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On the 20th of August 2012 the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre organised an in-house debate on the pros and cons of adding a sustainability clause in contracts between donors and implementers in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programmes.
The background to this is that IRC had been asked by the Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) to prepare a thought piece on this topic, to help them move forward on the development of a clause for their grants to the WASH sector globally. This thought piece included a ‘straw-man’* sustainability clause, together with an assessment of the likely impacts - positive and negative - of its application. The idea of a sustainability clause has caused heated debate within IRC and in the broader sector.
During the debate, IRC staff members Catarina Fonseca and Jean de la Harpe took opposing sides of the argument on the utility and ethics of a sustainability clause. Their presentations are included here.
For a summary of the discussion go to http://www.source.irc.nl/page/73871. Follow-up discussions have taken place on the Water services that last blog .- http://waterservicesthatlast.wordpress.com/?s=sustainability+clause&submit=Search