IRC (International Water and Sanitation Centre)

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Headquarters Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Founded: 1968


Mission: IRC's mission is to help poor people in developing countries to get the best water and sanitation services by emphasizing the introduction of communication, gender, participation, community management and affordable technologies into water and sanitation programmes.


Tags: water, sanitation, hygiene, publications, communication, gender equity, community management, appropriate technology, sustainability, research, 2011


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Story: Bridging the knowledge gap for improved water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and joint learning and sharing knowledge on innovative topics by IRC and partners have been the red thread in 40 years of IRC. Together we have influenced sector policy… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
IRC is innovative in its research and approach. They are focused on sustainability, for example sustainable delivery of WASH services. They are sensitive to local needs, for example their website is highly credible and comprehensive and is catered towards developing countries, and they partner with regional entities to understand local problems.
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Leadership
Irc-international-water-and-sanitation-centre Nico Terra. Mr Terra brings a wealth of experience to the organisation having worked with professionals in the area of education and research and practiced as a management consultant for more than 20 years. He has held several senior managerial positions during this time, the most recent being at IRC where as Interim Director he successfully led the organisation through a substantial… See full bio.


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From the Nonprofit


Jan 13, 2012
We are proud and delighted that we saw ourselves chosen 4th on the list of most effective organisations in the water and sanitation sector. Considering that IRC is not a charity or implementing agency and has to earn its merits… Read More.



Contact Info
E-Mail:
info AT irc.nl
Phone:
+31 70 3044000
Facebook:
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Address:
P.O. Box 82327, 2508 EH
 
The Hague, The Netherlands
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Irc-international-water-and-sanitation-centre Story: Bridging the knowledge gap for improved water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and joint learning and sharing knowledge on innovative topics by IRC and partners have been the red thread in 40 years of IRC. Together we have influenced sector policy on innovative topics. Combining global and local knowledge and skills since 1968 as a WHO international reference centre we also published thousands of newsletter articles, hundreds of books, manuals and videos. Some of them were translated in local languages for use in local WASH programmes. We assisted more than 50 local partners and international networks develop into autonomous organisations. In 2007 and 2008 our cost recovery and finance work, our partner network, our knowledge on effective approaches and our web site helped bringing in the largest ever project for IRC and four partners. The 10 million-euro WASHCost action research project started on 1 February 2008 and will finish in 2012. It will collect and collate information relating to the real disaggregated costs in the life-cycle of water, sanitation and hygiene service delivery to poor people in rural and peri-urban areas.

Expert Reviews of IRC (International Water and Sanitation Centre)

Evidence of Impact Summary:

IRC is innovative in its research and approach. They are focused on sustainability, for example sustainable delivery of WASH services. They are sensitive to local needs, for example their website is highly credible and comprehensive and is catered towards developing countries, and they partner with regional entities to understand local problems.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Almost all experts mentioned IRC's good leadership and qualified staff. Their staff has diverse technical and social background, long-term and grounded experience in countries and regions in which they operate. They are also responsive to client needs. In addition, IRC has excellent relationships across the sector in countries in which they operate, including with government, NGOs, civil society groups, donors, and others. They market themselves well and are financially stable.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

IRC can improve by developing a road map for taking successful pilots to scale, and demonstrate results more clearly. They can also expand partnerships with North American NGOs, recognize the need to outsource and not have to develop everything internally. They can also add more technical staff.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Understand Local Needs & Problems

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They have a highly credible and comprehensive website on WatSan practices that is appropriate for developing countries.
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They have excellent knowledge management and dissemination. They partner with southern regional entities to understand local problems. Their targeted hand-holding and their ability to build capacity with partner organizations is one of their key impacts.

