IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is developing an innovative app with a new grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The app will help implementers and donors of water, sanitation and hygiene programmes better plan and evaluate sanitation and water services using cost and service level data. It’s called the WASHCost Calculator and it will ease the costing of the life-cycle of water and sanitation services at a critical moment when more than 50 governments, multilaterals, training institutions, International NGOs and donors are either using or planning to use the life-cycle costs approach.
IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is developing an innovative app with a new grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The vision for the WASHCost Calculator is that WASH sector practitioners use life-cycle costs information to adapt their plans and achieve water and sanitation services that last for generations. Users without expert knowledge about the life-cycle costs approach will be able to run a sustainability check to strengthen delivery of water and sanitation services, make use of reliable life-cycle cost information, and understand the benefits of the life-cycle costs approach. The prototype of the WASHCost Calculator has garnered interest and feedback from a wide range of users across Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Participants of the Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (9-11 April) will see a sneak preview of the WASHCost calculator. The app gives users access to reliable life-cycle costs information and can be used to run a quick financial sustainability check on water and sanitation programmes. It can also be used to evaluate value-for-money and compare costs and service level data across organisations.