Water-Sanitation: forward-looking reflections

22.12.2015 - Pressenza Hong Kong

Water-Sanitation: forward-looking reflections
Burkina Faso (Image by IRC)
Forward-looking reflections
In this last issue, we look back on what we have learned in 2015 and can take with us in the new year. CEO Patrick Moriarty reflects on the new Global Goals and climate change. Senior sanitation specialist Erick Baetings shares his insights on urban sanitation, organisational capacities and scaling-up.

Especially exciting for IRC is the launch of a WASH IT!: a 5-year strategic partnership aimed at boosting the role of civil society.

There is news from focus country Uganda on lobbying politicians. From Ethiopia we have updates on WASH in health care facilities and on Self-supply.

The final reflection comes from guest blogger Elynn Walter of WASH Advocates on why the WASH sector lags behind on mainstreaming advocacy.

Check out IRC’s latest publications and the list of upcoming sector events and training courses. Let us know if we missed any.

Need an expert? If you are from the media check out Ask an Expert. If you are a sector professional with a technical question, go to Knowledge Point. Need a consultant? Contact IRCconsult.

The team at IRC wishes you a wonderful 2016!

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Cor Dietvorst, Programme Officer, IRC

20 December 2015
Issue 10, December 2015

2016 … the year of the Global Goals

How can we achieve the bold goal for water and sanitation in practice? Reflections from IRC CEO Patrick Moriarty. Read more

Strengthening national systems: essential for services and resilience

How do we make the provision of water and sanitation climate proof? Patrick Moriarty in the Huffington Post. Read more

Urban sanitation: a quest for the silver bullet

In 2015 IRC learned we need contextual solutions, local ownership, a common vision and city-wide sanitation strategies. In 2016 we will test approaches and tools that support systemic change, writes Erick Baetings. Read more

Great programmes need great organisations

For the whole WASH sector to achieve greater impact, more organisations must address organisational capacity gaps in a holistic and systematic way. Read more

Can success be scaled?

Based on our experience with rural sanitation and hygiene in East Indonesia, we learned that to be able to work at scale future programmes need to deliver results faster and cheaper. Read more

WASH IT! Strategic Partnership signed

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IRC, Simavi, Wetlands International and Akvo partner up to increase sustainability of water, sanitation and hygiene services. Read more

Innovative approaches to WASH in emergencies

Experts discuss technical and institutional innovations in emergency water and sanitation at IRC Event. Read more

Learning to do better

Communities in Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda and Bangladesh are en route to better health with the help of local NGOs. Stories from the Action-Research for Learning initiative of the Dutch WASH Alliance. Read more

Uganda decides

As Uganda gets ready for a general election slated for February 2016, Members of Parliament seeking re-election have been challenged to commit to WASH. Read more

Health care facilities need adequate WASH

A successful pilot in Ethiopia deserves to be scaled up for health care centres in other parts of the country. Read more

Can group-based Self-supply deliver?

Ethiopia has adopted Self-supply as a model for rural water services. But the jury is still out on whether group-based Self-supply version can deliver what is intended. Read more

Making irrigation work for livelihoods

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and government are looking for innovations in their work with smallholder farmers and communities in Lesotho to strengthen their livelihoods and to conserve the environment. Read more

Key ingredients for successful advocacy – do they really exist?

The WASH sector lags behind in professionalising and prioritising advocacy says guest blogger Elynn Walter, Sustainability Director at WASH Advocates. Read more

IRC publications

Action-Research for Learning with Dutch WASH Alliance – stories

Verhoeven, J., 2015. Ghana : local NGOs promote toilets and hygiene for better health. The Hague, The Netherlands: IRC. 3 p. : photogr.

Verhoeven, J., 2015. Northern Ethiopia : showers power the route to good health. The Hague, The Netherlands: IRC. 4 p. : photogr.

Verhoeven, J., 2015. Rising above the waters : better hygiene and sanitation in Bangladesh. The Hague, The Netherlands: IRC. 3 p. : photogr.

Verhoeven, J., 2015. Uganda : engaging communities to keep safe water flowing. The Hague, The Netherlands: IRC. 3 p. : photogr.

Community Water Plus in India research reports

Rao, M.S.R.M. & Raviprakash, M.S., 2015. Empowered community : secured safe water supply in parts of Dhar District, Madhya Pradesh. The Hague, The Netherlands: IRC and Centre of Excellence for Change (CEC). 50 p. : 7 fig., 37 tab

Rao, M.S.R.M. & Raviprakash, M.S., 2015. Jal Nirmal and beyond : supporting the community management of rural water supply in Belagavi district, Karnataka. The Hague, The Netherlands: IRC and Centre of Excellence for Change (CEC). 56 p. : 9 fig., 39 tab.

