead

€175,000

India

2012–2013

PILS: Performance improvement through learning on sanitation

ADA

Lead

€350,000

Uganda

2009–2013

MUSTRAIN

Partners for Water

Lead

€455,000

Ethiopia

2011–2013

Community-led total sanitation: Empowering self-help sanitation of communities and schools in Africa

PLAN

Partner

€345,000

Africa (regional)

2009–2014

SHAW – Sanitation, Hygiene and Water for East Indonesia

SIMAVI

Partner

€380,000

Indonesia

2010–2014

WASHCost Calculator

BMGF

Lead

€350,000

Global

2012–2014

Sanitation Service Delivery in Burkina Faso

EU

Lead

€2,881,333

 

Burkina Faso

2014-2017

Millennium Water Alliance Ethiopia Programme

 

MWA

Partner

€250,000

 

Ethiopia

2014-2017

Improving the uptake of service delivery approaches to rural water provision

CNHF

Lead

€2,200,000

Ghana

2014-2017

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