Although most people acknowledge the importance of learning for improving performance in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, in practice key information and knowledge are too often not (or only partly) used for the planning and implementation of interventions.
Hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the Ebola epidemic in West-Afirca, Sierra Leone confirmed a new death. It's not over for the hardest hit continent after two years of struggle.
The Tanzanian Ministry of Water has adopted the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) to help make water and sanitation services sustainable. Tanzania is now the seventh country to use this innovative tool, which was developed by the IRC-led WASHTech project.
The focus of IRC's work in Africa outside the focus countries is on strengthening regional institutions and platforms to support government leadership towards achieving nationally defined sector priorities and targets; advocate for policies and practices that adopt a government-led service delivery...
IRC and partners have supported the government of Sierra Leone in launching an initiative for learning in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. A sector learning framework has been developed in consultation with sector players. Now leadership and commitment are needed to move sector learning...
Sierra Leone's Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Health and Sanitation have spearheaded learning and better coordination in the sector to achieve national water and sanitation targets.Translating high-level commitment into daily practice takes determination, time and skills.
Eight African countries are creatively achieving the goals of community led total sanitation programmes (CLTS) including one idea in Malawi where handwashing is monitored according to the health of tree seedlings planted beneath water outlets.
On 25 January 2013, Kwabena Nyarko, on behalf of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC), presented concepts of the life-cycle costs approach and findings from the scoping mission for WASHCost to expand into Sierra Leone.