About WASHCost and the life-cycle costs approach
WASHCost teams in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Andhra Pradesh (India) and Mozambique collected and analysed cost and service level information for water, sanitation and hygiene in rural and peri-urban areas, applying the life-cycle costs approach. The life-cycle costs approach examines the complex relationships between expenditure, service delivery, poverty, effectiveness and sustainability.
Many people in the developing world experience poor and unreliable water and sanitation services, although they are considered to be ‘covered’ by an improved supply. WASHCost research suggests that a failure to fully fund services and especially to finance recurrent expenditure is a significant factor in frequent breakdowns and service weaknesses.
WASHCost - a US$ 14.5m, five-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and implemented by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) - has been a bold, global attempt to gain accurate knowledge on disaggregated water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) costs in rural and peri-urban areas. This independent End-of-Project assessment, commissioned by IRC, reflects on the lessons learnt from the project.
If you have any questions about WASHCost and our work, this section can help you! Please contact us if you have any more questions.
Do you want to learn more about the life-cycle cost approach and how it can apply to providing WASH services that last? Have you read the latest publications on life-cycle costing? Download and read the WASHCost brochure.
WASHCost_Brochure.pdf (710.4 kB)
We work with several partner organisations in our focus countries of Burkina Faso, Ghana, India, and Mozambique.