We're an international think-and-do-tank working with governments, NGOs, entrepreneurs and people around the world. Together we find and implement long-term solutions to make access to safe water and sanitation available for everyone, for good. Our experience has taught us that this can be achieved by building resilient water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems – at district and national level. Systems are the networks of people, organisations, institutions and resources necessary to deliver services. Our strategy framework 2017-30 explains how we do this, and is guided by our theory of change.
Between now and 2030, we are committed to maintaining our long-term partnerships with selected districts in our focus countries. The aim is to ensure that at least one million people will have access to sustainable, safe and adequate WASH services by 2030.
What do the letters 'IRC' stand for?
'IRC' comes from International Reference Centre for Community Water Supply, which was our name from the founding of the organisation in 1968 (by the World Health Organization and Dutch government) to mid-1980s, when it changed into IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. Since 2014 we are known as IRC, no acronym, just our name in capital letters. Occasionally with the additional strapline: supporting water sanitation and hygiene services for life.
How can I get in touch with one of your offices?
All our contact details are available from the contact us page on this site.
Where does IRC get its money?
IRC is an independent, non-profit organisation. In 2017 our donor partners included: the Dutch government, the European Union, the US Agency for International Development, UNICEF, the World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Osprey Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.