The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and IRC share a belief in strengthening in-country institutions and capacities of service providers and government authorities at all levels, from district to national. This is key to achieving the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal no. 6: ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is supporting IRC with a grant of US$ 7,635,000 to the end of 2021 which is used to strengthen governance systems of district-based programs and play the role of a change hub to support achieving safe, affordable and reliable water across six countries Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Uganda. IRC focuses on building the capacity of local authorities and partners to develop and implement district WASH master plans for their sectorial development and improve the impact and sustainability of the WASH infrastructure. IRC's "hub" role includes bringing partners in a district together, supporting multi-stakeholder change processes on policy, financing and monitoring, convening and facilitation, knowledge management, communications, and capacity building.
The work in districts is based on collective action led by government, both political and technocratic, bringing together the private sector, civil society, civil servants, political leaders and traditional leaders. We have dedicated ourselves to supporting and implementing these plans in the next few years through our role as a hub for change.The particular highlight of 2018 was the development and launch of master plans for universal water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service provision by two of our partner districts in Burkina Faso and Ghana, followed by a master plan in Uganda in 2019. Each plan represents the first time that local authorities have committed to the aim of achieving universal access by 2030. They are the result of a process of strong political leadership and collective action by a broad coalition in each district. Through the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation`s Safe Water Strategy, we collaborate with several organisations focusing their activities in districts, such as the Stanford Woods Institute, Aquaya, Water4, World Vision, WSUP, Water.org and many more.
Chris Dunston, Senior Programme Officer, International Programs, Hilton Foundation said: "The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is delighted to support the IRC systems-led approach in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia and Uganda in addition to Niger and Mali. We are excited about the potential for delivering real change along with other partners in these six countries over the next few years. IRC is the ideal partner to coordinate this ambitious multi-country programme given their unique perspective and skill set."
Patrick Moriarty, IRC's CEO said: "We are hugely thankful to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for their progressive outlook in supporting WASH systems building programs and thinking, rather than the traditional path of simply counting pumps installed and beneficiaries reached - without consideration to the quality and sustainability of the services delivered. IRC is excited to play the hub role in this innovative partnership approach with the other WASH beneficiaries working towards the same goal".