Financing and Cost Recovery
Few countries have realistic policies, operational strategies or plans for cost recovery and financing for sustainable water supply services, particularly for the poor. In fact most of the strategies for cost recovery are short sighted and address only part of the issue of sustainability, resulting in system degradation. Governments, development agencies and communities all over the world are struggling with this. This focus area needs to be addressed urgently.
In the lead-up to the World Water Forum 2012, sector specialists throughout the world have been asked to report specific solutions for addressing this challenge. Based on these concrete examples, IRC and WSUP propose six key solutions for pro-poor WASH finance. We urge financing institutions, governments and service providers worldwide to put these key solutions into practice.
Session date: Tuesday 13th March, 14:30—16:30 hrs, WWF 2012, Marseille, France.
The WASHCost Project (2008-2012) in which IRC and partners are involved, researches the life-cycle costs of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in rural and peri-urban areas in four countries. The rationale is that WASH governance will improve at all levels, as decision makers and stakeholders analyse the costs of sustainable, equitable and efficient services and put their knowledge to use.
This blog addresses issues related to financing strategies and mechanisms for water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in rural and urban areas with a focus on the poorest and sustainability. It includes news collected by the editor of E-Source and contributions from IRC innovation programme staff working on the Financing and Cost Recovery theme and the WASHCost Project.
The IRC Symposium 2010, 'Pumps, Pipes and Promises: Costs, Finances and Accountability for Sustainable WASH Services' addressed the intersecting issues of costing, financing and accountability in WASH service delivery. Participants shared views on twitter or in the IRC Symposium 2010 blog.
The Financing and Cost Recovery News pages contain the latest information on:
- Announcement of events, publications, workshops and trainings;
- Brief reports on conferences and Thematic Group meeting proceedings; and,
- News flashes on developments in the area of financing and cost recovery for water supply
Information on events such as workshops, seminars and round tables on microfinance and cost recovery. Papers, presentations and background material are listed per event (past and present).