Water Institute partners with water nonprofit in The Netherlands

November 16, 2012
The Water Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced a new collaboration with the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre in The Hague, The Netherlands, which will advance both organizations’ goal – to enhance the well-being of people in developing countries through improved water, sanitation and hygiene.
Nico Terra

Nico Terra
Dr. Jamie Bartram

Dr. Jamie Bartram

Jamie Bartram, PhD, Water Institute director and Holzworth Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill, earlier this month signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreement with IRC director Nico Terra to establish plans for the partnership.

Through the agreement, The Water Institute aims in the coming year to analyze several data sets collected by IRC, including data generated by their WASHCost project (which describes costs related to water and sanitation) and data related to hygiene cost-effectiveness in Mozambique. Bartram and Terra plan to publish the findings in peer-reviewed journals and present them at key events. Both organizations intend, through the agreement, to engage in and support each other’s conferences, symposia and outreach programs.
“This cooperative endeavor will allow UNC researchers to explore the rich data sets collected by the IRC,” Bartram said. “We are eager to generate new insights about the effectiveness of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions and ways to maximize the impact of those interventions with a minimum of investments.”About the Water Institute
The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill brings together individuals and institutions from diverse disciplines and sectors, empowering them to collaborate to solve the most critical global issues in water and health. More information is available on The Water Institute website.
About IRC
IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is a knowledge-focused nongovernmental organization engaged with an international network of partner organizations to achieve equitable and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services through advocacy, knowledge management and capacity building. More information about the center is available at www.irc.nl.



UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu.