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The Hague, 28 March 2018 – The Osprey Foundation has awarded US$ 450,000 over three years to IRC – a leading champion of universal access to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.
The aim of the investment is to support vital functions that ensure IRC can continue to lead collective action towards universal WASH access in partner districts in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India and Uganda.
The Osprey Foundation and IRC share the same strategic vision, and, together with other key partners, conceived and brought the Agenda For Change movement to life. In addition to the Osprey Foundation's continuing support of this movement; which focuses on building the national and local systems needed to deliver safe and sustainable access to water and sanitation; they continue to support IRC in ensuring that its flagship programmes have the support they need to function optimally.
Louis Boorstin, Osprey Foundation's Managing Director, said: "IRC plays a key role in the water and sanitation sector because it works to strengthen the local systems – government, private sector and community groups – to deliver safe and sustained services to the poor. That's not as easy as just digging wells or giving away toilets, but it's much more likely to result in water and sanitation services that meet the needs of poor communities over the long run."
IRC will use this investment to support its systems led thinking and approach, communicate at key international and sectoral events, and assist in activities around its 50th anniversary celebrations.
IRC's CEO Patrick Moriarty expressed his excitement at the opportunity the grant provides to support IRC's historic position as a champion and thought leader within the WASH sector.
Patrick Moriarty said: "IRC is very lucky to have the Osprey Foundation as a partner. They not only provide financial support, they fundamentally understand that building strong national systems is the only way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and end aid dependency."
IRC is an international think-and-do tank that works with governments, NGOs, businesses and people around the world to find long-term solutions to the global crisis in water, sanitation and hygiene services. At the heart of its mission is the aim to move from short-term interventions to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.
With over 45 years of experience, IRC runs programmes and projects in more than 25 countries and large-scale projects in seven focus countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is supported by a team of over 100 staff across the world.
Media contact details IRC
Vera van der Grift, Head of Global Communications
T +31 70 304 4000
About Osprey Foundation
The Osprey Foundation supports water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) initiatives that deliver effective, sustainable, and scalable services in poor communities. Osprey's WASH program focuses on three main approaches: supporting systems change that provides sustainable access to WASH services at scale; seeding innovative models that create game-changing improvements in the way WASH services are delivered to the poor; and, advocating for change within the sector through collaboration with other WASH funders. For more information, please visit www.ospreyfdn.org.
Media contact details Osprey Foundation
Louis Boorstin, Managing Director