WASHCost in practice
Here, you will find information on the WASHCost countries, uptake of the life-cycle costs approach by various organisations, and "The real cost of sustainable services campaign".
Find out how different organisations around the world are using the life-cycle costs approach.
What do people think about the life-cycle costs approach? Read testaments from various organisations around the world.
IRC is supporting the National Water and Sanitation Council (CONASA) and the Honduran Social Investment Fund (FHIS) in the process of standardisation of intervention models in the water and sanitation sector in Honduras. Key to this is an understanding of life-cycle costs, as based on these, criteria for efficiency and effectivity of intervention models can be defined. To that effect, IRC is undertaking an analysis of different life-cycle cost categories of water and sanitation systems in the country. Follow this page to find updates on IRC and CONASA's progress in Honduras.
WASH actors in Bangladesh are applying the life-cycle costs approach. Read reports here.
WASHCost Sierra Leone will run from January 2013 to January 2014 in order to assess the life-cycle costs of in-country WASH services. Follow this page for progress updates, intermediate results, and outcomes.
Le projet WASHCost d’une durée de 5 ans (de 2008 à 2012) collectera et assemblera des informations concernant les coûts réels désagrégés des services d'approvisionnement en eau potable, d'hygiène et d'assainissement aux pauvres vivant en milieux rural et péri-urbain, en prenant en compte la durée de vie de ces services. A travers la collecte de données sur les coûts réels et désagrégés des services AEPHA, les objectifs de WASHCost sont d'abord d'améliorer les connaissances sur les couts unitaires à long terme de ces services, et ensuite de favoriser la prise en compte de ce coût dans les processus de planification des services d'AEPHA, à tous les niveaux.
According to the Joint Monitoring Programme, water supply coverage in rural areas increased from 37% up to 64% between 1990 and 2004, while the coverage in urban areas remained at a fairly high level of around 88%. Little progress has been made in the field of sanitation: coverage is as low as 27% and 11% in urban and rural respectively.
WASHCost in Ghana is implemented in partnership with the Department of Civil Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
WASHCost India is implemented in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Over the last 25 years, Andhra Pradesh moved towards the forefront of developing and piloting innovative approaches to WASH service delivery and watershed development. WASHCost India aims to build on this accumulated knowledge and expertise. Working in close cooperation with the Department of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, the lead partner for WASHCost India is the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS). The other two partners are the Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN) and the Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management Institute (LNRMI).
Mozambique is largely a rural country with 70% of the population residing in rural areas, often in scattered homesteads. Due to the lack of accurate data needed to estimate the true cost of providing sustainable and good quality WASH services to the poor, WASHCost Mozambique endeavours to seek out and improve the availability of cost information.
The lead partner for WASHCost in Mozambique is the Direcção Nacional de Àguas (DNA) while the project is hosted by CoWater Consuldores Lda.