Our information sheets provide baseline information on costs and effectiveness of WASH services in our focus countries.
This Infosheet provides an overview of the minimum benchmarks for costing sustainable basic services in developing countries.
Expenditure on sanitation in countries where WASHCost has carried out research is too low, and is focused almost entirely on the capital costs of building latrines. There is a striking difference between the expenditure required to provide a basic service and what is actually being spent. Too little is being spent on stimulating and sustaining demand for hygienic latrine use and on ensuring that latrines are kept clean and in good repair. The absence of arrangements for pit emptying and measures to ensure environmental protection is adversely affecting service levels. Download the infosheet and learn more about the true costs of providing sanitation services.
Rural water services in WASHCost research countries are chronically underfunded, with insufficient resources to provide and sustain a basic level of service that meets national norms and standards. In communities researched by WASHCost, most people did not receive this basic minimum, although they were covered by an improved water source according to national and Joint Monitoring Programme data. Read this document to learn about the real costs of providing sustainable rural water services.
Read more or download Infosheet 3 funding recurrents costs for improved rural water services.pdf (819.4 kB)
The delivery of sustainable and equitable services requires that financial systems are set up to build, operate, repair and renew a water, sanitation or hygiene system through its entire cycle of use. This is the ‘life cycle’ at the heart of a life-cycle costs approach in IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre’s Costing Sustainable Services online course.
This info sheet gives general information on the Costing Sustainable Services online course.
2013_4_IS_onlinecourse.pdf (305.2 kB)
The benefits of hygiene promotion are generally not prioritised and the costs of hygiene promotion are poorly understood and therefore not adequately budgeted for. WASHCost examined hygiene promotion and associated costs in Ghana, Mozambique and Burkina Faso, looking at interventions that targeted latrine use and faecal containment, handwashing with soap and the protection of drinking water.