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No more fairy tales

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 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 […]

Tools for life

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 […]

Sustainability tools for hygiene, sanitation and water

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 […]

Aftermath of the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting

Aftermath of the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting

By Erma Uytewaal – Promising commitments, shallow discussions but a great depth of optimism for the sector  Last week Friday 11 April 2014, the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting (HLM) took place in Washington DC. This third HLM hosted by the World Bank, gathered more than sixty delegations from developing countries […]

The SWA process: is it worth all the effort?

The SWA process: is it worth all the effort?

By Erma Uytewaal – We are now in the final sprint of preparations for the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting (HLM) that will be held in Washington on 11 April.  “We” represent the almost 100 members of the SWA partnership. At country level, High Level Country Dialogues (HLCD) are being wrapped […]

Timor Leste – a service delivery state of mind

Timor Leste – a service delivery state of mind

By Harold Lockwood  – Last week I was in Timor Leste supporting some of the work of WaterAid Australia and its programme in Timor Leste. As this has evolved over the last several years, and with coverage levels increasing, WaterAid Timor-Leste (WATL) has recognised the pressing challenge of maintaining service levels in those communities who […]

Changing the whole system to provide water, sanitation and hygiene services that last

Changing the whole system to provide water, sanitation and hygiene services that last

By Patrick Moriarty and Harold Lockwood – For the last six years or so, primarily through our WASHCost and Triple-S initiatives, IRC has engaged deeply with the challenges of what it takes to provide sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services. We think that we’ve identified many parts of the puzzle (and so have many others […]

Testing the sub-county water supply and sanitation board as a new management model in rural Uganda

Testing the sub-county water supply and sanitation board as a new management model in rural Uganda

By Julia Boulenouar – A classic case of community managed rural water supply In Uganda management of water supply has been responsibility of the communities, who struggle to provide an adequate level of service.  In Kabarole or Lira Districts, only 2% of households receive a basic level of service (Triple-S baseline survey).

The end of aid

The end of aid

By Ton Schouten – I was asked to convince a Texas businessman to support investing in government water systems. I tried: The evidence shows that more than 30% of water systems in Ghana are not functional and that only around 20% of the functioning water systems provide a basic level of service: water of WHO accepted […]

Sub County Water and Sanitation Boards could help fix community management in Uganda but only with proper support

Sub County Water and Sanitation Boards could help fix community management in Uganda but only with proper support

- By Martin Watsisi, Regional Learning Facilitator, Triple-S Uganda. In Uganda, as in many places, community water management has not worked very well. By and large, water user committees don’t have the requisite authority to collect fees or the necessary technical skills to ensure proper operations, maintenance and repairs. And District Water Officers, ostensibly responsible […]

Putting low resources to work for rural O&M

Putting low resources to work for rural O&M

This is a guest post from Duncan McNicholl and Alyssa Lindsay who lead the Water and Sanitation Programme of Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) in Malawi. For more on their work please see the recent case study by Triple-S available here. Mr. Oswald Nkhuwa is the District Water Development Officer for Nkhotakota District in the […]

Only the Minister of Water and Environment can decommission a defunct water facility in Uganda: myth or reality

Only the Minister of Water and Environment can decommission a defunct water facility in Uganda: myth or reality

By Robert Otim, District Learning Facilitator, Lira district, Uganda – In an Inter-district, meeting (IDM) organised by Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) June 2013 in Kitgum, decommissioning of defunct water systems was a major concern cutting across all the 15 districts of Northern Uganda. Since the end of the humanitarian period and subsequent withdrawal […]

Public finance isn’t a dirty word – it’s essential to get services to the poor

Public finance isn’t a dirty word – it’s essential to get services to the poor

By Patrick Moriarty – Three moments stood out for me in a busy week in Stockholm.  The first was when WSUP’s Guy Norman said that Public Finance wasn’t a dirty word – a point that I couldn’t agree with more or more wholeheartedly – and that is often overlooked in the rush to identify market […]

A Swedish Smorgasbord of sustainability: compacts, checks and clauses

A Swedish Smorgasbord of sustainability: compacts, checks and clauses

By Harold Lockwood – During the recent World Water Week in Stockholm, the Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Netherlands Foreign Ministry and IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre organised a joint side event in the Sheraton hotel in downtown Stockholm to present and discuss findings from two major reviews, one from the […]