Women collecting water in India. Photo by Lokaal Mondiaal.

No more fairy tales

In the third of three blog posts, CEO of IRC Patrick Moriarty explains why “government leadership” is critical to tackle inequality, poverty and to create sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services – and why we need to stop believing in fairy tales be they about self-supporting communities or scrappy social entrepreneurs. This blog was originally […]


The elephant in the room

“The 2030 Sustainable Development Goal of true WASH service delivery is entirely within our reach,” argues CEO of IRC Patrick Moriarty in this second of three blog posts. “We’re ready. What’s to stop us? Two big scary words: Government and Money.” This blog was originally published on www.ircwash.org on 8 July 2014. The heart of the keynote that I […]

Discussing tools for sanitation at the 2014 WASH Sustainability Forum. Photo by Felix Kalkman

Tools for life

In the first of three blog posts, IRC CEO Patrick Moriarty addresses the next big challenge: the critical role of public finance and government leadership. This blog was originally published on http://www.ircwash.org on 1 July 2014. I’ve hugely enjoyed meeting friends, old and new, at the 2014 WASH Sustainability Forum. This is the fifth sustainability Forum, the […]

Group sessions at the 2014 WASH sustainability Forum.
Photo by Felix Kalkman

Sustainability tools for hygiene, sanitation and water

This week, the 2014 WASH Sustainability Forum brought together representatives from civil society, government, universities and the private sector eager to share ideas on how to make our investments and efforts in water sanitation and hygiene have sustainable results. During the Forum, IRC’s Carmen da Silva Wells hopped between tracks and interviewed the Forum track […]

The Ugandan Minister of State for Water, Honorable Betty Bigombe, unveils the revised District Implementation Manual. Flanked by: Jane Nabunnya IRC Country Director; Joseph Eyatu Acting Commissioner Rural Water Department; and Aaron Kabirizi Director, Directorate of Water Development.

Cautiously optimistic

What will it take to create WASH sectors that work?  By Patrick Moriarty, Harold Lockwood, and Sarah Carriger Over the past few months in a series of posts we’ve been advocating for a change in the goal of the WASH sector – from increasing coverage to delivering a service over the long haul; from simply building […]


Fifth WASH Sustainability Forum, tipping point in the sustainability debate?

Sustainability is a hot topic in the development sector at large. In the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, there have been a range of events, partnerships and websites dedicated to collectively recognising, understanding and addressing sustainability challenges. In March this year, for example, the Australian WASH sector hosted the ‘WASH for everyone, everywhere‘ conference in Brisbane […]