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.
Financial expert attending a session on this matter at the Stockholm World Water Week welcomed the idea of a dedicated bank for WASH-projects. The details of such a bank were presented by the Dutch delegation. Senior advisor Dick van Ginhoven of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that for his government the idea stage is already past and the establishment of a national water bank is imminent in Kenya. The session took place on 27 August and was organized by the British Department for International Development (DFID), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Bank, Unicef and WHO.
Dutch aid organisations that collaborate in the WASH Alliance International, announced at the Stockholm World Water Week to step up and accelerate the pace with which they realize new water supply and sanitation facilities in less developing countries.
Dutch non-governmental organisation IRC and the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) signed a partnership agreement to work together on the delivery of lasting WASH services in Africa. Both organisations will collaborate on sector learning, knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation and capacity. The agreement was signed at the Stockholm World Water Week on 25 August 2015.
Published by Jac van Tuijn Dutch water sector news - We have just five years to get the financing mechanisms right if we want to achieve universal access to water and sanitation by 2030. IRC's head innovation and international programme Catarina Fonseca issued this warning at a meeting on mobilising domestic finance for water, sanitation and hygiene. The meeting was held in the Hague, the Netherlands, on 3 June and was organised by IRC Wash in collaboration with NWP.
IRC's Stef Smits and Catarina Fonseca wrote a blog in Dutch on tax for water (Belasting voor Water!) as contribution to the online debate "Raising the Game" on finance for development organised by magazine Vice Versa.