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IRC has been awarded a US$ 1 million grant to develop a fourteen year programme.

Burkina Faso: happy children. Photo: Celeste Flores/IRC

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded US$ 1 million to IRC to develop a plan for a fourteen year programme of collective action to achieve universal access to safe, reliable and affordable drinking water in districts in Burkina Faso, Uganda and Niger.

The Hilton Foundation and IRC share the same strategic vision: focussing efforts at the District level to ensure universal access to safe water and the progressive upgrading of service quality. IRC will translate this joint vision into a plan, which will include the following elements:

  • District level visions, strategies and plans for achieving universal access to safe, reliable and affordable drinking water.
  • A shared theory of change.
  • Clearly defined partnerships at district and national level.
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks to support the delivery of the plans in districts, and the extraction of lessons learned.

IRC's CEO Patrick Moriarty expressed his excitement at the opportunity the grant provides to support the Agenda for Change initiative. 

The planning grant will draw on the experience of both IRC and the Foundation, along with our partners, in strengthening national water governance systems, as well as across IRC's other programmes.

IRC's aim is to use and promote a common set of methodologies for creating a district water master plan in all the countries where the Foundation works.

Read more about the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Safe Water strategy and the Agenda for Change

You can download the full press release below.

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