The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced that it approved 27 grants totaling $35.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2016, which brings the amount of grants awarded for 2016 to more than $111 million, which surpasses the amount of grants awarded in 2015. $1 million was granted to IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre to create the foundation for an ambitious learning and collective action initiative that will catalyze development of SDG 6 in Burkina Faso, Niger and Uganda.
De watersector zou zich meer bewust moeten zijn van het vóórkomen van corruptie wereldwijd en vaker de juiste vragen moeten stellen. Onderzoeken naar de besteding van watergelden moeten openbaar gemaakt worden. Dat waren enkele belangrijke conclusies afgelopen vrijdag tijdens de presentatie van het rapport Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016 in Het Buitenhof in Den Haag.
Report on the WIN-IRC Event on the launch of the Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016, published in Waterforum on 20 April 2016.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded 1 million US dollar to Dutch-based IRC, an international think-and-do-tank on WASH-issues. An adapted version of the joint Conrad N. Hilton Foundation-IRC press release.
Published on dutchwatersector.com, 21 December 2016
On the eve of World Toilet Day, Devex spoke to four sanitation experts to get their insights on the major challenges ahead and what needs to change if universal sanitation for all is to become a reality. One of those experts was IRC's international advocacy expert and Iead on U.S. partnerships Elynn Walter,
The University of Colorado Boulder has been selected by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead a $15.3 million effort to better understand how to improve the sustainability of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions in the developing world. Supported by partners Tetra Tech and LINC, IRC will lead delivery of one of three projects under the initiative.
Stef Smits was one of the WASH experts interviewed for an article about the 7th Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Forum that was published in the Planeta Futuro section of Spanish newspaper El País. Planeta Futor is similar to the Guardian's Global Development section. Stef is quoted on the importance of monitoring and allocating budgets to maintain what already exists. The article mentions some innovations in information and communications technology (ICT) for WASH such as SIASAR, the Rural Water and Sanitation Information System for Central America.
Published in El Pais on 5 December 2016 [In Spanish].
On 14 October a project was launched that will improve access to drinking water and sanitation to 1,860 people in the municipalities of Chinda, El Negrito and San Antonio in Honduras. The project, funded by the Inter-american Development Bank and implemented by IRC and Water For People, will develop innovative models for bringing water and sanitation services to those people living in the rural dispersed areas.
Published in newspaper El Diario Honduras [in Spanish]
SkyFox is equipping Area Mechanics with the tools, technology, and logistics to ensure communities have clean water by repairing broken boreholes in under three days' time. A major obstacle for Area Mechanics is finding the spare parts needed locally. When items can be found locally, often times the price is much higher than it is in major cities like Accra and Kumasi.
Every year thousands of projects within and beyond the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector fail as a result of short-term targets and interventions – and at the cost of long-term service solutions. This problematic issue leaves a third of the world’s poorest people without access to water, the most basic of human rights, and leads directly to economic, social and health problems on a global scale.
A commentary by IRC's Catarina Fonseca published in the July/August 2016 issue of the Water Environment' Federation's magazine World Water.