Our key findings
Download our publications which provide our key findings from our five-year WASHCost research.
WASHCost Mozambique, in collaboration with The National Directorate of Water (DNA) and the National Information System for Water and Sanitation (SINAS), has published information on contract costs, expenditure and service levels at central, provincial, district and community level, and shared publications with partners in the WASH sector and governmental partners working in planning and finance.
This publication summarises in bullet points some of the main messages that have emerged from this innovative project. One of the insights has been the need to link expenditure to the (low) service levels that exist today in rural and peri-urban areas. This evidence base can guide those who bring WASH services to communities. Enabling the sector to face up to the realities of service delivery by monitoring service levels and costs is a first step towards improvement.
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)