Do you believe in the power of stories to inspire positive change? IRC is looking to support young communicators through the Ton Schouten Award for WASH Storytelling. Submit your applications or nominations by 8 May, 2020.
IRC has been organising the award since 2017, in memory of Ton who worked with IRC for 17 years and was a passionate WASH storyteller, filmmaker and a mentor to those he worked with. The Ton Schouten Award for WASH Storytelling aims to combine all these elements by targeting a specific group of young communicators (35 years of age or younger) within the WASH sector in low- and middle-income countries.
Mural in India
You can learn more and register on the IRC website
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What can actors in the WASH sector do to provide long-lasting and sustainable drinking water and sanitation services in the most fragile contexts? Should focus be on basic infrastructure delivery outside the state structures, knowing that conditions for ongoing service delivery would be weak? Should focus be on WASH systems strengthening, knowing that these systems are likely to remain weak? Should support go to the state, or rather to civil society organisations?
This edition of WASH Debates on “Sustainable WASH service delivery in fragile states” seeks to explore and discuss these questions on 20 November 2019 in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 17:00-18:30 CET.
Those unable to attend the WASH Debate in The Hague can follow the live stream on IRC’s Twitter page
- David De Armey, Director of International Partnerships at Water for Good, who supervises the organisation’s water sector partnerships in the Central African Republic
- Dr. Afou Chantal Bengaly, Programme Manager at Wetlands International and lead of the Watershed empowering citizens programme in Mali
- Ele Jan Saaf, founder and managing director of the Dutch consultancy company SaafConsult B.V and working for Wetlands International at the Watershed empowering citizens programme
- Annette Rozendaal-Morón, policy officer at World Waternet, where she manages a team responsible for the Blue Deal Dji Don project in Mali, focusing on improving urban wastewater treatment.
For more information on the WASH Debate go to the IRC WASH website.
I Tried to Save the World and Failed is by Larry Siegel of Safe Water International and the book discusses lessons he learned from working on rural drinking water projects in Mexico, Malawi and Cambodia. It is mostly a personal chronicle, but in the last chapter Larry lists the lessons learned.
Download/view the book (pdf, 10.4MB)
- Chapters 1 through 5 – The Story of SWI
- Chapter 6 – Lessons Learned in Sustainability
- Chapter 7 – Working with Church Groups in Malawi
- Chapter 8 – More SWI Experiences in Malawi
- Chapter 9 – If You Build It, Fix it
- Chapter 10 – National Training Centers
- Chapter 11 – Saving the World
- Chapter 12 – So What Did I Really Learn
From 12 – 14 March 2019 IRC and partners will be hosting a symposium on building and strengthening strong systems to deliver safe and sustainable WASH services for everyone.
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Registration: early bird registration extended till 21 November 2018 – online registration
Call for Abstracts: deadline extended to 8 October 2018 – full call for abstracts
All information on the symposium web page