WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2012 – The Millennium Water Alliance (MWA), the consortium of US-based organizations that implement water, sanitation and hygiene education programs throughout the developing world, today welcomes the prestigious IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre as an affiliate member of MWA.
“This is exciting for us because IRC is so highly respected around the world for its leadership in research and analysis of the growing water and sanitation sector,” said MWA Executive Director Rafael Callejas.
“The international development community recognizes IRC’s leadership in knowledge management, an area of enormous importance to MWA and its members. Our new formal association with IRC will build on the valuable working relationship we have had for years.”
IRC Director Nico Terra emphasized how IRC’s expertise complements the work of MWA’s 11 implementing NGO members. “IRC does not directly provide WASH services. Therefore we are keen to work with those who do,” Terra said. “The MWA partnership brings together a very interesting group of organizations with significant capacity to implement WASH projects in various parts of the world. We believe that IRC’s particular niche in the sector and our way of working is complementary to the strengths of the MWA partners and will add to the impact of their interventions. “
IRC is headquartered in The Netherlands, and works with a worldwide network of organizations to achieve equitable and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. IRC’s roots are in advocacy, knowledge management, and capacity building.
Established in 1968 by the Dutch government on the request of the World Health Organization as a WHO Collaborating Centre, IRC is now an autonomous, independent not-for-profit NGO with around 65 staff members at headquarters, and nearly 120 staff members conducting activities in a dozen focus countries, including Burkina Faso, Ghana, Honduras, India, Mozambique, and Uganda.