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Published on: 27/10/2015

What is IRC doing in Africa and Asia to support sustainable amd inclusive water and sanitation services?

On 27 and 29 October, IRC presented a series of posters at the 2015 Water and Health Conference on topics ranging from service delivery approaches in Ghana and Ethiopia to costing studies for refugee camps in Chad and hygiene promotion in Bhutan, and sanitation for the disabled in Bangladesh.

To view the posters click on the images or scroll down to the Resources section below.  

Facilitating change in a complex environment: delivering rural water services in Ghana  Between 2009 and 2014 IRC through the Triple-S project, supported Ghana's rural water agency, the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), to build consensus around a new vision of adequate water services that are sustained over time and develop an approach to make that vision a reality. This poster shares some lessons from how CWSA, pilot districts (East Gonja - Northern Region; Sunyani West - Brong Ahafo Region; Akatsi North and Akatsi South - Volta Region) and partners were supported to navigate the sector's complex realities.
Costs and services of water in humanitarian context: results of a study conducted in two refugee camps  In 2014, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and IRC have started a collaboration to pilot the life-cycle cost approach in the context of refugee camps. The collaboration consisted in adapting the methodology to understand capital investment and the costs of ongoing operation and maintenance of water systems in refugee camps - both in emergency and post-emergency situations. The poster is based on Based on the work of Pezon, C., Bostoen, K. Carrasco, M. and Jacimovic, R., 2015. Costing water services in refugee camps. Camp Bambasi, Ethiopia, and Camp Kounoungou, Chad. The Hague: IRC. Geneva: UNHCR.
WASH and disabilities in Bangladesh: how can WASH reach everyone forever?  IRC is currently working to help around 75,000 people in Rangpur and Rajshahi in the Northern part of Bangladesh who are disabled to gain better access to sanitation. We are working with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) with a grant from ADRAS for research on access to sanitation for the disabled. The three-year project runs until 2016 in both Malawi and Bangladesh. IRC's focus in this project is on Bangladesh, where our work is linked to BRAC – Bangladesh's largest NGO that works in sanitation. IRC hopes to give a better insight into the prevalence of disability and on access to sanitation. The poster is based on the joint work by Marielle Snel, Kristof Bostoen and Adam Biran (LSHTM).

My water, my business: monitoring Self-supply in rural Ethiopia The Millennium Water Alliance-Ethiopia Programme (MWA-EP) is supporting local (woreda) governments through its member INGOs to better plan for, promote and monitor Self-supply as part of mainstream water sector activities. This includes an integrated programme looking at both supply and demand of relevant products and services, and featuring activities intended to introduce new technology, build up local private sector capacity and supply chains and improve access to finance amongst others. By assessing the success factors and barriers to Self-supply acceleration the initiative is intended to help government strengthen systems for encouraging and monitoring the adoption of Self-supply. This poster presents some results of the baseline survey in Omo Nada woreda, Oromia Region. 


Hygiene promotion in Bhutan: does it work and at what cost? The Hygiene Cost Effectiveness Study in Bhutan aims to analyse and compare the costs and outcomes of hygiene promotion interventions. It is based on IRC's WASHCost methodology, designed to help determine the costs and efficacy of WASH-related hygiene promotion interventions. In Bhutan, it is part of SNV Bhutan's Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All Programme, which provides technical support to the Ministry of Health for the further development and scaling up of the national Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Programme (RSAHP) with support from the Australian Government. The hygiene cost-effectiveness study includes: capturing behaviour change using the effectiveness ladder; capturing costs of hygiene interventions and comparing costs against behaviour changes. This poster shares the results of the study.


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