Water services that last - Talking sustainability

This blog was started by Triple-S research leader, Stef Smits, to share stories, comments, comments and questions rural water supply. The blog has since been extended to include entries from other Triple-S staff from Ghana, Uganda, and The Netherlands, as well as WASH actors from IRC's partner organisations. In this blog, we continuously feature the musings of those who work towards providing water (and sanitation) services that last.

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Framework of service delivery indicators for assessing and monitoring rural and small town water supply services in Ghana

The rural water and sanitation sub sector of Ghana is on a positive trajectory towards establishing an inventory of rural and small-towns water systems across the country and a continuous service monitoring process that will enable the sector to measure and report on access, functionality and sustainability of service levels.

The WASH Sector School of ‘Hard Knocks’ – learning from experience for dealing with the future

By Deirdre Casella and Carmen da Silva Wells  The capacity to continuously learn and adapt is critical for dealing with complex challenges and future uncertainties. In this first blog in a series about ‘a learning and adaptive sector’, we discuss why learning is central to achieving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for life. If our […

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 […

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 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

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 hopped between tracks and interviewed the Forum track leads […

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 […

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 […

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?

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 […