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.
Spectrum Radio One 21-06-2016 - Talk Show WASH Symposium Kampala. In this talk show Patrick Moriarty (CEO of IRC), Jude Byansi (Water and Sanitation Supervisor of Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA)) and the Assistant Commissioner of the Department Rural Water Supply of Uganda's Ministry of Water and Environment discuss the following subjects: current Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in Uganda; the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6); and the Kampala WASH Symposium 2016.
Afgelopen week kwamen de uitslagen van de eindexamens. Minister Ploumen kan haar vlag met boekentas nog niet uithangen. Als ik zo haar rapport en cijferlijst bekijk, moet ze voor tenminste één van haar hoofdvakken – water – op herkansing, schrijft Stef Smits van IRC. In deze blog heeft hij een aantal oefenvragen ter voorbereiding.
Long considered a symbol of development aid, up to 40% of handpumps in sub-Saharan Africa are broken at any one time.
"The method whereby agencies go in and just put boreholes in without the necessary support structures has to end," says Casey. A coalition of NGOs – including WaterAid, IRC and Water for People – are working towards the Agenda for Change, a plan to transform how rural water supplies are provided. "It's about working with national systems, supporting where changes or adjustments to those systems need to be made, and really pushing to get these sustainable water supply services in place," says Casey. "There's a momentum gathering and we'd like more NGOs to come onboard with the principles."
How does a typical day of an IRC employee look like? Catarina Fonseca kept a diary for EA, the alumni magazine of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Therein, she talks about her background and what drives her to work at the IRC. According to Fonseca, it is an art to avoid both naivety and cynicism. An ingenious formula does not exist: "Social change takes time." Read the story in EA.