Scaling technology and changing water systems in most countries is not possible without input from properly equipped local government. "They are responsible for making sure people have access to water services. They need to be invested and have the capacity to do the work," says Marieke Adank, programme officer at IRC.
Marieke Adank features in Raconteur's special report, Future of Water which is out in The Times newspaper today. The article can be found online here.
A national symposium on Defining Effective Drinking Water Management Models in Burkina Faso, 18-19 October 2017, was organised by IRC Burkina Faso, UNICEF and the Ministry of Water in Burkina Faso. The event was mentioned on 5 national news sites:
Experts have pointed to a growing momentum among politicians, finance and business leaders toward meeting the global water and sanitation development goals. However, many also warn that development finance is still woefully small, that silos persist among actors, and that not enough attention is being paid to reaching the poorest of the poor. Includes quotes from IRC CEO Patrick Moriarty on SDG6 and urban sanitation. [Sophie Edwards, Devex, 4 September 2017]
Report on the two-day training for members of the Ghana Wastsan Journalist Network (GWJN) in Accra held as part of the IRC-led Watershed | empowering citizens strategic partnership. [GNA/NewsGhana.org, 4 Sept 2017]
'We are driving a transformational agenda towards WASH delivery in Ghana', said minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Joseph Kofi Adda at his press conference at the Stockholm World Water Week on 28 August.
Blog post (in Dutch) on Vice Versa (5 Jul 2017) by Stef Smits (IRC) and Kate Pearson (Max Foundation) on exit strategies in the WASH sector. The blog is based on the Max Foundation-IRC Event:that took place on 31 May 2017 in The Hague.
In lead-up to the release of the SDG6 baseline report by WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), Circle of Blue publishes interview (6 July 2017) with IRC's Catarina Fonseca, Tom Slaymaker (UNICEF and WaterAid.
The Mali newspaper Le Combat has featured a story about Watershed Mali. A short introduction of the project and its partners is given and Mrs Traoré Afou, the Watershed coordinator, explains the activities of the project. Watershed Mali will focus especially on two issues: the quality of the water (incl. wastewater management), and universal and sustainable access to drinking water.
Ghana news site citifmonline.com reported on the launch of the 'District Based Full WASH Coverage Start-Up Initiative' in Kenyasi in the Asutifi North District of the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. If successful, the initiative "will be replicated in other Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across Ghana", the article said. Quotes from IRC Ghana Director Vida Duti are included.