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The WASH Systems Academy

The WASH Systems Academy

The learning platform for water, sanitation and hygiene systems strengthening

Finance for sustainable WASH systems

Course objectives: A lack of finance is one of the main reasons for unsustainable services, leaving many people without access. In this course, you will learn how to attract more funding for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services and how to use existing funds more efficiently and effectively.

By the end of the course, participants will have a good understanding of finance as an essential part of sustainable WASH systems. You will know:

  • how finance is one of the essential building blocks for universal and sustainable WASH services
  • what finance for universal and sustainable WASH services entails
  • the status of finance for universal WASH services
  • ways to strengthen finance for more resilient WASH systems

Course content: Improving water, sanitation and hygiene services' performance will make it more attractive to investors. This will lead to increased funding and ultimately, access to universal and sustainable  services.

Developed in collaboration with IRC, and Water For People, this course brings together the latest thinking from around the world to equip you with the insights and tools to accelerate finance for more resilient water, sanitation and hygiene systems.

The majority of this course is also available offline. You can download the complete session texts, including all the exercises, via the course resources tab. This allows you to follow part of the course offline. However, you will need to connect to the online platform to participate in the forum discussions, upload the materials you create and complete the multiple-choice tests and quizzes.


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Session overview: The course content is as follows:

  • Session 1: Introducing the finance building block
  • Session 2: The life-cycle costs of sustainable WASH services
  • Session 3: Funding life-cycle costs Funding the life-cycle costs of sustainable WASH services
  • Session 4: Status of WASH finance
  • Session 5: Finance strategies
  • Session 6: Increase efficiencies
  • Session 7: Maximise existing funding
  • Session 8: Mobilise more funding through taxes
  • Session 9: Mobilise more funding through tariffs
  • Session 10: Use repayable finance
  • Session 11: Adopt innovative approaches

Length: On average, the course takes a minimum of 16 hours to complete.

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