2013 was a year of transition for IRC, behind the scenes a lot of work has gone into rebranding IRC. Transforming the organisation from a knowledge centre into a think-and-do tank, which leads the way with innovative concepts and by setting sector trends. This annual report lists our efforts and shows our impact in 2013. We reached 34 million people by our and our partners’ work, compiled 238 research documents and trained 2000 water professionals. Our symposium on Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was attended by 420 people and 85 papers were presented.
Elements of our service delivery approach were adopted in 16 policy and planning documents in several countries across the world and at global level. The sector began embracing the idea that costs must be linked with service levels, but whether that will lead to more sustainable services and different budget allocations remains to be seen. In 2014 IRC will redouble its efforts to lobby for more public finance for WASH and explore financing mechanisms.
The Annual report 2013 is intended to give a flavour of our achievements in 2013. For more detailed information about our progress and finances, please read our 2013 Monitoring Report and our 2013 Annual Accounts.