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.
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.