Our progress through 2014
2014 was a tumultuous year for IRC. We saw strong affirmation of our effectiveness while being forced to deal with unprecedented financial pressure. We have now entered 2015 a leaner, more resilient, more vigorous and more flexible organisation.
2014 marked the wrapping up of IRC's largest project Sustainable services at scale (Triple-S). IRC continued emphasising the service delivery approach, the life-cycle cost approach to financing for WASH services and the Everyone Forever initiative.
Two major external evaluations of our work both found that as a relatively small organisation we are punching above our weight and contributing to real change in how water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services are delivered to the poor.
Our efforts and impact
We reached 15.2 million people through our work and by our partners' work, compiled 73 research documents and trained 2,618 water professionals. Our events (co) organised with partners at different locations were attended by up to 1,000 participants and 80 papers were presented. Our new website launched in May shares all materials in one place so we can better serve and engage with our partners and the sector as a whole.
Elements of our service delivery approach were adopted in 25 policy and planning documents for regional, national and district level implementation in several countries across the world. The sector has continued to embrace the idea that WASH is about services and not just hardware and that costs and investments must be linked with service levels, while more and more stakeholders applying service delivery tools and concepts in many programmes/projects.
In 2015 IRC will redouble our efforts to lobby for more public finance for WASH, and to deepen our understanding of the financing mechanisms that can channel this money to effective service delivery.