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Deirdre has sixteen years of experience as a programme officer and traininer in the water supply and sanitation sector. The focus of her work is on sector capacity building and learning for strengthening water sector governance. Deirdre is conducting a doctoral research project on approaches to delivering systemic change in the water sector. The research seeks to ground IRC's approach to delivering change in the water sector through the lens of complex adaptive systems sciences. Agent based modelling serves as the experimental tool for exploring complexity-based approaches to delivering large scale systemic change. The research is being done in collaboration with the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft Technical University in The Netherlands.

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2013 - 2014 Coordinator IRC Training Services
Revitalised in 2012, IRC's training services form a central component of the organisation's core activities.

IRC offers a range of online and tailor-made training programmes based upon thematic and practical areas such as Costing Sustainable Services: The Life Cycle Cost Approach; A Service Delivery Approach: Roles and Functions of Water Service Authorities and Governance of WASH Services.

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