Setting the scene on costs
Provides an overview of current problems on costs, their impacts, and some short term goals (intermediate outcomes), priority actions and ultimate visions in moving towards change.
An overview of current problems and their impacts, some short term goals (intermediate outcomes), priority actions and ultimate vision.
After decades of work, many of us in the sector still do not know how much our interventions actually cost or will cost in the future. New initiatives, including the WASHCost project (www.washcost.info), have started to shine a light on what it really costs to provide water and sanitation services.
Methodological improvements have been made over recent years to understand the cost of providing WASH. This session will focus on how to ensure relevant comparisons are made in informing WASH service delivery, drawing upon experiences in developing comparative cost information on both technologies and service levels. The WASHcost project will share elements of its research protocol including key concepts,definitions and multiple methods for costing.
This session will discuss how cost information is currently used in decision-making and agenda setting, and how this can be improved. It will consider the extent to which current policies and investments are driven by good evidence on costs as well as the efforts being made to improve the quality of these processes by monitoring outcomes.