- What we do
- Where we work
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
- Supporting governments and WASH organisations to transform the way they work by providing coaching and consultancy;
- Experimenting to find solutions that work by leading multi-country, multi-million dollar research programmes that tackle complex problems;
- Advancing effective practice internationally by documenting research and sharing knowledge, through working groups, learning programmes, conferences and publishing;
- Catalyzing change in districts by pioneering new tools and systemic approaches to planning, developing and delivering WASH services for life;
- Transforming the way global decision makers address WASH challenges by campaigning and advocating, sharing what works, and lobbying for change.
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.
Track record - major projects
TRIPLE-S: Sustainable services at scale
WASHCost: Quantifying the cost of delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene services
Burkina Faso, Ghana, India, Mozambique
SMARTerWASH: Mobile monitoring for rural water and sanitation services that last
FDW fund (DGIS)
BRAC-WASH II Programme: Ensuring sustainable access to sanitation, water and hygiene in hard-to-reach areas and for underserved people in Bangladesh
WA-WASH: West Africa water supply, sanitation and hygiene project
Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger
WASHTECH: Water, sanitation and hygiene technologies
Burkina Faso, Ghana, Uganda
Training Indian government officials: Building capacity into Indian water and sanitation sector
PILS: Performance improvement through learning on sanitation
Partners for Water
Community-led total sanitation: Empowering self-help sanitation of communities and schools in Africa
SHAW – Sanitation, Hygiene and Water for East Indonesia
Sanitation Service Delivery in Burkina Faso
Millennium Water Alliance Ethiopia Programme
Improving the uptake of service delivery approaches to rural water provision