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20 Aug 2014 description

Capacity Self Assessments help organisations achieve their goals

Carmen da Silva Wells

Improving the performance of the WASH sector to achieve services for life requires change within organisations and sector institutions. Such change cannot be achieved with standardised one-off training for individual staff. A short paper describes our experience in Indonesia with Capacity Self-Assessments, a tool to catalyse a participatory process towards continually improving organisational performance.

30 Apr 2014 description

At IRC, we believe that turning on a working tap should not be a surprise or cause for celebration.
We believe in a world where water, sanitation and hygiene are fundamental services that everyone is able to take for granted. For good.

30 Apr 2014 description


The implementation of sanitation and hygiene programmes, let alone the setup of effective rural sanitation services in West-Africa are facing tremendous challenges, as low coverage rates clearly indicate.

20 Feb 2014 description
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he first Unclogging the Blockages conference took place in Kampala, Uganda from Feb 18-20, 2014 with the aim of putting on the table some of the major challenges facing the scale up of sustainable sanitation as well as in in collaborating towards innovative solutions. The conference gathered a diverse array of over 150 individuals both from within and outside the sanitation sector, including those working on business approaches, finance, health, demand creation, and technology development.

30 Dec 2011 description


Aid effectiveness is about improving the quality of aid and its impact on development and as such on the socio‐economic, political and environmental living conditions of people and their well‐being.
The purpose of this Thematic Overview Paper (TOP) is to present the latest thinking on aid effectiveness in the water and sanitation sector and the context in which this has taken place.

12 Aug 2011 description

Later on 22 July 2011 we visit two ecological toilet blocks on the Kigali highway that turn out not to be hygienic at all. Our first stop is just outside the Rulindo District headquarter in the Northern Province, where we meet Mr. Diogene Bitunguranye, Acting Executive Secretary of the elected District Council. He was holding the fort, as the Mayor, vice Mayor, Executive Officer and Budget Officer were preparing the sanitation targets for the next financial year to be presented to the President next Tuesday.

12 Aug 2011 description

When we enter the Rwangala village to find out how the Community Hygiene Club works in practice we see a large group of women in white WaterAid T-shirts wave goodbye to a leaving bus with participants from the AfricaSan 3 Conference in July 2011. I am introduced first to Emile Gasirabo, the leader of this village in Kanzenze cell, sector Ntamara, district Bugesera in Eastern Province, 30 kilometres out of Kigali.

17 Jul 2011 description



The objective of this compilation is to strengthen the capacity of organisations to design and deliver effective hygiene promotion programs leading to the improved health of communities.

20 Mar 2011 description


WASH in schools is globally recognised as a key intervention to promote children's right to health and clean environment and to influence a generational change in health promotion behaviour and attitudes.

27 Nov 2010 description

It costs a lot of money to provide low quality water and sanitation services - and more expensive technology alone will not solve the problem, Catarina Fonseca, Director of the WASHCost project, has told an audience of economists, WASH specialists and researchers. Research in four countries has found that switching from boreholes with handpumps to small piped services can triple the costs but often leaves people with service levels somewhere between sub-standard and basic.

The WASHCost project is working with partners in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique and in the Indian State of Andhra …

26 Nov 2010 description

Updated - Friday 26 November 2010

Authors: Lucrezia Koestler, Andreas G Koestler, Marius A Koestler

Life-cycle costs of rural water systems have until now been poorly documented and paid little attention to. Most actors such as donors, NGOs, governments and other stakeholders tend to focus on the capital costs and do not know what it costs to run and maintain systems over time.

11 Nov 2010 description

Author: Arjen Naafs

There is considerable interest in how to collect and use life-cycle cost information, which is critical to planning and budgeting for sustainable services. This document discusses how the information has been collected in Mozambique within the framework of the WASHCost project. An assessment is made of which tools have proven to be most suitable to collect which type of information, and this information will be useful for planning similar efforts in other provinces of Mozambique or in other countries.

11 Nov 2010 description

Authors: Amah Klutse, Zakari Bouraima and Cyrille Amegnran

The study is conducted in the framework of the WASHCost project in Burkina Faso from data collected in both rural and peri-urban areas. A total of 661households have been surveyed of which 478 households had toilets.

The aim of the current paper is to compare the capital expenditure (CapEx) and the operational and maintenance expenditure (OpEx and CapManEx) for sanitation facilities in rural and peri-urban areas in Burkina Faso.

04 Oct 2010 description

A five-year IRC initiative unveils the hidden costs of water and sanitation services through action research that draws on the knowledge and perspectives of partners in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique and India. WASHCost offers new analytical approaches and methodologies with an aim of contributing to people's sustained access to water and sanitation (WASH) in rural and peri-urban areas by demonstrating the life-cycle costs of WASH services.

01 Oct 2010 description

Communities in Uganda are responsible for making cash payments towards the construction of water supply facilities (e.g. boreholes), their operations and maintenance.

30 Sep 2010 description

This working paper sets out a common framework to analyse and compare sanitation cost data across countries with different service delivery standards.

It represents a fundamental shift away from the focus on capital investment costs to the costs of sustainable sanitation services. It is valuable reading for anyone providing WASH services.

31 Aug 2010 description

The first section of this paper outlines the scope and purpose of this Working Paper. Section two reviews sanitation levels in current use and proposes indicators of a sustainable sanitation service as a basis for the WASHCost sanitation levels. Section three presents sanitation service level norms and criteria in WASHCost countries. Section four sets out the proposed WASHCost sanitation service levels.

11 Jun 2010 description

Football superstars including Didier Drogba and Arjen Robben have joined WASH United to fight for safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for all.

WASH United is an initiative set up by German NGO Brot f=FCr die Welt linking sector organisations with sport.