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.
The WASHCost Calculator is an intuitive & dynamic life-cycle costs tool for the evaluation of water, sanitation and hygiene services. The tool will cater to both those who are just getting started with life-cycle costs and service levels as well as more advanced users who are already applying the life-cycle costs approach in their work. In both cases, the tool provides quick feedback in a comprehensive report on the cost of providing a service, the level of service achieved, and specific risks.
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This blog will bring you the latest news on the WASHCost calculator, an intuitive and dynamic life-cycle costs tool for the evaluation of water, sanitation and hygiene services. The tool will cater to both those who are just getting started with life-cycle costs and service levels as well as more advanced users who are already applying the life-cycle costs approach in their work.
WASHCost - a US$ 14.5m, five-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and implemented by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) - has been a bold, global attempt to gain accurate knowledge on disaggregated water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) costs in rural and peri-urban areas. This independent End-of-Project assessment, commissioned by IRC, reflects on the lessons learnt from the project.
Interested to know how WASHCost has dealt with the issue of sustaining rural and peri-urban water, sanitation and hygiene services in Ghana, India, Mozambique and Burkina Faso? Check out the four country films representing the work carried out by the WASHCost country teams; the twenty minute feature film looking deeper into the sustainability issues of rural and peri-urban water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services or the animation explaining the different cost components and how to measure service levels.
The WASHCost film series have been developed by the WASHCost project team in collaboration with Lokaal Mondiaal.
At an annual WASH learning retreat in Kenya for Action Contre la Faim (ACF International) IRC was invited to give an introduction to the Service Delivery Approach (SDA) and Life-Cycle Cost Approach (LCCA) to about 33 ACF WASH staff from 20 countries (and 3 headquarters). This presentation started with the analysis of poor sustainability of WASH infrastructures as observed in most countries, and the need to move from business as usual towards a service delivery approach.
Working paper 6 - Assessment of hygiene interventions: Cost-effectiveness study applied to Burkina Faso
This working paper presents the results obtained in applying a methodology for assessing hygiene cost effectiveness in two sites in Burkina Faso: Ladiana and Ouahabou.