IRC, triple-S, WASHCost, Fontes Uganda
Understanding the full life-cycle costs of (rural) WASH services is a big step towards increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of investments in the Ugandan WASH sector, which have become scarcer over the past year. It is a major challenge to find a balance between the allocation of money for new infrastructure to increase coverage and the allocation for major repairs and rehabilitation of WASH infrastructure to maintain provision of a basic level of service.
The methodology and approach that aims to bring the answers to these and other questions is called the Life Cycle Cost Approach (LCCA). The lifecycle cost approach can be used for monitoring and costing sustainable WASH services by assessing costs and comparing them against levels of service provided. This approach has been introduced and developed by IRC, the International Water and Sanitation Centre, and partners in the WASHCost project.