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IRC Wash receives Osprey grant for collective action towards universal WASH access

Posted on 6 April 2018

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IRC Wash has been awarded a grant by Osprey Foundation of 450,000 US dollar over three years in support of IRC’s lead for a collective action towards universal WASH access in partner districts in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India and Uganda.

IRC will use this investment to support its systems led thinking and approach, communicate at key international and sectoral events, and assist in activities around its 50th anniversary celebrations later this year.

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 Two important elements to keep a water supply up and running, are inspection and maintenance .

Same strategic vision
The Osprey Foundation and IRC share the same strategic vision, brought by the Agenda For Change movement to life, that focuses on building the national and local systems needed to deliver safe and sustainable access to water and sanitation.

In addition to the Osprey Foundation's continuing support of this movement, Osprey continues to support IRC in ensuring that its flagship programmes have the support they need to function optimally.

Key role
Louis Boorstin, Osprey Foundation's Managing Director, said: ‘IRC plays a key role in the water and sanitation sector because it works to strengthen the local systems – government, private sector and community groups – to deliver safe and sustained services to the poor.’

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IRC’s CEO Patrick Moriarty telling his compelling story at TEDx Den Helder last year, claiming that 30 percent of Africa’s water infrastructure is not working at any time (also see video below)

Boorstin continued: ‘That's not as easy as just digging wells or giving away toilets, but it's much more likely to result in water and sanitation services that meet the needs of poor communities over the long run.’

System led thinking
IRC will use this investment to support its systems led thinking and approach, communicate at key international and sectoral events, and assist in activities around its 50th anniversary celebrations.

IRC’s CEO Patrick Moriarty said to be very lucky to have the Osprey Foundation as a supporting partner.

’They not only provide financial support, they fundamentally understand that building strong national systems is the only way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and end aid dependency’, he said.

This news item was originally published on the website of IRC Wash.

(top photo of lady in Kamwenge District, Western Uganda. by Jeroen van Loon/IRC)


Read also on this website
IRC study: Maintenance management crucial for improvement of water supply in Ghana, 8 January 2018
Patrick Moriarty gives TED talk on building water systems that deliver 24/7, 13 March 2017
Hilton Foundation supports IRC to upgrade water services in Burkina-Faso, Uganda and Niger, 21 December 2016
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+31 70 304 4000
www.ircwash.org

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