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Published on: 25/08/2021

THE HAGUE and DENVER, August 25, 2021 – IRC CEO, Patrick Moriarty, and Water For  People CEO, Eleanor Allen, announced today 'Destination 2030,' a shared vision to reach 200 million people by 2030 through the establishment of a formal alliance aimed at accelerating progress toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) – water and sanitation for all.

In response to the fast-approaching 2030 SDG deadline, IRC and Water For People will now join forces to develop Destination 2030, a joint effort to close the gap for the estimated 2 billion plus people globally who still lack sustainable access to safe water, and the over 4 billion who lack access to safely managed sanitation.

The Destination 2030 vision is simple: The passionate pursuit of water, sanitation, and hygiene services for all. Destination 2030 goes beyond the vision to include a joint strategy and monitoring framework developed together and shared by Water For People and IRC. Combining forces, the two organizations aim to deliver increased reach and scale in-country, expand to new countries with new partners, promote a shared approach to systems change regionally and globally, and share expertise to improve effectiveness.  Together, they have set ambitious goals to serve 20 million people locally with improved service, to reach 200 million nationally through systems strengthening, and to influence global change so that governments, business leaders, and civil society organizations worldwide adopt similar principles to hasten progress toward SDG 6.  Destination 2030 was developed by diverse global teams local to the countries where both organizations work.  

On announcing Destination 2030 and the alliance to achieve it, Eleanor Allen, CEO, Water For People, said:  

‘’Over recent years, it has become clear that we share deep, fundamental beliefs about how to achieve SDG 6.  Namely, by supporting systems change and sector transformation to accelerate progress in the 15 countries where we work. We believe we can do more together and reach more people faster. We know what must be done to achieve SDG 6, and we have the on-the-ground teams with expertise to support governments in the countries where we operate to achieve this goal.’’  

Patrick Moriarty, CEO, IRC also commented:  

‘’The world is changing; the WASH sector must change, too. If we don’t, we will fail in the global ambition to attain safe water and sanitation for everyone. We will not be party to that failure. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the fact that far too many people around the world still lack safe water and sanitation. Our goal is to solve this challenge by connecting big, disruptive ideas with real, operational delivery. Together we can do this better than we can alone.’’  

In the lead-up to Destination 2030, the organizations also produced their first joint position paper Climate Change, Water Resources, and WASH, which examines the links between climate change, Water Resources Management, and WASH services. The paper is accompanied by 12 case studies from low- and middle-income countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Explore Destination 2030

Editors notes  


In February 2020, IRC and Water  For  People announced the creation of a strategic partnership. Shortly thereafter, they began the process of intensive investigation and consultation with employees, external advisors, and stakeholders around this new initiative. In July 2020, a Letter of Intent to formally develop the strategic partnership was signed by both organizations. The evolution of the process led to the formation of an alliance and to the formal development of Destination 2030.  The Destination 2030 vision will be accompanied by a formal strategy in December 2021 with specific shared 2025 and 2030 targets.  

About IRC  

IRC is a catalyst of change, working in every corner of water, sanitation, and hygiene to build and strengthen systems that transform lives. With its partners, the organisation uses its expertise to deliver water and sanitation systems in eight countries and 31 districts and municipalities. IRC works with local and national governments, businesses, and civil society, and with international partners around the world to promote systems thinking and delivery. Its international team is made up of over 90 recognised water, sanitation, and hygiene service specialists and dedicated field staff, based in its focus countries, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Mali, Niger and Uganda, and additional offices in the Netherlands and the United States. For more information visit  

About Water  For  People  

Founded in 1991 in Denver, Colorado, Water For People is a global nonprofit working across nine countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa to achieve lasting access to clean water and sanitation services. Water For People brings together communities, local entrepreneurs, and governments to build, operate, and maintain their own systems so that every family, health clinic, and school has access to safe water and sanitation that will last for generations to come. This impact model is called Everyone Forever. Learn more at  


Marc Jaffrey, Director Global Communications | IRC |
Jody Carman, Director Marketing & Communications | Water For People|

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