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Bridging science, practice and policy

Published on: 13/10/2014

At the 2014 The Water and Health Conference, IRC will share experience from our work on water service monitoring, on aid effectiveness and make a case for mobilising public finance for water sanitation and hygiene. 

From October 13th to 17th, the Water Institute at University of Northern Carolina (UNC) will host its annual Water and Health Conference: "Where Science Meets Policy". IRC seeks to bridge practice and policy with evidence-based knowledge from our in-country and global work. Find out more about contributions of IRC at the conference and scroll down for links to our related work.

IRC's CEO Patrick Moriarty is a keynote speaker at the event. On Wednesday morning (8:30- 9:30 AM) Patrick Moriarty will be talking about the critical importance of public finance- money derived from national or local taxation for delivering water and sanitation services for everyone, for life. We need to build a better evidence base, and drive a new momentum to create public finance solutions that work.

On Monday afternoon, Patrick and IRC Ghana's Director Vida Duti will contribute to the panel and co-facilitate a session on Targeting Aid More Effectively in the WASH Sector: Aligning Financing Towards Country Needs and Priorities (Monday 13th 1:00-4:30 PM). This session will provide an opportunity to discuss the role of aid in the WASH sector and how to improve alignment and coordination between countries and external support agencies to assist countries in reaching their goals. IRC is an active member of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), has been closely involved in the UN-Water GLAAS report and has developed an information package about aid effectiveness in water sanitation and hygiene, scroll down for more information.

Partnerships between the public and private sector are invaluable for taking innovations forward. On Tuesday morning, in the session on Public-Private Partnerships in Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Technology, Patrick will present a case study of private public collaboration on a trialling a water filtration technology by ProCleanse in Northern Ghana (Tuesday 8:30-10:00 AM).

On Tuesday from 5:00-6.30 PM, Vida Duti will present a poster entitled 'Water service monitoring in Ghana: Do the benefits outweigh the costs?' IRC has been working closely with the Community water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) of Ghana to develop a new monitoring framework for rural and small town water services. Scroll down to find out more about how IRC is helping Ghana achieve its national vision of providing water and sanitation services to all by 2025.

On Wednesday in a second poster session, Sarah Sparker of Millenium Water Alliance (MWA) will present on 'Planning for sustainable water delivery in Kenya's arid and semi-arid lands'. This presentation focuses on an innovative approach developed and tested in the program, using local, participatory water planning to match water resources with water demand, using hydro-geological data at the catchment level to build storage to improve groundwater water recharge, retention and reuse. IRC is one of the partners in the Kenya Arid Lands Disaster Risk Reduction Project. Find out more by clicking on the link below.

And finally, together with WSUP and Tremolet Consulting, IRC is seeking collaboration for a learning initiative on mobilising public finance for water, sanitation and hygiene. Watch our website for more about this important topic!


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