IRC launches WASHCost campaign
Updated - Thursday 01 November 2012
The WASHCost campaign will link costs with services delivered to users, and will aim to influence governments, NGOs, donors and interested individuals in using the life-cycle costs approach in their policy and planning processes for sustainable and equitable WASH services. “The life-cycle costs approach takes into account all cost elements of building and maintaining WASH infrastructure against the services actually received by users over time”, says WASHCost Director Catarina Fonseca. “The campaign will belaunched with an initial focus on sanitation. Every month we will compile the most relevant findings from our country-based research and share them with an international audience. The campaign will run until March 2013.”
IRC’s WASHCost campaign will share messages and findings linked to four topics:
- “Costing sustainable sanitation services”, which will run from 24 October to mid-November;
- “Water services”, which will be shared in mid-November until the end of December;
- “Uptake of the life-cycle costs approach by organisations and in countries”, which will start in early 2013; and
- “Hygiene findings”, which will be broadcasted during the last month of the WASHCost campaign.
IRC’s WASHCost is a five-year (2008 to 2013) action research project. Catarina Fonseca explains that “WASHCost teams, together with several governmental partners, have gathered and used information related to the true costs of providing WASH services that last in rural and peri-urban areas of Burkina Faso, Ghana, India, and Mozambique". She adds, "WASHCost has embedded the concept of life-cycle costing with donors, national and local governments, and NGOs, so that services continue to meet national standards reliably for generations. We would like very much to share these good practices broadly.”
Visit the IRC website on 24 October 2012 for more information on the WASHCost campaign.
Contact: Vera van der Grift at email@example.com or by phone at +31 (0)70 3044000 or +31(0)6 2019 5160.
Learn more from our websites: www.irc.nl and http://campaign.washcost.info/.