ONEWASH Plus Programme (Ethiopia)

Adank, M., 2015. Water, sanitation and hygiene in Maksegnit, Amhara : baseline survey factsheet. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: IRC. 6 p. : 1 fig., 10 tab.

Adank, M., 2015. Water, sanitation and hygiene in Sheno, Oromia : baseline survey factsheet. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: IRC. 6 p. : 1 fig., 10 tab.

Adank, M., 2015. Water, sanitation and hygiene in Welenchiti, Oromia : baseline survey factsheet. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: IRC. 6 p. : 1 fig., 10 tab.

Adank, M., 2015. Water, sanitation and hygiene in Wukro, Tigray : baseline survey factsheet.  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: IRC. 6 p. : 1 fig., 10 tab.

Adank, M., Defere, E. & Butterworth, J.A., 2015. ONEWASH Plus sustainability checks : first annual report (2015). Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: IRC. 63 p. : 15 fig. 11 tab.

McIntyre, P., Paba, M., Butterworth, J.A., Adank, M. & Defere, E., 2015. Measuring factors that predict if WASH services are sustainable. (ONEWASH Plus learning note). The Hague, The Netherlands: IRC and UNICEF. 8 p. ; 3 fig., 2 tab.

McIntyre, P. & Paba, M., 2015. Private sector role is critical to meeting WASH targets. (ONEWASH Plus learning note). The Hague, The Netherlands: IRC and UNICEF. 8 p. : 1 fig.

Potter, A., Defere, E., Paba, M. & Butterworth, J.A., 2015. Urban sanitation lessons : piloting innovative sanitation master plans in small towns. (ONEWASH Plus learning note). The Hague, The Netherlands: IRC and UNICEF. 8 p. : 3 fig.

Upcoming events and courses

January 2016

6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN-VI), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 11 Jan 2016

SuSanA Webinar – Making the link: Community initiatives for sanitation and health, 14 Jan 2016

February 2016

AIDF Africa Summit 2016, Addis Ababa, 2-3 Feb 2016

World Water Leadership Congress, Mumbai, India, 17-18 Feb 2016

18th International Congress and Exhibition of the African Water Association, Nairobi, Kenya, 22-26 Feb 2016

International Workshop on Multiple Use Water Systems (MUS) for Climate Resilience: A Socio‐Technical Approach for Improved Community Water Governance, Kathmandu, Nepal, 23-26 Feb 2016

March 2016

2016 Rotary International Presidential Conference WASH in Schools, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 18-19 Mar 2016

May 2016

Adaptation Futures 2016: 4th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 10-13 May 2016

WASH Futures: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Conference 2016, Brisbane, Australia, 16-20 May 2016

July 2016

Singapore International Water Week, Singapore, 10-14 Jul 2016

39th WEDC International Conference, Kumasi, Ghana, 11-15 Jul 2016

United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2016), New York, NY, USA, 11-20 Jul 2016

August 2016

2016 World Water Week: Water for sustainable growth, Stockholm, Sweden, 29 Aug – 2 Sep 2016. Abstract deadline: 24 Jan 2016

September 2016

13th IWA Specialized Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems & 5th IWA Specialized Conference on Resources-Oriented Sanitation, Athens, Greece, 14-16 Sep 2016

October 2016

IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia, 9-13 Oct 2016

Habitat III Conference, Quito, Ecuador, 17-20 Oct 2016

ISNTD Water 2016, London, UK, 20 Oct 2016

February 2017

WasteSafe 2017 : 5th International Conference on Solid Waste Management in South Asian Countries, Khulna, Bangladesh, 25-27 Feb 2017 (will also cover FSM)


CAWST, Canada

Biosand Filter Project Implementation, Kenya, Nairobi, 15-19 Feb 2016

The Hague Academy for Local Governance, The Netherlands

Multilevel Water Governance, 4-15 Apr 2016 [application deadline: 5 Feb 2016]

Local Service Delivery, 3-14 Oct 2016 [application deadline: 5 Aug 2016]

Sandec/Eawag and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries [E-Course], 22 February – 27 March 2016

Part of Sandec’s “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development” MOOC seriesof free online courses

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands

Financial Management of Water Organisations, 18 Apr – 5 May 2016 [application deadline: 18 Mar 2016]

Partnerships for Water Supply and Sanitation, 6-24 Jun 2016 [application deadline: 6 May 2016]

Decentralised Water Supply and Sanitation, 27 Jun – 15 Jul 2016 [application deadline: 27 May 2016]

Faecal Sludge Management, 27 Jun – 15 Jul 2016 [application deadline: 27 May 2016]

University of East Anglia, UK

Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners short course, 20-24 June 2016

Water, Engineering and Development Centre WEDC), UK

Professional development programmes, E-Learning

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