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We're holding ourselves accountable for the successful delivery of services to everyone in our partner districts, of the countries where we work. In this way we ensure that our work on systems strengthening does indeed lead to improved water, sanitation and hygiene service delivery.

By doing so, our work and strategy align with the principles set out in the Agenda for Change partnership of which we are a founding member.

Legal entity

IRC is registered at the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce The Hague (Kamer van Koophandel Haaglanden): registration number (CCI): 41151952

  • Legal information: IRC is a public benefit organisation, which means in Dutch 'Algemeen nut beogende instelling' (ANBI) and registered under RSIN: 800441734
  • Legal form: Stichting (comparable with Foundation)
  • Legal name: Stichting IRC, International Water and Sanitation Centre
  • Public name: IRC 
  • Corporate seat: The Hague
  • Visiting and postal address: Riviervismarkt 5, 2513 AM, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Telephone number: +31703044000

VAT – Number: The VAT – number of IRC is NL800441734B01


IRC is an NGO registered as a Foundation under Dutch Law. It has an oversight model of governance, consisting of a Supervisory Board and a Chief Executive Officer. The Supervisory Board has a role at some distance from daily operations, it approves the annual plan and budget, the annual report and accounts. Operational responsibility rests with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). IRC is committed to a management model based on participation and joint decision making. A Global Works Council elected by and representing IRC staff has a legal regulated advisory or approval authority and meets regularly with the CEO.

Business plans and reports

Strategy Framework

2021 was the final year of our medium term strategic plan (as part of  IRC’s Strategy Framework  2017-2030). In August 2021, we launched together with Water For People, a US based NGO the Destination 2030 strategy. This joint strategy is now the basis of the One For All alliance, (an alliance of IRC, Water For People and the NGO Water for Good) and includes shared outcomes, a shared results framework and monitoring indicators, and joint impact targets. Our current and past strategies are guiding our work until 2030 and frame our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals, and particularly Goals 6.1 and 6.2: Universal provision of water and sanitation services. The strategies built on the lessons we have learned over the past 15 years of supporting systems strengthening in our focus countries.

Annual reports

Read our 2022 programme, monitoring and financial reports.

For the reports of previous years, please visit our annual reports page

Organisation and staffing

On 31 December 2023, we had 100 staff members of which 68 were located in one of IRC's focus countries or regional programmes. In addition to its employees, IRC hosted four staff members for Sanitation and Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) and the Agenda For Change Secretariat. Our flexible workforce operated from 22 countries. Of the 100 staff members, 46 identify as female and 54 as male. Looking at the gender balance in the levels of work, we can see that men have higher representation in the group of Support Facilitators (drivers, cleaners and guards) but the differences at Officer, Expert and Management levels are minimal.

Code of conduct

The IRC Code of Conduct and the IRC Protection Against Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Policy are setting out the rules of conduct to which IRC employees, employer, members of the supervisory board, associates, consultants, interns, young professionals and volunteers must adhere. The Code of Conduct applies at all times whether in or outside normal working hours or locations. Violations of the code can be subject to disciplinary measures. PSEA initiatives include staff obtaining UNICEF PSEA certificates, having
designated Trust Persons that people can turn to, an established working group, improved policies, and bilingual accessibility of relevant information. We're aiming to comply with global standards, including mediation support.


IRC's External Complaint Policy has been put in place to ensure that all our external stakeholders, donors and partners globally have a clear and accessible means to make a formal complaint about IRC and have it dealt with. 

Equity, diversity and inclusion

In 2020 IRC committed to starting an internal dialogue and a review of our diversity performance. Review recommendations have been taken forward into new policies and internal governance systems in 2022, while we continue to prepare to turn ourselves into a networked organisation by 2025. Read more.

Carbon statement 

At IRC, we recognise our environmental footprint, especially in greenhouse gas emissions, and we're committed to achieve our ambitious goal to cut GHG emissions by 50% by 2030 (by FTE from a 2019 baseline). For this, we have a comprehensive policy and action plan: 

  1. Accountability and Transparency: we'll compile and report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually.
  2. Comprehensive Emission Reduction: we'll reduce emissions in all aspects of our operations. 
  3. Finance for Climate Action: we'll purchase carbon credits only after all other reduction efforts have been exhausted to support climate action beyond our own operations. 

We're dedicated to a sustainable future and will inspire others to join us. 

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