At IRC, we know that it is easier to put money into delivering hardware. Happy pictures of project inaugurations - a new pump for the village, a new toilet block for a school - ribbons are cut, smiling faces of children. These images are much easier to share in a boardroom or with your taxpayers. However, we also know that it is through building strong WASH systems that we will move beyond the need to constantly build and rebuild hardware. Not because any pump lasts forever, but precisely because they don't. Strong systems are those that can cope with the inevitable failure of individual elements within them – be they pumps, pipes or latrines.
Our Strategic Partnerships Department is available to support investors, donors and philanthropists looking to make that shift from investing in short-term aid to sustainable systems investments to better please the boardroom and taxpayer through long-term impacts.
Help us us to create a world where no child or adult dies of water or sanitation-related disease, and make access to safe water and sanitation available for everyone, for good by 2030.
Challenge the sector: IRC is campaigning to challenge 'systems blindness' and we need your help.
Truth is we all seem to know that water, sanitation and hygiene services rely on strong systems. But the sector fails to give much thought to these systems and continues to pour money into infrastructure whilst ignoring the systems that are required to keep that infrastructure functioning. We invite influencers, journalists, social media activists, bloggers and vloggers to join the conversation and ask tough questions of the WASH sector and positively challenge us all to tell the real story of what works and what doesn't – delivering systems, not piecemeal development.