Innovative

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IRC leverages impact through its innovation and action research, which provides clearer insights into the challenges and solutions around sustainable delivery of WASH services. IRC has shown conceptual leadership particularly in governance and financing aspects of WASH.
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IRC is based in Holland. They have a great team and are really pushing the edges on financing (WASHCost) and Service provision (triple-S). They are probably the most thoughtful non-implementing agency in the sector. They are smart, creative, and their WADHCost and Triple- S work could have significant impact in the sector.

Focus on Long Term Sustainability of Programs

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They are focused on sustainability and transparency.
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They have effective training programs. They experiment with multiple WASH planning and delivery options, and are concerned with understanding long term impacts of WASH activities.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Strong Leadership & Staff

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Key strengths of IRC include high caliber staff with long-term and grounded experience in countries and regions in which they operate. In addition IRC normally has excellent and non-partisan relationships across the sector in countries in which they operate, including with government, NGOs, civil society groups and others.
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Good relations with European donors/governments, Eclectic staff with large range of skills.
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They have a good leadership who has fair communications, and is hard working and thoughtful.

Strong Research

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I appreciate the documents they produce.
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They have a good research presence and have the capacity to manage large contracts when necessary.
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They conduct evidence based action research on what has worked/hasn't worked and avail lessons learnt.
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They have produced some of the best reference material on the sector. They continue to provide relevant research information and there are very few organizations that are doing this.

Broad Expertise

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They have a broad area of expertise, innovative ideas, and large geographical coverage.
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They are a good knowledge organization.

Smart and Creative

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They are probably the most thoughtful non-implementing agency in the sector. They are smart, creative, and their WADHCost and Triple- S work could have significant impact in the sector.

Great Resource

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They are a great resource and should be funded to help mentor other organizations.

Focus on Transparency and Sustainable Solutions

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This is a great organization that focuses on transparency and sustainable solutions to the water and sanitation sector.

Strong Personnel

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They have a well trained staff.
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They have a good and understanding leadership, and a very qualified staff with a blend of technical and social background. They have a good communication unit, is responsive to client needs staff, well reputed so never short of funds, and able to market themselves very well.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Recognition of Need to Outsource At Times

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IRC must adopt more flexible strategies for working in the WASH sector, including the ability to recognize when they need to outsource capacity rather than try to develop everything internally.

Be More Practical

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They should improve by being more practical.

Demonstrate More Clear Results

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Greater focus on developing road map for taking successful pilots to scale. They can also expand partnerships with North American NGOs.
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They need to demonstrate results more clearly.

Add Technical Staff

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Very difficult to suggest an area for improvement, but maybe adding on a few more technical staff.


Leadership

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Nico Terra
Director
Mr Terra brings a wealth of experience to the organisation having worked with professionals in the area of education and research and practiced as a management consultant for more than 20 years. He has held several senior managerial positions during this time, the most recent being at IRC where as Interim Director he successfully led the organisation through a substantial change process during the past year. Supported by a team of notable WASH sector specialists, Mr Terra will lead IRC as it continues to break new ground in the sector with its portfolio of innovative projects and programmes including: WASHCost, Triple-S and the Source News Service. “IRC has a critical role to play in this rapidly changing sector where knowledge sharing, partnership and relations are essential to helping those most in need of water and sanitation services.” said Mr Terra. He continued “Together with the team of leading professionals here at IRC, I am confident that we will continue to produce targeted, high quality projects and programmes that will enable us to achieve this.”

From the Nonprofit



Jan 13, 2012
We are proud and delighted that we saw ourselves chosen 4th on the list of most effective organisations in the water and sanitation sector. Considering that IRC is not a charity or implementing agency and has to earn its merits as a knowledge institute makes this ranking even more special for us. Sustainability of water and sanitation services is the spear head of all our work, from action research to advocacy to training and information sharing. We do not do this on our own but always in partnership with governments, development partners, consultancy companies and fellow knowledge institutes. This ranking therefore is also a tribute to them. We thank those of you who gave us the credits and we will do our utmost best to live up to your expectations. See you soon in one of our shared projects and initiatives.


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