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WASH Talk is IRC's podcast series which opens up the discussion on sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services around the world.


The episodes will cover a range of WASH-related topics linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as systems approach; menstrual hygiene management; and monitoring and financing WASH systems.


WASH Talk shares ideas on changes the WASH sector has to make in order to contribute to achieving universal access by 2030. To do so speakers from all over the world are given a voice in this podcast series. Not only specialists from within the WASH sector will share their thoughts. Also, policy makers, human rights activists, and people working directly with water consumers in developing countries are part of a wide range of speakers in this podcast series.

Bill Kingdom (Global Lead for Water Supply and Sanitation in the Water Global Practice at the World Bank) and Tom Slaymaker (Deputy Head of Policy at WaterAid) are some of the important players in the WASH sector speaking in one of the episodes. 

During each episode host, Jeroen Westerbeek and co-host Catarina Fonseca (Head of International and Innovation Programme at IRC) guide lively discussions with the various speakers to enlighten the listeners on a specific WASH topic. 

Host | Jeroen Westerbeek 
| Jeroen is a Dutch radio and video producer with a passion for travel and social issues. Jeroen began his career as a radio reporter, switched to television and spent 10 years as a reporter and producer for Africa Report. He has also travelled far and wide as a multimedia trainer for Training4News. Today Jeroen is immersing himself in 360-degree storytelling and combines his creative talents with cutting edge technology. Presenting WASH Talk brings him back to his radio roots.  

Co-host | Catarina Fonseca | Catarina has 19 years of experience in development cooperation and 16 in the water supply and sanitation sector. She has pioneered sector development on the understanding of life-cycle costs and financing. She is part of the IRC management team, is Head of the International and Innovation Programme of IRC and is the Watershed: empowering citizens' Director. Catarina has a passion for evidence and data in support of good governance ("acknowledging it is a tough call"). 


Stay tuned

Each last day of the month IRC will publish a podcast episode on the website. Follow IRC on SoundCloud so you will never miss an episode!

Share knowledge

Please feel free to participate in the discussion by leaving your comment under the episode in question. The aim of the podcasts is to share knowledge between different actors and levels within the WASH sector. Also, we would be interested in hearing your suggestions for topics or issues you would like to learn more about in future episodes.

Spread the word

Spread the word by sharing the episodes via Twitter using the hashtag #washtalk.


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