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.
SNV and IRC have been active in Bhutan in the Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All project, a capacity building approach, supporting local government to lead and accelerate progress towards district-wide sanitation coverage with a focus on institutional sustainability and learning. Work revolves around a number of specific components one of which is hygiene behaviour change communication. Currently a learning event, organised by SNV, IRC and the Ministry of Health, on this topic is underway in Paro, Bhutan. Apart from this activity, IRC is also involved in a study, which attempts to correlate changes in behaviour and the costs invested by the Bhutan government to bring about this change in Samtse district. This study will be conducted for the next two years. The results of this study will provide information to the government on what practices are worth replicating in other districts.
Ghana's Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing has urged stakeholders in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector to focus more on long-term sustainable service approach than the one-off project-based method.
Written by Edmund Smith-Asante for Graphic Online Ghana, GhanaWeb and Environment News Ghana - 'The government of Ghana is currently funding 20,000 borehole water supply projects with GH¢17 million from the Consolidated Fund over a five-year period, the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, has said' during a forum which also marked the end of the "Sustainable Services at Scale" (Triple-S) project.
Published by Ghana News Agency - Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing has lauded the International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) for supporting Ghana's socio-economic development through its innovative projects.