Published on: 29/10/2003
IRC ran the RCD Programme in over 18 countries. An overview of the programme is provided here.
IRC provides world wide support to Sector Resource Centre Development
IRC ran the RCD Programme in over 18 countries. IRC provided support to:
Target: the Millennium Development Goals
The Millennium Development Goals represent a new determination to address the needs of the poorest and most deprived communities. They include halving the number of people without access to clean water and sanitation by 2015. This is a very tall order. It will mean getting clean water to an additional 250,000 people and sanitation facilities to 350,000 every day for the next 12 years.
Can this be done? The know-how is out there—spread and fragmented among the tens of thousands of technicians, instructors, engineers, administrators, policy makers and community groups who will be planning, constructing, maintaining and using these facilities. Ways need to be found to share this wealth of information and experience so that it can be put to use by everyone working to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
The high cost of lessons unlearned
Over the past couple of decades, a vast amount has been learned about how to implement effective water and sanitation projects — and how not to. Yet many successful small innovative initiatives are never taken up by the mainstream, and many high-profile schemes continue to be a source of disappointment — grabbing the headlines when new, but soon falling into neglect and disrepair. This is because the lessons we have learned, and new knowledge and experience that is developing all the time, is useless until it is in the hands of the people who carry out the work.
Our focus is on ensuring that all those involved in researching, planning, building, maintaining and using the water and sanitation systems of tomorrow can benefit from the lessons of yesterday and the experiences of those involved in similar projects today, so that systems designed to be functional by the target of 2015 can be relied upon to still be serving their communities in 2035 and beyond.
Resource Centres: the intelligence services of the water sector
We were using our long-term partnerships with southern resource centres, our 30 years' experience and our expertise in the area of water and sanitation information, to develop a network of local organisations that coulc act as the intelligence services of the water sector in their locality, absorbing information from all around and putting it to use.
These Resource Centres need to:
The IRC Resource Centre Programme
The IRC Resource Centre Development Programme ran in 19 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. In some of them IRC was working with long-term partner organisations, but in others it started from scratch, selling the programme to organisations active in the water sector and working with those who want to be part of the programme.
IRC supported these groups in their efforts to:
The development of Resource Centres formed the centrepiece of IRC’s business plan for 2002-2006. IRC believes such Centres can play a vital role in ensuring that the unity of purpose and political will represented by the Millennium Development Goals, leads to quality and sustainable improvements.
IRC helped develop Resource Centres in: