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.
In The Hague, IRC celebrated World Toilet Day with the children of group 8 of the Den Hertog Primary School. Erick, our sanitation expert, very eloquently explained to a classroom filled with 12-year olds what IRC does and why. After that, the class went to record a videoclip on a toilet song! (for the Dutch: it was a song of "Kinderen voor Kinderen"). Two journalists were present to cover the event: children's magazine Sam Sam and The Hague TV and FM. The video clip and a nice recap can be found here.
19 November was World Toilet Day. Around the world people celebrated their toilets, their water and soap. It sounds funny, but toilets are a deadly serious business -- explains IRC's CEO Patrick Moriarty in the HuffPost Blog
On World Toilet Day, IRC calls on every local and national government to prioritize and invest in sanitation services. Other Dutch organisations such as Simavi, Aqua for All and SNV share the business wise vision as expressed on their websites. The World Toilet Organization has made 19 November, the official UN World Toilet Day. This year the focus is: Better Sanitation for Better Nutrition.
Patrick stresses the importance of creating lasting systems to achieving the Global Goals, particularly for providing sanitation and drinking water services. Patrick shares how funders can help grantees transition from service providers to systems builders. As a guest blog on WASHFunders.org. [03 November 2015]
We all know that "he who pays the piper calls the tune" - but what if the tune is the wrong one for the times? Can pipers push for new tunes? IRC's CEO Patrick Moriarty thinks so. A blog by the Huffingtonpost.
On October 7, 2015 the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH) and the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) of Ghana in collaboration with IRC organised the "State of Rural Water Services in Ghana" Forum. The Forum presented the monitoring data collected by CWSA on the state of rural water services in Ghana over the last year. Participants discussed conditions need to be in place to ensure continuity of the monitoring process. The Forum was supported by the SMARTerWASH project. Local newspaper the Daily Graphic published an interview by Edmund Smith-Asante with the focal person for the project and Director, Planning and Investments at CWSA, Mr Benedict K.A.N. Kubabom. Mr Kubabom explained how the the SMARTerWASH project collects data using android phones and AkvoFLOW software.