Online Training: WASH Systems Strengthening – the Basics

IRC WASH Systems Academy

WASH Systems Strengthening: the Basics, is the inaugural course of the WASH Systems Academy, which provides and introduction to system thinking and WASH. This foundational course consists of nine interactive and engaging sessions dedicated to topics such as the origins and rationale for a systems strengthening approach, hygiene promotion, service ladders, how to leave no one one behind—among many other topics. The course provides a solid understanding of:

  • What exactly is a WASH systems strengthening approach
  • How and why it was developed
  • How to start applying it in your work

If you are at the start of your career or are a senior WASH expert that wants to understand what a systems strengthening approach entails and how you can integrate it in your work, this free online course is for you. Read more about the basics course.

The course is also available in two other two-week sessions: October 7–18; and November 18–29, 2019.


Ensuring that water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services last requires holistic thinking and strong systems in place. With the WASH Systems Academy free online courses, everyone can get to know the basics of how to deliver resilient water and sanitation services and be part of the change needed to leave no one behind. Developed by IRC, the WASH Systems Academy is an online learning platform developed to empower professionals around the world with the knowledge and tools they need to create lasting WASH services for all.