dws-irc-hilton-foundation-770px-The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded 1 million US dollar to Dutch-based IRC, an international think-and-do-tank on WASH-issues.

The aim of the investment is to develop a plan for a fourteen year programme of collective action to achieve universal access to safe, reliable and affordable drinking water in districts in Burkina Faso, Uganda and Niger.

Upgrading of water services
The Hilton Foundation and IRC share the same strategic vision: focusing efforts at the district level to ensure universal access to safe water and the progressive upgrading of service quality.

IRC will translate this joint vision into a plan, which will include tailored district visions, strategies and plans for achieving universal access to safe, reliable and affordable drinking water.

The plan will also clearly define the partnerships that are to deliver the service upgrade.


IRC's CEO Patrick Moriarty expressed his excitement at the opportunity the grant provides to support the Agenda for Change initiative.

This agenda was launched in 2015 by Aguaconsult, WaterAid, Water for people and IRC. Including a set of guiding principles and actions for achieving universal water, sanitation and hygiene services by 2030.

Catalyze development of SDG6 on water
According to the Hilton Foundation, IRC’s plan is to initiate an ambitions learning and collective action that will catalyze the development of the Sustainable Development Goal #6 on water in these three African countries.

To improve the supply of safe water, the foundation also awarded grants to Water for people for a water service project in Uganda, to Stanford University for the development of a framework for the foundation’s water strategy and to Water.org for the implementation of a water credit model oin Ghana.

All four grants totaled 3 million US dollar.

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

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