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After a ten year career at IRC, covering various leadership functions and being member of the IRC Management Team, Erma established herself as an independent consultant as per January 2015. Erma will continue her collaboration with IRC as an associate consultant.

Erma strongly believes in country leadership - national governments leading the development of a common vision, policy priorities and targets for the sector; National governments coordinating and directing all actors and interventions towards achievement of the commonly agreed vision and targets, monitoring progress and facilitating learning processes to adjust sector policies and practices when needed. Without national governments taking leadership and being backed by a strong sector system, achievement of WASH services for all and forever will remain an utopia and resources will remain being wasted.

Working with governments, at national and decentralised level, in facilitating sector-broad and multi-actor change processes towards strengthened sector capacities for sustained WASH service delivery, is Erma's passion.